Utes to Expand Tennis Camps

Salt Lake City, UT – After a very successful fall camp season, the University of Utah mens’ tennis team has announced its 2016 spring and summer camp schedule. In order to accommodate high demand, the Utes have had to expand the program.

“It’s been so much fun to work with all the kids,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get to work with the kids in the community and for them to get to know both the players on the team, as well as our coaching staff.”

The Utes will offer 3 fall camps and 2 summer camps to start the 2016 tennis season. Fall camps will be offered in Red Dot (Ages 7 & under), Orange Dot (Ages 8-10) and a Junior Camp (Ages 10-18) and are available from Monday through Thursday after school:

Fall Camp 1: January 25, 2016 – March 3, 2016 Register Now!
Fall Camp 2: March 7, 2016 – April 13, 2016 Registration Opens 12/1
Fall Camp 3: May 2, 2016 – May 26, 2016 Registration Opens 12/1

The Utes will host two 1-week summer camps in June. Summer camps are all-day camps Monday through Friday and include instruction, games, conditioning drills and match play. Lunch is provided is provided at the new athlete only cafeteria in the Spence & Cleone Eccles Football Facility, located immediately south of the Eccles Tennis Center.

Summer Camp 1: June 6-10, 2016 Registration Opens 12/1
Summer Camp 2: June 13-17, 2016 Registration Opens 12/1

For more information on all tennis camps, curriculum, pricing and registration, please visit our camp page here.

All camps are open to all and any entrants. For more information on camps, or to register please click here. Make sure to sign the mandatory waiver documentation and pay BEFORE attending the first day of camp. By NCAA rule, it’s not permissible for anyone without proper registration documentation and payment to participate in any camp.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the coaching staff at menstennis@utah.edu



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Utes Sign 3-time Defending State Champion Jon Dollahite

Jonathan Dollahite has signed an NLI with the University of Utah

Jonathan Dollahite has signed an NLI with the University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT – With only one day to spare in the early signing period, the University of Utah men’s tennis team has announced the commitment of Jon Dollahite to a National Letter of Intent.

Dollahite, the three-time defending 4A Utah State Champion, is currently a senior at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah. During his reign at the high school level he has lost a total of 3 matches and is coached by former BYU standout James Ludlow.

“Jon is a fantastic player with huge potential and arguably one of the most dominant players in the state of Utah in the last few years,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “On top of that, he is an incredibly intelligent and mature young man.”

Dollahite has ranked as high as No. 32 in the nation

Dollahite has ranked as high as No. 32 in the nation

On a national level, Dollahite has ranked as high as No. 32 in the nation and was rated a 5-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net. He has dominated the USTA Intermountain section and is currently its top ranked player, while also being known for his great sportsmanship. He was recently featured in the Daily Herald.

“I chose the U because I absolutely loved the coach, the program, and the energy of the entire university, said Dollahite. “I see the incredible growth in the school and can’t wait to be a part of it!”

He’s a 4.0 GPA student, a member of the National Honor’s Society and is a volunteer for the “Read Aloud” program at Cherry Hill Elementary School. His father David, who played in northern California himself, is a Professor of Family Life at BYU and is a published author. David and his wife, Mary, have 7 children.

With the commitment of Jon Dollahite and RJ Parker, the Utes have secured the top 2 players in the state of Utah and the USTA Intermountain Section.

“Local players are the bloodline for any program, so it goes without saying that we are incredibly excited to have signed the top 2 players in our region,” said Brateanu. “Both Jon and RJ have huge upside, they are class acts and we are super excited to have them join our Ute family.”

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Utes Stay Local, RJ Parker Commits to Utah

RJ Parker Sign his NLI with the Utes

RJ Parker Sign his NLI with the Utes

Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team has announced the signing of local standout Robert “RJ” Parker to a National Letter of Intent.

“RJ is a real diamond in the rough and has a bright future ahead of him,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We are honored with his commitment and look forward to working with him.”

The 6’3″ Parker, born in Orem, but raised in Bountiful, Utah, has lived the last year in Irvine, California to train at the Advantage Tennis Academy under coach Jimmy Johnson. Under Johnson’s tutelage, Parker improved from a 2-star to a 4-star recruit and ranked as high as No. 1 in the state of Utah.

