LOGAN, Utah — Utah State men’s tennis came into the 2011 season with a goal to win every home match of the season, and on Thursday afternoon USU accomplished that goal by defeating Air Force Academy, 5-2, at the Logan Sports Academy and Racquet Club. It is the first time in Aggies men’s tennis history that a team has gone undefeated at home, and this year’s squad also tied the mark set by the 2010 men’s tennis team by capturing six home wins in a season.Utah State’s determination was evident early in its doubles matches as it was able to sweep all three and take the early, 1-0, lead on Air Force. In the opening doubles position, USU senior Bryan Marchant and partner sophomore Sven Poslusny, set the precedent by controlling AFA’s Lance Wilhelm and Steven Young, on the way to an 8-3 statement win. With Thursday’s win, Marchant and Poslusny captured their 14th win of the season in doubles action, and their 14 wins ties with seniors Jakob Asplund and Nikita Ryaschenko, who also won their match in the No. 3 position on Thursday, for the team lead. Battling hard in the second position of doubles matches for the Aggies was senior Alex Thatcher and freshman Fredrik Peterson, who found themselves lock in a showdown with the Falcons’ Andy Jackson and Alex Grubbs. The teams exchanged point for point and game for game, until Thatcher and Peterson finally broke through late in the action to claim the match, 8-7, and secured the sweep for Utah State in doubles play. USU cut Air Force no slack in its singles matches, as the Aggies were able to win four of the six match-ups, three of which were straight set winners. Utah State seniors, Asplund and Marchant made the most of their final home matches as they posted identical, 6-3, 6-2, straight set victories over their AFA opponents. For Marchant, it was his team-best 13th win in singles action and was the 12th win for Asplund. In the No. 6 position, Ryashchenko made his final home match for USU a memorable one, as he was entrenched in a three set shoot-out with the Falcons Alex Beaussart. Ryashchenko established himself early in the first set with a 6-2 win, only to see Beaussart come charging back in the second by beating Ryashchenko, 6-3, and forced a super tie-breaking third set. The two were deadlocked early in the final set before Ryashchenko took control of the set with a flurry of winners, that sealed a 10-5 win, which gave the Aggies their fifth point of the afternoon. Utah State improves to 12-9 on the season and are 9-5 against non-Western Athletic Conference teams. USU will now turn its sights to in-state foe Weber State as the two teams will meet on Thursday, April 21 in Ogden. The Aggies will look to gain momentum as they prepare for the upcoming WAC Championships at the end of the month. It will be almost one month to the day from when the two teams last squared off against each other, which resulted in a 5-2, win for Utah State on March 22.Fans can follow Utah State athletics, including men’s tennis, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.com. Utah State 5, Air Force 2Singles competition1. Sven Poslusny (USU) def. Lance Wilhelm (AFA) 6-4, 8-62. Jakob Asplund (USU) def. Andy Jackson (AFA) 6-3, 6-23. Taylor Soster (AFA) def. Fredrik Peterson (USU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-34. Bryan Marchant (USU) def. Alex Grubbs (AFA) 6-3, 6-25. Steven Young (AFA) def. Alex Thatcher (USU) 6-1, 4-6, 12-106. Nikita Ryashchenko (USU) def. Alex Beaussart (AFA) 6-2, 3-6, 10-5Doubles competition1. Marchant/Poslusny (USU) def. Wilhelm/Young (AFA) 8-32. Peterson/Thatcher (USU) def. Jackson/Grubbs (AFA) 8-73. Asplund/Ryashchenko (USU) def. Soster/Barnes (AFA) 8-4-USU-
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