Three Bronco victories later and that certainty and accompanying 3-0 lead had melted away into a 3-3 tie. The team, junior, for a dispiriting loss of face Javier Ruiz In reply to the bell, the final two points of a decisive third set to clinch the 4-3 victory over USU at Boise State on Saturday at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.
“We’ve had a lot of adversity through the fight,” junior Bodin Zarkovic said. “I’m really proud of Javy. I think this is a lot of people, not just for the team, but for him too. I think this is a great source of confidence for all of us.”
The Aggies started the match in near-perfect form. Juniors David Cierny and Bodin Zarkovic Scoring a 6-3 victory at the top of the doubles game to start the match. Ruiz and sophomore Jack Ninteman Then emerge victorious in a tiebreak, 7-6 (5), to secure the doubles point for USU. On court three, senior Felipe Acosta and freshman Sergi Micó Fenollar stormed back from a 5-2 deficit to force a tiebreak of their own before the match was suspended at 6-6.
In singles play, USU continued to dominate its display as the Aggies took the first set and went one-on-one in the second set. The Tides began turning to Boise State, however, as each of the Broncos managed to return their favor by securing break points to their own second sets through the midway.
“It was very tough,” Ruiz said. “We won the doubles point and we were up to a set and a break on almost every court, so I thought that maybe I was going to play. We were warmed up and suddenly, it came down to Roko and me and they were Both were very tight matches and I had to get it done. They were very tough, long matches. “
At the top two matches, Zarkovic and Cierny recovered and took control again. Cierny won, 6-3, 6-3, at no. Zarkovic recorded a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 2 during the 2-spot. 1s to put the Aggies up 3-0 in the match. Utah State entered tiebreaks with both third and fourth positions to clinch the opportunity but BSU clawed back to trim USU’s margin to 3-2. Even the teams that finished fifth in the three sets in another Bronco victory were 3-3 and the sixth position at Ruiz to match the rest of the fate.
“I’m a very nervous player,” Ruiz said. For some reason, I just locked in. I was talking to (USU assistant coach) Hunter (Nicholas). “For some reason, I wasn’t very nervous today.”
After a tiebreak to win an impressive comeback, and a second in the fall, Ruiz and his opponent, BSU’s James Van Herzeele, had a 4-4 draw in the third set. It was then the product of Lausanne, Switzerland, a match for the deciding points for a service held and captured.
“I think we competed really well,” Zarkovic said. “There was a lot of intensity today. “
The win avenges last season’s 4-1 loss to the Broncos which snapped USU’s seven-match winning streak in the series. With the victory, the Aggies also catapult themselves into the first place for a three-way tie with Nevada and New Mexico.
“First of all, we still have a shot to win the conference,” Ruiz said, “and that’s what’s important for us. I think we’ve had a curse of kindness. We lost seven times, 4-3. It just goes really well and we can still win the conference regular season title. “
The Utah State will wrap up its regular season schedule as the Aggies are set to take on the Air Force on Thursday, April 21, at 2 pm (MT) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. on Saturday, April 23, at Noon (MT) in Albuquerque.
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Utah State 4, Boise State 3
Sports Academy & Racquet Club
1. David Cierny/Bodin Zarkovic (USU) def. Simon Arca Costas / Caden Moortgat (BSU) 6-3
2. Jack Ninteman/Javier Ruiz (USU) def. Jan Lucca Marquardt / Ryo Minakata (BSU) 7-6 (5)
3. Felipe Acosta/ Sergi Mico Fenollar (USU) vs. Michael Bott / James Van Herzeele (BSU) 6-6, unfinished
1. Zarkovic (USU) def. Pedro Liborio (BSU) 6-2, 7-5
2. Cierny (USU) def. Arca Costas (BSY) 6-3, 6-3
3. Marquardt (BSU) def. Mico Fenollar (USU) 2-6, 7-6 (13), 6-4
4. Moortgat (BSU) def. Acosta (USU) 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)
5. Minakata (BSU) def. Roko Savin (USU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Ruiz (USU) def. Van Herzeele (BSU) 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4
Utah State: 9-10 (3-1 MW)
Boise State: 13-9 (2-3 MW)
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2) – Singles (2,1,3,4,5,6)
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