Annual Ute Fan Fest is Saturday, August 23rd

IMG_1488SALT LAKE CITY – The annual Ute Fan Fest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The event is free to the public and will feature representatives from all 18 Utah varsity teams. The men’s and women’s tennis teams will be there with a quickstart tennis court to hit balls with young fans.

A fireworks display to conclude the night is a new addition to the Fan Fest with the move from afternoon to evening, as well as lighting the U. There will also be performances from band and cheer, with a Red Thunder drum performance new for this year. Interactive games, face painting and photos with U. student-athletes are among the popular events returning. Freshman football players will be on hand to mingle with fans midway through the event.10176343

The bookstore will have a store on the south plaza that will feature the new U Athletics Apparel line and Ute Proud shirts, and the ticket office will be open for single-game football ticket sales. ESPN 700 and Bill Riley will be broadcasting live from the plaza. Concession stands will be open with food available for purchase.

Fans may park in the west parking lot and should enter through gates A and B on the southwest side of the stadium.

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Utah Athletics Kicks Off Ute Proud Campaign

The Utah athletics department and the Ute Indian Tribe seek to raise awareness of what it means to be a Ute with the launch of the “Ute Proud” campaign. An educational video featuring tribe representative Forrest Cuch rolled out today and will be played on the video board at all Utah home events.

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Ute Proud t-shirts, featuring a design that incorporates a graphic by a Ute artist, the circle and feather logo and the Ute Tribe’s official seal, will debut at Saturday’s Fan Fest. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales, which will sell for $20, will benefit Ute Indian scholarships and youth programs. In addition to the Fan Fest on Aug. 23, the shirts will be available soon at the U. Campus Store and area Red Zone stores.

The Utah athletics department will also distribute Ute Proud cards at the Fan Fest and all athletic events. The cards are one in a series of informational tools the U. has created to encourage fans to learn more about the Ute Indian Tribe and thereby, what it means to be “Ute Proud.”

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The education effort, which is also promoted on UtahUtes.com/UteProud and UteTribe.com, explains that the Utes are a Great Basin Native American tribe with more than 3,000 tribal members–more than half living on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Northeastern Utah. The Utes are important contributors to Utah’s economy through developing energy resources and raising livestock. The Utes speak their own language derived from the Uto-Aztecan language family. They were among the first tribes to acquire the horse from the Spanish, which transformed their culture.

The Ute Proud campaign will include a Native American Heritage Awareness promotion for the Utah-Arizona football game on Nov. 22. Utah’s helmets for that game will bear the Ute tribal seal, the game ball will be presented to a representative of the tribe, the Ute Honor Guard will present the national colors and there will be a special halftime performance arranged by the Ute tribe’s Pow Wow Committee.

“We feel honored to represent the Ute Tribe,” said Utah Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hill. “Our teams, coaches, staff and the entire University community hope our fans will join us in representing the Utes with dignity and respect at all times, and proudly saying `Go Utes!'”

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Utes Announce Utah Varsity Tennis Clinics

Circle and Feather VectorThe University of Utah Men’s Tennis Program is excited to introduce the University of Utah High School Varsity Tennis Clinic. The Clinic will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30-6.00pm over two 6-week sessions at the Eccles Tennis Center.

Session 1: September 2 – October 9
Session 2: October 21 – November 27

Clinics will be under the instruction of University of Utah Men’s Tennis Coach Roeland Brateanu, Assistant Coach Daniel Pollock, and counselors from the men’s tennis team. The clinic will focus on winning match strategies for singles and doubles and developing skills important to being successful in high school varsity tennis. The clinic is limited to players in grades 9-12, and, although it is not required, it is recommended that participants have at least 2-3 years prior competitive tennis experience.

To ensure high quality practice, and that only 4 players are on the court at one time, enrollment is limited to 16 players per session.

The cost of the clinic is $360 per 6-week session and is due on or before the first day. Refunds will not be given after the first session has started and no discounts are available. To enroll or for more information, please email menstennis@utah.edu

For any additional information on private and/or group lessons, please click here.

In compliance with NCAA rules this clinic is open to any and all applicants, limited only by age and number of spaces available.


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ITA Announces New Division I Dual Match Format

ITA LogoThe Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced that it will implement a shorter dual match format for Division I college tennis effective at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. The new format features no-ad scoring, no warmup with opponents and one 6-game set of doubles instead of an 8-game pro set.

