Utah State Men’s Tennis sends three players to quarterfinals at ITA Regionals
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Utah State men’s open doubles play in ITA Regionals with a pair of first-round wins as seniors David Cierny, Bodin Zarkovic and sophomore Sergi Micó Fenollar also advanced to the singles quarterfinals.
Cierny and Zarkovic, the seventh seed in doubles entering the tournament, beat Guillermo Martin and Tom Bittner of Montana, 8-5. Junior Stijn Paardekooper and Micó Fenollar passed Idaho State’s Patrick Kristensen and Valentino De Pellegrino, 8-6.
In singles, each of the three remaining Aggies in the main draw advanced through two rounds to the quarter-finals. Micó Fenollar defeated Boise State’s Ryo Minakata, 7-5, 6-0, in the second round before earning a straight-set victory over Idaho’s No. 6 seed Francisco Bascon, 7-6(1) , 7-6 (3) . Cierny beat New Mexico State’s Jordy Visser in the second round, 6-4, 6-1, then beat Denver’s Daniel Sancho Arbizu, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. Zarkovic passed Matteo Masala of Idaho, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, to start his day ahead of a 6-3, 6-2 win over Boise State’s James Van Herzeele.
Paardekooper saw their singles tournament end in a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8) loss to BYU’s Wayne Thally.
Singles and doubles matches are scheduled to continue Saturday at the ITA Regionals.
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ITA REGIONAL RESULTS
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
David Cierny/Bodin Zarkovic (USU) def. Guillermo Martin/Tom Bittner (UM) 8-5
Stijn Paardekooper/Sergi Micó Fenollar (USU) defeated. Patrick Kristensen/Valentino De Pellegrino (ISU) 8-6
Number 4 David Cierny (USU) def. Jordy Visser (NMSU) 6-4, 6-1
#11 Sergi Micó Fenollar (USU) def. Ryō Minakata (BSU) 7-5, 6-0
Wayne Thally (BYU) defeated. Stijn Paardekooper (USU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-8
#5 Bodin Zarkovic (USU) def. Matteo Masala (IU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
No. 4 Cierny (USU) def. Daniel Sancho Arbizu (DU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 11 Micó Fenollar (USU) def. No. 6 Francisco Bascon (IU) 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3)
No. 5 Zarkovic (USU) def. James Van Herzeele (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
First consolation round
Wayne Thally (BYU) defeated. Paardekooper (USU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)