Utah Opens Pac-12 Play in California

Senior Cedric Willems -  Photo Credit: Chris Samuels, The Daily Utah Chronicle

Senior Cedric Willems – Photo Credit: Chris Samuels, The Daily Utah Chronicle

The University of Utah men’s tennis team (10-6) is preparing for the beginning of conference play this weekend. The Utes travel to California to face No. 43 Stanford (7-4) on Friday at 4 p.m. PT and No. 30 California on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.

Utah looks to start Pac-12 play strong by returning to California after securing a neutral site victory over Yale and dropping a close match at Loyola Marymount last week.

No. 43 Stanford (7-4) is 5-0 at home this season and lead in singles play by 43rd ranked freshman Tom Fawcet and 95th ranked John Morrissey. Also, Stanford’s tandem of Morrissey/Stineman is ranked No. 40 in the nation in doubles. Utah was edged by Stanford 4-3 last year in Salt Lake City.

The 30th ranked Cal Bears (11-5) will host Nevada on Wednesday and Arizona on Friday before contesting the Utes. California holds a 7-2 home record this season and features two ranked singles players: No. 56 Andre Goransson and No. 100 Filip Bergevi. The Bears also have a strong doubles lineup, lead by the 38th ranked team of Bayne/Melton . Last year, Utah fell in a close 4-2 bout against the 16th ranked Bears in Salt Lake City.

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Match Information

Match Up:  Utah (10-6) vs. No. 43 Stanford

Date: Friday, March 27
First Serve: 4 p.m. PT
Court: Taube Family Tennis Stadium
Location: Stanford, California
Live Video/Scoring

Match Up: No. 72 Utah (10-6) vs. No. 30 California
Date: Saturday, March 28

First Serve: 1 p.m. PT
Court: Hellman Tennis Complex
Location: Berkeley, California
Live Video/Scoring

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March 20 Press Conference

Head coach Roeland Brateanu discusses the team’s road trip in California and prospects heading into Pac-12 play:

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Utes Show Fight, Secure 5-2 Win Over Yale

Freshman Santiago Sierra clinched the match for Utah

Freshman Santiago Sierra clinched the match for Utah

San Diego, CA - The 72nd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team ended their California road trip on a high note Thursday, clinching a 5-2 victory against the Yale Bulldogs (10-5) at the Barnes Tennis Center. Utah now holds a neutral site record of 2-1 and looks forwards to Pac-12 play next week at No. 41 Stanford and No. 28 California.

“This is a great team win,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu, “From start to finish we showed way better fight and attitude.”

Utah started off strong in doubles play, scoring a point behind victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Sophomore Parker McGuiness put the Utes up 2-0 at No. 2 singles after Yale’s Martin Svenning retired at 6-4, 3-0.  Stefen Doehler earned the Bulldog’s first point as freshman Freddie McGeehan was forced to retire at 7-5, 3-0 at No. 3 singles.

Freshman Johan Jonhagen added to his winning streak at N0. 6 singles, defeating Alex Hagermoser 6-4, 6-3. With a 3-1 lead, Utah clinched the match following freshman Santiago Sierra‘s 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 victory over Daniel Faierman. The Utes split the two remaining matches: Cedric Willems earned a tightly contested point for Utah at No. 1 singles, and junior Matt Cowley lost a close three set bout.

The Utes open Pac-12 play on the road next week at Stanford on Friday, March 27 and at California on Saturday, March 28.

