Freshman Zach Ganger picked up a win at the No. 2 singles over Utah State's Hannes Schenk.
Jan. 24, 2005
Salt Lake City - The University of Utah men's tennis team crushed Utah State 6-1 in their season opener at the Eccles Tennis Center.
The Utes swept in doubles and picked up the one point lead. Freshman Zach Ganger teamed up with sophomore Miron Mann at the No. 1 spot to defeat Aggies Jonas Tyden and Dantley Young (8-0). At No. 2, sophomore Nick Coutts and freshman Rian Rifkin dispatched Joao Pinho and Hannes Schenk (8-4). Ute duo of sophomores Tomasz Grzyb and Ryan Scott picked up the final doubles win with an (8-5) victory over Mike Banks and Roshan Rusekhi.
In singles play, Utah claimed wins at five spots. Freshmen Ganger and Rifkin made it into the lineup. Ganger defeated Schenk (6-2, 7-5) at the No. 2. After a hard fought match at the No. 5, Rifkin fell to Aggie Brad Ferguson (4-6, 7-5 (10-7)).
Assistant Coach Graeme Cox.: "Tonight was a nice start to the 2005 season. It is always great to start off with a win. Utah St. competed well and the match was closer that the score indicated. Rian Rifkin made an excellent doubles debut, and Zach Ganger was impressive in his first match as a Ute. Hopefully they, and the rest of the team will be able to continue the good form into the Montana St. match on Friday."
Utah 6, Utah State 1
Singles: 1.Tomasz Grzyb def. Joao Pinho 6-1, 7-5 2.Zach Gangder def. Hannes Schenk 6-2, 7-5 3.Nick Coutts def. Roshan Rusekhi 6-7,6-3 4.Miron Mann def. Jonas Tyden 6-3, 6-2 5.Ryan Scott def. Dantley Young, 2-0, def. 6.Brad Ferguson def. Rian Rifkin 4-6,7-5,(10-7)
Doubles: 1.Mann/Ganger def. Tyden/Young 8-0 2.Coutts/Rifkin def. Pinho/Schenk 8-4 3.Grzyb/Scott def. Mike Banks/Rusekhi 8-5