Men's Tennis

UTSA sweeps No. 60 Utah State in 2024 home opener

SAN ANTONIO – It was a home opener to remember for the Roadrunners, as the UTSA men’s tennis team (5-7) delivered a dominating 7-0 sweep of 60th-ranked Utah State (8-2) on Friday afternoon at the UTSA Tennis Center, kicking off their homestand with a big win after a grueling 11-match road start that pitted the Roadrunners against four ranked opponents.

The Roadrunners took charge immediately with a new mix to their doubles lineup, as Miguel Alonso and Alan Magadan quickly moved the scoring needle with a 6-1 besting of Mohammad Alkotop and David Martirosian on court three. On the second court, Jackson Ross and Garrett Skelly followed suit and wrapped up a 30-minute doubles match with a 6-3 defeat of Stefan Vedouelli and Bodin Zarkovic – snapping the USU pair’s 8-0 start to the season.

With the doubles point in hand, Alonso quickly downed Vedouelli in straight 6-1 sets on court six, and Tomás Pinho added a third point with a court three topping of Sergi Micó Fenollar, 6-2, 6-4. In the fourth flight, Danijal Muminovic clinched the victory over the Aggies, downing Nuno Pinheiro, 6-1, 7-5. Though the teams played out the match, that hardly deterred the Roadrunners’ momentum, with Torres finishing next by topping Stijn Paardekooper, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8), ahead of Magadan finishing off Zarkovic, 6-3, 6-3, and Ross closing out the day with a three-setter over Alkotop, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (4).

Quoting Coach Sergey Avdeyev
“I am happy to start the home stretch with a ranked win. Also, the way our guys played today was great to see, everyone played with big purpose. We were missing that in our earlier matches. We have a talented group of guys that deserve special wins!”

Final Score (UTSA 7, No. 60 USU 0)

Doubles Results (UTSA 1, USU 0)
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1. Tomás Pinho/Tiago Torres vs. Stijn Paardekooper/Nuno Pinheiro (USU): UF 3-5
2. Jackson Ross/Garrett Skelly def. Stefan Vedouelli/Bodin Zarkovic (USU): 6-3
3. Miguel Alonso/Alan Magadan def. Mohammad Alkotop/David Martirosian (USU): 6-1

Singles Results (UTSA 6, USU 0)
Order of Finish: (6, 3, 4, 2, 1, 5)
1. Alan Magadan def. Bodin Zarkovic (USU): 6-4, 6-3
2. Tiago Torres def. Stijn Paardekooper (USU): 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
3. Tomás Pinho def. Sergi Micó Fenollar (USU): 6-2, 6-4
4. Danijal Muminovic def. Nuno Pinheiro (USU): 6-1, 7-5
5. Jackson Ross def. Mohammad Alkotop (USU): 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4)
6. Miguel Alonso def. Stefan Vedouelli (USU): 6-1, 6-1

Up Next
It’s a double-match week at home for the Roadrunners, bringing UT Arlington to town for the 47th meeting in the series on Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m. at the UTSA Tennis Center.

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