Egbert Weverink Transfers to Utah

Egbert "Eggy" Weverink

Egbert “Eggy” Weverink

The University of Utah men’s tennis team is pleased to announce Egbert “Eggy” Weverink has transferred to the University of Utah for the 2015/2016 season.

“We are super excited to add Eggy to our young team,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu, “Eggy is a big body, with an even bigger game and will bring a great deal of experience and maturity having played for a top 20 program in the nation. He’s a born leader on and off the court and is a huge addition to our program.”

Weverink hails from Amsterdam, the Netherlands and graduated from Caland Lyceum Amsterdam high school in 2013. He was raised by his parents Mariet van den Berg and Dolf Weverink along with his 19-year-old brother, Dobbe. Eggy attended Mississippi State University last year where he experienced a shoulder injury. After surgery and recovery, Weverink is excited to resume his collegiate tennis career with the Utes.Action 2

Eggy is a 6’8″ right-hander who had great success in juniors. He reached an all-time high junior ranking of No. 3 in the Netherlands. Weverink also ranked in the Netherlands top 100 for men’s singles and doubles. During his freshman year at Mississippi State, Eggy earned a 1-0 singles record and 2-2 doubles mark.

“I chose the U because of the great connection with the coaches and players and the high level of competition. I feel really confident that this is the place to reach my maximum potential on and off the court,” said Weverink, “I feel very honored to become a part of the Ute family. After facing a serious shoulder injury I am very thankful to get another opportunity to do what I love. I will give everything I have to help my team and I truly believe we can do great things together!”Action 1

Weverink made the Bulldog Honor Roll during his year at Mississippi State, and he plans to major in Business Administration on Entrepreneurship. He also strives to receive a Masters in Business Administration.

Weverink shares common ground with head coach Roeland Brateanu as both grew up in the same neighborhoods (Watergraafsmeer & Diemen), attended the same high school (Sint-Nicolaas Lyceum, neither graduated there), played at the same tennis club (Amstelpark, coach Kees Monteban), and support the same soccer team (Ajax). Besides tennis, Eggy enjoys participating in other sports, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

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Utes Announce Team Awards

As the 2015 season has come to a close, Utah announced its team awards last Saturday at the annual team banquet. The categories of awards are Most Valuable, Most Inspirational, Most Improved, Academic Achievement, and Mr. Reliable.

Most Valuable
This year’s MVP award goes to sophomore Parker McGuiness from McKinney, Texas. Parker joined the Utes this season after playing at North Carolina State for one season, where he finished with a 6-4 record in singles and 5-3 mark in doubles.

Sophomore Parker McGuiness

Sophomore Parker McGuiness

During his first season at Utah, McGuiness garnered a 15-9 singles record primarily from the No. 2 position. He also netted an 8-5 doubles record mainly at the No. 2 spot. He made a splash in the Pac-12 with wins over Washington and Arizona. His non-conference singles record was highlighted by wins against No. 37 New Mexico and No. 44 Penn from the No. 1 singles position

McGuinnes earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for his role in defeating rival BYU on the road. Partnering with Jamey Swiggart at No. 3 doubles, he clinched the doubles point for the Utes beating Shane Monroe and Jeremy Bourgeois, 7-6(2). McGuiness earned a straight set victory at No. 2 singles over Andrey Goryachkov, 7-5, 6-2, propelling the Utes to the 4-2 victory over the Cougars.

Most Inspirational
A freshman from Mexico City, Santiago Sierra has been named the Most Inspirational Player for this season. As a junior player in Mexico, Sierra ranked in the top 10 in the nation (under 18) and earned an ITF ranking of 430.

Freshman Santiago Sierra

Freshman Santiago Sierra

Santiago exhibited passion throughout the season, inspiring his teammates and coaches with his energy and fight on the court at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions. Although he did not clinch a Pac-12 singles victory, Sierra earned crucial 3-set victories to secure two neutral site wins for Utah. As a last minute substitute, he defeated Neal Port 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-3 to clinch the match against No. 55 Elon, 4-3, in the first round of the Kick-Off Weekend, after a 4 hour and 35 minute battle. Utah defeated Yale, 5-2, following Sanitago’s  6-4, 2-6, 6-0 victory over Daniel Faierman.