Match Results

No. 72 Utah 5, Yale 2

#1. Cowley/Willems (Utah) def. Andrrenko/Doehler (Yale) 6-3
#2. McGuiness/Jamey Swiggart (Utah) def. Lu/Hagermoser (Yale) 6-2
#3. Faierman/Photiades (Yale) def. Jonhagen/Sierra (Utah) 6-3
Order of finish: 1,3,2

#1. Cedric Willems (Utah) def. Tyler Lu (Yale) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
#2. Parker McGuiness (Utah) def. Martin Svenning (Yale) 6-4, 3-0 (ret.)
#3. Stefan Doehler (Yale) def. Freddie McGeehan (Utah) 7-5, 3-0 (ret.)
#4. Ziqi Wang (Yale) def. Matt Cowley (Utah) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
#5. Santiago Sierra (Utah) def. Daniel Faierman (Yale) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
#6. Johan Jonhagen (Utah) def. Alex Hagermoser (Yale) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 2,3,6,5,4,1

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Utah Closes California Road Trip Against Yale

Parker McGuiness -  Photo Credit: Chris Samuels, ASUU

Parker McGuiness 
Photo Credit: Chris Samuels,  The Daily Utah Chronicle

The 72nd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (9-6) finishes their California tour versus the Yale Bulldogs (10-4) at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif., at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday.

The Utes lost a tight match at Loyola Marymount (7-6) on Tuesday, but they look forward to one last challenge before conference play. Head coach Roeland Brateanu previews Thursday’s matchup: “Another tough match against a good opponent that will help us prepare for conditions we will face in Pac-12 play in a few weeks.”

Last Saturday, Yale’s 3-match winning streak was snapped at Loyola Marymount, 5-2. The Bulldogs rebounded last Sunday with a 4-3 victory over Portland in Newport Beach, Calif. Yale is 1-1 in neutral site duel matches this season. The Bulldogs are lead by No. 1 singles player and sophomore Tyler Lu, who is 6-4 in singles play.

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Match Information
Match Up: No. 72 Utah (9-6) vs. Yale (10-4)
Date: Thursday, March 19
First Serve: 10 a.m. PT
Court: Barnes Tennis Center
Location: San Diego, California

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Utes Fall at Loyola Marymount

Freshman Johan Jonhagen

Freshman Johan Jonhagen earned Utah’s point

Los Angeles, CA – The 72nd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (9-6) dropped a 4-1 decision Tuesday to the Loyola Marymount Lions at the LMU Tennis Center. Freshman Johan Jonhagen continued his impressive play, netting the Utes’ solo point and securing a doubles victory with Santiago Sierra.

After Senior Cedric Willems and Junior Matt Cowley fell to Loyola Marymount’s Errol Smith and Joat Farah at No. 1 doubles, 6-3, Sierra and Jonhagen secured a 6-4 victory over Otar Kordsachia and Luke Bohuslav at the No. 3 spot. At No. 2 doubles, Charles Boyce and Cristobal Rivera clinched the doubles point for the Lions by edging Parker McGuiness and Jamey Swiggart in a tiebreaker, 7-6(4).

Jonhagen gave the Utes a spark in singles play and tied that match at 1-1 by defeating Kordsachia, 6-2, 6-1. Utah struggled to maintain the momentum, dropping straight set matches at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions. At No. 1 singles, Willems fought back after losing the first set but fell short against LMU’s Boyce, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. Play was suspended at No. 2 and No. 3 singles as the Lions cliched the match, 4-1.

Next, Utah faces Yale at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif., at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday.

Match Results

LMU 4, No. 72 Utah 1

1. Charles Boyce (LMU) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH)  7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2. Errol Smith (LMU) vs. Parker McGuiness (UTAH)  6-1, 6-7 (4), 3-2 (Unfinished)
3. Felix Van Kann (LMU) vs. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH)  1-6, 6-2, 2-3 (Unfinished)
4. Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH)  6-2, 7-6 (5)
5. Joat Farah (LMU) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH)  6-4, 7-5
6. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Othar Kordsachia (LMU)  6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 4, 5, 1

1. Smith/Farah (LMU) def. Willems/Cowley (UTAH)  6-3
2. Boyce/Rivera (LMU) def. McGuiness/Swiggart (UTAH)  7-6 (4)
3. Jonhagen/Sierra (UTAH) def. Kordsachia/Bohuslav (LMU)  6-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

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Passionate Utes upset New Mexico

Salt Lake City, UT – For the second week in a row, freshman Johan Jonhagen clinched the win for the Utes, upsetting No. 45 ranked New Mexico, 4-1. The Utes improve to 9-5 on the year.