“I’m so happy, excited and truly blessed to be getting this amazing opportunity,” said Parker. “My coach, Jimmy Johnson, played a crucial role in both my tennis and personal development. I have my family to thank as well for their constant support throughout my journey.”

Parker started playing tennis at the age of 9 and competed for Woods Cross High School during his freshman and sophomore years, before making the move to train in California. In January, he was the runner up at the Intermountain Regional Masters and just this past weekend he won the Intermountain Fall Championships partnering Jon Dollahite. Furthermore he competed at the Zonal Team Championships and represented the Intermountain section at the 2015 National Team Championships.

“I chose Utah because it feels like home and I knew that I would thrive there in both tennis and as a person. I also found an amazing connection with the coaching staff and know they are the right fit to take me to the next level,” Parker concluded.

Both of Parker’s parents, Todd and Allison, are graduates from BYU, and his father even played football and baseball for the Cougars. Parker enjoys golf, bowling and is a big movie buff.

Welcome to the Ute family RJ!

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Little Falls Short, Runner-up at Regionals

Dan Little (left) Runners Up at the 2015 ITA Regional Championships

Dan Little (left) Runners Up at the 2015 ITA Regional Championships

Albuquerque, NM – After a week long of great tennis, Dan Little was within reach of his second tournament win of the fall, but fell just shy to No. 2 seeded Diogo Rocha (Denver), 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.

“I’m very proud of Dan’s accomplishments,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Even though he couldn’t reach his level of the previous days, he never gave up and fought his heart out. He can leave Albuquerque with his head up high.”

The Ute freshman started the day off very slow and lost the first set within 20 minutes, but fought his way back into the match in the 2nd set. Battling back from a break down, the Ute faced a match point down 3-5 and another one down 4-5, but ended up capturing the set 7-5.

With momentum on his side he quickly gained a 3-1 lead in the 3rd set, but was unable to capitalize on his lead. At 4-4, Little was broken at a sudden death point and Rocha never looked back to close out the match, 6-4.

With the loss, the Utes close out a very successful Regional Championships. The Utes saw 2 doubles teams reach the quarterfinals, with Santiago Sierra and Freddie McGeehan reaching the semifinals. In singles play, Matt Cowley was two points away from making it an all Ute final, but his quest for the tournament title ended in the semifinals on Saturday.

 “It’s been a long week, full of great tennis and I think we have had one of the best Regional Championships in quite some time,” said Brateanu. I think we can look back at a fairly successful fall with 5 tournament titles and a great showing at regionals. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are on the right track.”

With the fall competition schedule concluded, the Utes can now start preparing for their season opener against the University of San Francisco in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 15, 2016.

Singles Final:
(2) Diogo Rocha (Denver) def. (8) Dan Little 6-0, 5-7, 6-4

Santiago Sierra def. Zach Fryer (Denver) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

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Dan Little Reaches Finals at Regionals

Freshman Daniel Little

Freshman Daniel Little

Albuquerque, NM – Freshman Dan Little continues his impressive run into the finals of the 2015 ITA Regional Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Brit needed three sets to defeat 12th seeded Yannick James (Denver) in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3.

Matt Cowley fought bravely, but was unable to make it an all Ute final. The senior was two points away from the victory over 2nd seeded Diogo Rocha (Denver), but ended up just shy, 7-6(4), 1-6, 5-7.

Little and Rocha will square off Sunday at 10am in the finals. The winner will earn a spot at the 2015 ITA National Indoor Championships in New York, November 12-15.

In doubles play, sophomores Santiago Sierra and Freddie McGeehan fell short against top seeded Hayden Sabatka and Bart van Leijsen (New Mexico), 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.

Semifinals Singles:
(8) Dan Little def. (12) Yannick James (Denver) 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3
(2) Diogo Rocha (Denver) def. (26) Matt Cowley 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5

Semifinals Doubles:
(1) Sabatka/Van Leijsen (UNM) def. Sierra/McGeehan 6-3, 6-2

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Utes Into the Semifinals at Regionals

Freddy McGeehan

Freddy McGeehan

Albuquerque, NM – Four Utes remain standing and will head into the semifinals at the 2015 ITA Regional Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In doubles play, sophomores Santiago Sierra and Freddie McGeehan, in a massive upset, reached the semifinals by beating 4th seeded Rocha/James (Denver), 8-6. The Ute duo will face top seeded Sabatka/Van Leijsen (New Mexico) Saturday at 10am.

