Mesa men’s tennis team swept in spring opener

Mesa State College’s men’s tennis team opened the spring season indoors Saturday with a dual at Division I Utah State, losing 7-0 at the Logan Sports Academy and Racquet Club.

Niko Carrizo pushed his No. 6 singles match to three sets before losing to Jose Limon 6-2, 4-6, 10-4.

The other five singles matches were won in straight sets by the Aggies.

“I was really happy with the way we played,” Mesa State coach Dan MacDonald said. “Niko went three sets and one and three doubles were competitive and Rashad (Khamis) played well.

“It was a good experience for the first match of the year and I think they’ve played eight. They’re a D-I and they’ve got more depth than I remember. We haven’t played them in four or five years, but their coach told me we’ve got more depth than we used to, too.”

Jordan Chomko and Nick Provenza lost to Jakob Asplund and Bryan Marchant at No. 1 doubles 8-4, and the No. 3 team of Brason Hollabaugh and Andres Hernandez lost an 8-6 decision to Nate Ballam and Nikita Ryaschenko.

Asplund defeated Chomko 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, but Khamis challenged Sven Poslusny at No. 2 before losing 7-5, 6-3.

“It looks tough on paper, but it’ll pay off down the road,” MacDonald said.

Track & Field

Alexis Skarda placed third in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 18.48 seconds for Mesa State’s women’s track team in the Colorado School of Mines Twilight Open indoor track meet late Friday.

Michelle Clements was ninth in the shot put (11.31 meters) and Jessica Needham 11th (10.90 meters) and Clements finished 11th in the weight throw (12.63 meters) and Needham 17th (11.51 meters).

The Mavericks will compete in the RMAC Indoor Championships this weekend in Golden. The outdoor season begins March 27 at the Colorado Mines Open.

NORDIC SKIING

Mesa State defeated defending national champion Wyoming, taking first, second and fourth in a women’s 10k skate race in Laramie.

Sophomore Kelsey Follett won the first race of her college career, followed by sophomore Brooke Bosman. In fourth place, two seconds out of third, was Silvia Moelk.

Today the teams will compete in a 10k classic race.


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