“What a great win. We really should congratulate both teams for competing unbelievably well and giving the fans a great show,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We are very fortunate to come up with a win tonight, but I’m incredibly proud of our team. These are the type of matches that we would have lost earlier on in the season. It shows we are making great progress.”

The Utes started the evening off well, winning the doubles point with wins from No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Cedric Willems and Matt Cowley clinched the doubles point with a come from behind victory at the top spot, 7-5.

Freshman Freddie McGeehan continued his winning ways and put the Utes up 2-0, with a win at No. 4 singles over Rodolfo Jauregui, 6-4, 6-2. Mitch McDaniels quickly reduced New Mexico’s deficit to 2-1, by beating Matt Cowley, 7-6(3), 6-4, at No. 3 singles.

Freshman Johan Jonhagen clinched the match for the Utes, for the second consecutive match

Freshman Johan Jonhagen clinched the match for the Utes, for the second consecutive match

The match proved to be incredibly close, with all other singles matches entering a third set. Parker McGuiness, last week’s Pac-12 Player of the Week, eventually put the Utes up 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-4 win and Johan Jonhagen clinched the match at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. The remaining matches were abandoned.

The Utes will leave Saturday morning for their spring break trip to southern California where they will face two more tough opponents in Loyola Marymount (Tuesday) and Yale (Thursday).

Utah defeats New Mexico 4-1

#1. Cowley/Willems (UU) def. Jauregui/Van Leijsen (UNM) 7-5
#2. Hignett/Ge (UNM) def. Jonhagen/Sierra (UU) 6-2
#3. McGuiness/Jamey Swiggart (UU) def. Ifthikar/McDaniels (UNM) 6-2
Order of finish: 2,3,1

#1. Cedric Willems (UU) vs. No. 53 Sam Ifthikhar (UNM)  DNF 6-7(4), 7-5, 2-4
#2. Parker McGuiness (UU) def. Hayden Sabatka (UNM) 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-4
#3. Mitch McDaniels (UNM) def. Matt Cowley (UU) 7-6(4), 6-4
#4. Freddie McGeehan (UU) def. Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM) 6-4, 6-2
#5. Santiago Sierra (UU) vs. James Hignett (UNM) DNF 7-6(4), 2-6, 2-4
#6. Johan Jonhagen (UU) def. Angie Ge (UNM) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Order of finish: 4,3,2,6

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Utah Hosts No. 45 New Mexico

New MexicoThe University of Utah men’s tennis team (8-5) hosts the 45th ranked New Mexico Lobos (11-7) Friday at the Eccles Tennis Center at 6 p.m. MT. FREE PIZZA will be served to fans following doubles play. Also, newly installed scoreboards will debut at this match.

“New Mexico will be a very tough test for us,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu, “They are a very good team and will provide many challenges for our young team.”

Last Friday, the Utes secured a 4-2 victory over rival BYU in Provo. Sophomore Parker McGuiness was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Tuesday and is 8-3 in singles duel matches.

Last year, Utah defeated No. 67 New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. Utah is looking is bolster a 6-2 home record, and the Lobos are 2-4 on the road this season.  New Mexico is lead by No. 62 Samir Iftikhar in singles and by the 67th ranked doubles team of Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen.

As always, admission and parking in the lot east of Guardsman Way are free. Come Friday to enjoy Utah tennis, new scoreboards and FREE PIZZA!

Match Information
No. 45 New Mexico (11-7) at Utah (8-5)
Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
First Serve: 6 p.m. MT
Court: Eccles Tennis Center
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Live Stats

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