ITA Men’s All-American Championships Results

Matt Cowley

Matt Cowley

Tulsa, OK. – The Utah men’s tennis team’s run at the All-American Championships came to an end in singles on Sunday at The University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Utes were represented in the pre-qualifying singles draw by senior Cedric Willems, junior Matt Cowley and sophomore Parker McGuiness. No. 51 ranked Slim Hamza was forced to withdraw from the main draw due to an injury.

“Obviously I hoped that one of the guys would have continued to the qualifying draw, but we played hard and competed very well,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “The guys are doing a great job in trying to execute those things we have worked on in practice and we are already playing a lot better tennis than a few weeks ago.”

After receiving a walkover in the first round, Cedric Willems narrowly fell to 26th seeded Konrad Zieba of Northwestern University, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(6). In consolation play on Sunday, Willems beat Chris Essick (Indiana) in straight sets; 7-6(6), 6-2.

Parker Mcguiness won his first round match against Max Phipps of Southern Illinois University. Mcguiness jumped out to a 6-1 lead after which Phipps retired. In the second round, Mcguiness was edged by Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State University, 7-5, 6-1.

Matt Cowley fought hard in the first round to achieve a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 come from behind win over Matt Barry of Penn State University. Cowley’s run came to an end with tight 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 loss to Frankie Colunga of Texas A&M University.

The Utes will continue play at the All-American Championships when Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems team up for doubles play on Tuesday in the qualifying draw.

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Utah Men’s Tennis Readies for ITA All-American Championships

Cedric Willems

Cedric Willems

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men’s tennis team will send three Utes to the 2014 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships, hosted by The University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Competition will begin this weekend and continue to next week.

Senior Cedric Willems, junior Matt Cowley, and sophomore Parker McGuiness will begin the tournament Saturday in the pre-qualifying singles draw. Willems and Cowley will then represent the Utes in the qualifying doubles draw, beginning Monday, Sept. 29, and ending Wednesday, Oct.1. Senior Slim Hamza was forced to withdraw from the main draw due to an injury he sustained earlier this month.

Last season at the All-American Championships, No. 84 and 29th-seeded Slim Hamza reached the second round of the singles qualifying draw, while he and Willems advanced as far as the fourth round of the doubles qualifying draw.

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Hamza Out for Fall, Withdraws from All-American Championships

Slim Hamza

Slim Hamza

Senior Slim Hamza is forced to withdraw from competition in the main draw of the All-American Championships after sustaining a significant knee injury at the ITF Futures in Costa Mesa, Ca last week.

“This obviously is a huge blow for Slim and the entire team,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Slim is very eager to have a successful last season as a Ute and we will definitely miss his presence on the court this fall. All we can hope for is a speedy recovery and to have him back before competition in the spring. Unfortunately, these things are part of competitive athletics.”

No. 51 ranked Hamza was about to enter his second stint in the main draw of the All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma next week and was considered to be one of the top contenders for the title at the Regional Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada in October. He was voted as the team’s captain this past Saturday.

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Hamza, Willems Elected Team Captains

Captain Slim Hamza

Senior Slim Hamza

Seniors Slim Hamza and Cedric Willems have been elected to serve as the men’s tennis team captains for the 2014/2015 season. Hamza will serve as the team’s captain after receiving the most team votes, while Willems will serve as vice-captain.

“Slim and Cedric will do a fantastic job,” said head men’s tennis coach Roeland Brateanu. “Both have an outstanding record in the classroom and on the tennis court and their extensive experience will help them lead our team.”

Tunisian Davis Cup team member Slim Hamza enters his last year at the U and hopes to make it his most successful year yet. He currently sits on a national ranking of No. 51, and for the 2nd time in his career, Hamza will compete in the main draw at the All-American Championships next week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hamza has career singles wins over every Pac-12 school and has been ranked as high as No. 34 in the nation.

“I’m honored to have been selected by my teammates to serve as their captain,” said Hamza. “I take this responsibility very serious and will do anything in my power to make this a special and memorable season. One for all, and all for one!”

Cedric Willems enters his third year as a Ute after competing for one year at Clemson. He is a former Dutch Junior National Indoor Champion and has competed for the Utes mainly at the No’s. 4-6 singles positions. Willems teamed up with roommate Slim Hamza last year to compete at No. 1 doubles.

 

 

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Utes Close Out Costa Mesa Futures

Freshman Santiago Sierra

Freshman Santiago Sierra

After a promising first day at the ITF Futures event in Costa Mesa, California, the Utes had a tough second day of competition, losing all three matches.