Two rounds of singles were played on Friday. Freshman Dan Little defeated two BYU players to reach the semifinals in singles. In the round of 16 he beat Andrey Goryachkov, 6-4, 6-2 and in the quarterfinals he defeated Keaton Cullimore with the same score. Little will play for a spot in the finals Saturday at 1pm against Yannick James (Denver).

Joining Little in the semifinals is senior Matt Cowley. The Utah native needed two tough 3-set matches to advance upsetting 3rd seeded Hayden Sabatka (New Mexico), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 and 11th seeded David Fox (Denver), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Cowley will face No. 2 seed Diogo Rocha (Denver) at 1pm on Saturday.

Quarterfinal Doubles:
(2) Craig/Gasson (DU) def. (5) Weverink/Cowley 8-2
Sierra/McGeehan def. (4) Rocha/James (DU) 8-6

Round of 16 Singles:
(31) Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. (5) Parker McGuiness 6-4, 7-6(2)
(8) Dan Little def. (13) Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
(26) Matt Cowley def. (3) Hayden Sabatka (UNM) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

Quarterfinal Singles:
(8) Dan Little def. (31) Keaton Cullimore (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
(26) Matt Cowley def. (11) David Fox (Denver) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

1st Round Consolation Singles:
Freddie McGeehan bye
Santiago Sierra def. Carrezedo (BYU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

2nd Round Consolation Singles:
Soltyka (UM) def. McGeehan 3-6, 5-1 ret.
Cooper (WSU) def. Santiago Sierra 6-1, 7-5

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Utes Head into Friday at Regionals

Matt Cowley

Matt Cowley

Albuquerque, NM – Heading into the third day of the 2015 ITA Regionals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Utes will be represented with three singles players in the round of 16 and two doubles teams in the quarterfinals.

In singles play, fifth seeded Parker McGuiness powered his way into the round of 16 winning two matches on Thursday. In the 2nd round he defeated Yannick Schmidl (Montana), 6-1, 6-2, followed up with a straight set victory over Weber State’s Jakob Gewert 6-3, 7-6(4).

Freshman Dan Little earned his way into the round of 16 with two decisive victories. In the 2nd round the Brit beat Lucas Coutinho (Idaho), 6-3, 6-4, followed by a 6-1, 6-4 victory in the third round over Augustus Ge (New Mexico).

Joining Little and McGuiness in the round of 16 is Matt Cowley. The lone senior on the trip defeated Sean Baklini, 7-5, 6-1 in the 2nd round, but needed three sets to defeat Cristofer Goncalves, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. It marks the first time Cowley has reached the round of 16 at the Regional Championships.

In doubles play, Matt Cowley and Egbert Weverink defeated Utah State’s Swindell/Maier, 8-2, to reach the quarterfinals. Joining them are sophomores Freddie McGeehan and Santiago Siera. That Ute tandem defeated Bourgeois/Canales (BYU), 8-4.

Friday will hold 1 round of doubles at 9am and 2 rounds of singles starting at 10.30am, including consolation matches.

2nd Round Singles:
(5) Parker McGuiness def. Yannick Schmidl (Montana) 6-1, 6-2
(8) Dan Little def. Lucas Coutinho (Idaho) 6-3, 6-4
Daniel Echeverry (USU) def. (15) Freddie McGeehan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
(23) Egbert Weverink def. Isaac Perez (Air Force) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
(26) Matt Cowley def. Sean Baklini (New Mexico) 7-5, 6-1
(11) Jaime Barajas (USU) def. Santiago Sierra 6-1, 3-6, 6-2

3rd Round Singles:
(5) Parker McGuiness def. Jacob Gewert (WSU) 6-3, 7-6(4)
(8) Dan Little def. August Ge (UNM) 6-1, 6-4
(1) Henry Craig (DU) def. (23) Egbert Weverink 6-2, 6-2
(23) Matt Cowley def. (14) Cristofer Goncalves 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

Rd 16 Doubles:
(5) Weverink/Cowley def. Maier/Swindells 8-2
(10) Cullimore/Pearce def. (6) McGuiness/Little 8-6
McGeehan/Sierra def. Bourgeois/Canales 8-4

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