“I’m not a big fan of these changes, but we’ll have to see how this will all play out,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “

The ITA outlines the new format as follows:

No-ad scoring in singles and doubles.

Three doubles matches played with no-ad scoring, each match one set to 6, with a tie-break at 6-all.

Followed (after a 10 minute intermission) by six singles matches with no-ad scoring, each match 2 out of 3 sets, with  tie-breaks at 6-all.

No Warm-up with opponents (in doubles and in singles)

Clinch/Clinch: Once the doubles point has been clinched, the remaining doubles match shall be stopped.  And in singles, once the team match has been clinched, any remaining singles matches shall be stopped (unless otherwise agreed upon by both coaches prior to the start of the dual meet match).

“Our goal is to maintain the integrity of the game, and at the same time, make our team matches more exciting, grow the sport and gain new fans,” said Princeton head men’s tennis coach and ITA Division I Operating Committee member Billy Pate, “Collectively, we decided to move forward and leave personal agendas and preferences aside. We started this process with many diverse opinions and directions, and we have arrived with an almost unanimous decision by the Operating Committee to support a dynamic proposal concerning the dual meet format.”

Click here for more information on the new dual meet format.

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Utah Releases 2014/2015 Schedule

The University of Utah men’s tennis team has released its schedule for the upcoming 2014/2015 season.

“We are very excited about our schedule for this upcoming season,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We are playing 15 matches against teams that are regular faces in the national rankings and we are super excited about being back in the ITA National Indoor Championships for the first time in four years. It’s a very exciting time to be a Ute!”

Utah’s schedule features an appearance in the ITA National Indoor Championships, where the third-seeded Utes will face second-seeded Elon in Athens, Georgia on January 23rd, 2015. If the Utes win, they will play the winner of first-seeded Georgia and fourth-seeded Michigan State in the second round, while a loss will result in a consolation match. The last time Utah received an invite to the ITA National Indoor Championships was in 2010.

In Pac-12 Conference play, Utah will host Washington, Oregon and Arizona while challenging USC, UCLA, Stanford and California on the road.

The Utes will host in-state matchups against Utah State on January 31, 2015 and Weber State on February 21, 2015. Utah will look to follow up last year’s Deseret First Duel home victory over BYU with a road match in Provo on March 6, 2015.

Other notable home matches include Denver on February 14, 2015 and New Mexico on March 13, 2015.

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Justin Archer Reaches Semis at ITA Summer Circuit

Justin Archer

Justin Archer

Rising Junior Justin Archer recently reached the semifinals of the ITA Summer Circuit. The segment was played at Sonoma State, July 26-28.

Archer got off to a strong start in the round of 32 with a win over Dylan King of Elk Grove, CA, 6-0, 6-3. Second-seeded Andy Huang of Fremont, CA defaulted because of lateness in the Round of 16, so Justin Archer advanced to the quarterfinals. Archer defeated sixth-seeded Donald E. Hall of Chico, CA 6-4, 6-4 to earn a spot in the semifinals. Third-seeded Cody J. Rakel edged Archer in the semifinals 6-3, 6-2 to end his run.

Click here for the tournament draw.

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Graeme Cox Successfully Defends National Title

Volunteer Assistant Graeme Cox

Volunteer Assistant Graeme Cox, USTA 40s & Over Indoor National Champion

Utah men’s tennis Volunteer Assistant Coach and former player Graeme Cox successfully defended his 40s and over Indoor National Championship in singles and reached the finals in doubles.  The tournament was played in Park City, UT at the Park City MARC.

“Congrats to Graeme Cox on defending his national title,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We couldn’t be happier to have such a great and experienced player on our coaching staff.”

Fourth-seeded Graeme Cox’s singles championship run featured seven matches in 3 days and included a 6-3, 6-1 semifinal victory over the No. 1 ranked player in the nation  Michael Chang of Anaheim, CA. Cox defeated third-seeded Jared Jacobs of Scottsdale Arizona  6-0, 6-4 in the finals to clinch his defense of the national title.

In doubles, Graeme teamed up with former University of Utah men’s tennis player Brandon Owen to earn a second place finish. After reaching the finals with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Jared Jacobs and Jesse Ponwith of Scottsdale Arizona, Cox and Owen were narrowly defeated by the first seeded tandem of Neel Grover of Laguna Beach, CA and Kline Sack of New York, NY 6-1, 7-6(4).

Congratulations to Coach Graeme Cox and Brandon Owen on earning gold and silver balls. Great job Utes!

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