“We came here to play some tough competition and to measure ourselves against some very good players. We had some tough draws, but competed extremely well,” said first year head coach Roeland Brateanu.

15th seeded Slim Hamza lost to Christopher Helliard (GBR), 7-6(4), 6-3, and returned to Salt Lake City immediately after his match to have his injured knee evaluated. Matt Cowley played a solid match against 2013 ITA All-American Andre Dome, but came up a touch short, 7-5, 6-3 and Cedric Willems lost to UCLA’s Ryoto Tachi (JPN) in a tough three set match; 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

The remaining half of the team closed out competition at the Utah Fall Classic at BYU on Saturday. Redshirt junior Justin Archer notched his first singles win of the season, with a 6-2, 7-6 win over BYU’s Jeremy Bourgeois, while Santiago Sierra continues to impress with a 6-2, 7-6 win over fellow teammate Jamey Swiggart.

“It was great to see all our players in action these past few days at various events. There is a lot of work to be done, but we are excited to get started with this crew and to help them improve both on and off the court,” concluded Brateanu.

Next up for the Utes is a trip to the All-American Championships in Tulsa, OK. Cedric Willems, Parker McGuiness and Matt Cowley will represent the team at the pre-qualifying singles event starting September 27, while senior Slim Hamza, ranked No. 51 in the nation, will compete in the main draw.

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Utes Advance at Costa Mesa Futures

Senior Cedric Willems

Senior Cedric Willems

Three Utes advanced to the second round at the Costa Mesa Futures in southern California today. Senior Cedric Willems led the way with an impressive come-from-behind victory over 12th seeded Boris Bakalov, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Willems saved two match points in the third set and won the set after being down 2-5. He will face Ryoto Tachi (Japan) Saturday at 1pm.

Senior Slim Hamza and Matt Cowley both cruised to easy victories. Hamza dispatched Jamie Vance (USA), 6-1, 6-0 and will play Christopher Helliar (Great Britain) in the 2nd round. Junior Matt Cowley beat Nicolas Dowell, 6-0, 6-0, to set up a 2nd round matchup with former college standout and No. 5 seeded Andre Dome (USA).

Sophomore Parker McGuiness was the only Ute left empty handed. The transfer from NC State started slow and couldn’t overcome an early defect against 16th seeded Michal Dembek (Poland), 2-6, 4-6.

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Sierra, Swiggart Advance in Utah Fall Classic

Jamey Swiggart

Jamey Swiggart

Freshman Santiago Sierra and junior transfer Jamey Swiggart have started their Ute careers off in a great fashion by reaching the quarterfinals of the singles main draw at the Utah Fall Classic at BYU.

Swiggart handily beat Steven Balls, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round and didn’t skip a beat against  BYU’s Jeremy Bourgeois, 6-4, 6-4, to reach the quarterfinals. He will face Shane Monroe (BYU) at 1pm on Friday.

After enjoying a bye in the first round, freshman Santiago Sierra joined Swiggart in the quarterfinals after beating Jacob Sullivan (BYU), 6-4, 7-5, in 2nd round action. The Mexican national will now face 2nd seeded and defending champion Andrey Goryachkov Friday at 1pm.

The new Utes also teamed up to beat Tyler Loong and Paul Monson, 8-5, in doubles play. In quarterfinal play they will face former BYU Cougars and 2nd seeded Michael Eraso and Patrick Kawka.

RESULTS
1st Round Main Draw Singles:
Santiago Sierra (UU) bye
Jamey Swiggart (UU) def. Steven Balls 6-1, 6-1
Louis-Philippe Gascon (UU) bye
Jacob Tullis def. Johan Jonhagen (UU) 6-7, 7-6, 7-6
Victor Brown (BYU) def. Justin Archer (UU) 7-6, 6-3

2nd Round Main Draw Singles:
Jamey Swiggart def. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) 6-4, 6-4
Santiago Sierra def. Jacob Sullivan (BYU) 6-4, 7-5
Shane Monroe def. Louis-Philippe Gascon 6-1, 6-3

1st Round Consolation Singles:
Justin Archer (UU) bye
Johan Jonhagen (UU) def. Adrian Canedo 8-0

1st Round Doubles Main Draw:
Sierra/Swiggart (UU) def. Loong/Monson 8-5
Brown/Pfister (BYU) def. Archer/Jonhagen (UU) 8-6

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