OGDEN, Utah -- The Weber State men's tennis team kicked off the Big Sky Conference regular season on Sunday, cruising to a 7-0 sweep of Portland State at the Ogden Athletic Club.
"This was a solid way to start off the conference season," said WSU head coach Brad Ferreira. "All of the guys played tough today. Jakub (Gewert) lost his first set, and was down in the second, but still held strong and fought back to win. I'm really pleased with the effort that we put forth today."
After Sanjay Goswami and Todd Fought handily defeated Brent Wheeler and Ian Risenhoover 8-2 in the No. 2 doubles match, the Wildcats pulled off a pair of tight matches at No. 1 and 3 to sweep the doubles competition. Caio Poitena and Oliver Good defeated Antoine Bechmann and Abhinau 8-6 in the top match, while Anthony Trabert and Ryan Garner edged out Stratton Gilmore and Connor Gilmore 8-7 at No. 3.
In singles play, the Wildcats took the No. 2 through 5 matches in straight sets, while Jakub Gewert (No. 1) and Garner (No. 6) won in three-set matches.
Gewert dropped his opening set 6-4, but rallied for a 6-3 second-set win and finished off the match with a 10-6 tiebreak third.
At No. 2, Todd Fought defeated Will Cochrane 6-2, 6-2, while Good downed Stratton Gilmore 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3. Poitena fought off Connor Gilmore 7-5 in his opening set, and then finished off his opponent in the No. 4 match with a 6-3 second-set win.
Goswami took down Wheeler 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 5 match, and Ryan Garner won 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 over Lukas Kortus in the No. 6 spot in the lineup.
The Wildcats improved to 3-5 overall, while Portland State dropped to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in Big Sky play.
Weber State 7, Portland State 0
Feb 17, 2013 at Ogden, UT (Ogden Athletic Club)
1. GEWERT, Jakub (WSU) def. BECHMANN, Antoine (PSU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-6
2. FOUGHT, Todd (WSU) def. COCHRANE, Will (PSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. GOOD, Oliver (WSU) def. GILMORE, Stratton (PSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. POITENA, Caio (WSU) def. GILMORE, Connor (PSU) 7-5, 6-3
5. GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) def. WHEELER, Brent (PSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. GARNER, Ryan (WSU) def. KORTUS, Lukas (PSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
1. POITENA, Caio/GOOD, Oliver (WSU) def. BECHMANN, Antoine/MISHRA, Abhinau (PSU) 8-6
2. GOSWAMI, Sanjay/FOUGHT, Todd (WSU) def. WHEELER, Brent/RISENHOOVER, Ian (PSU) 8-2
3. TRABERT, Anthony/GARNER, Ryan (WSU) def. GILMORE, Stratton/GILMORE, Connor (PSU) 8-7
Portland State 4-6; 0-2 BSC
Weber State 3-5; 1-0 BSC