Sierra and fellow freshman Johan Jonhagen found success at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions. Playing against primarily upperclassmen, the tandem clinched 9 doubles victories for the Utes, including a conference win over Arizona.

Most Improved
Junior Jamey Swiggart has won the Most Improver Player award. He hails from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and this is his first season with Utah after compiling a 25-10 singles record during two years at Idaho State.

Junior Jamey Swiggart

Junior Jamey Swiggart

Swiggart did not make the traveling team at the beginning of the season, but he didn’t let that hamper his motivation. Jamey’s hard work this season paid off, as he played No. 5 and No. 6 singles during Pac-12 Conference play, securing a 1-2 record. Following senior Slim Hamza’s season ending injury, Swiggart teamed up with Parker McGuiness at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to amass a 4-3 record, including a victory over Washington in the Pac-12 tournament.

Most Academic
Junior Matt Cowley has won the Most Academic award. This honor is bestowed based on GPA, rigor of courses taken, and overall academic performance.

Junior Matt Cowley

Junior Matt Cowley

Cowley grew up in Bountiful, Utah, where he attended Woods Cross High School. Cowley found success the court this semester, securing a 12-9 doubles record with parter Cedric Willems at the No. 1 position and positing 7 wins primarily at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles spots. Cowley’s performance is the classroom is just as impressive as his achievements on the court.

Cowley will major in psychology, and he plans to pursue the highest level of education possible after graduating next year. He strives to attain a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and a Masters in Business Administration. He also desires to be a professor

Mr. Reliable
Freshman Johan Jonhagen, from Stockholm, Swewden, has been given the first Mr. Reliable award. This honor is given to the player who exhibits accountability and work ethic throughout practices, training, class attendance and meetings.

Freshman Johan Jonhagen

Freshman Johan Jonhagen

In junior play, Johan reached an ITF ranking of 629 and helped his team win the Swedish National team Championships. His success continued with the Utes, as he netted a 8-6 record from the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions. While Jonhagen was reliable in dual match play, his responsibility was particularly noticed by his coaches and trainers. Jonhagen never missed an appointment and was present at every practice and training session throughout the year, setting an fantastic example for his team.

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How is Dan Bleckinger?

From the left, Dan Bleckinger, F.D. Robbins, Jim Osborne, and Dave Harmon.

From the left, Dan Bleckinger, F.D. Robbins, Jim Osborne, and Dave Harmon.

Dan Bleckinger, a Utah men’s tennis great, is the next alumni in our “How Is…?” series. Dan played for the University of Utah from 1968-1970. Bleckinger is one of eight players in Utah men’s tennis history to earn an ITA All-American award, which he was awarded in both seasons that he played for the Utes (1969, 1970).

Bleckinger grew up playing competitive junior tennis in Wisconsin, and he received a scholarship to play for the University of Wisconsin. After winning a Big Ten championship during his freshman year, Dan transferred to UCLA for one year. After sitting out one year, Bleckinger transferred to the University of Utah in 1968 with a scholarship offer in hand.

Dan played 1st and 2nd singles during his time at the U. He had one of the most decorated careers in Utah men’s tennis, reaching the quarter-finals of the NCAA tournament in singles and earning All-American honors. After graduating in 1970 with a degree in sociology, Bleckinger traveled to Europe to try his luck on the pro tour; he won his first three professional tournaments.

Dan qualified for Wimbledon in 1972, making a run to the Round of 32 where he fell to No. 5 seed Jan Kodes of the Czech Republic. Bleckinger qualified for the Wimbledon singles draw again in 1973, when he also made a remarkable run to the Round of 16 in doubles with Billy Martin, who currently serves as the head coach for the UCLA Bruin’s men’s tennis team.

After his stint on the ATP tour, Dan settled down and got married. Dan has two children who are “doing well and successful.” Bleckinger worked as a legal assistant in San Francisco and later found success in the catering business. He retired on a farm in upstate New York but has since moved back near San Francisco. Dan now enjoys partaking in charitable service for the homeless and teaching tennis to kids. He is involved with two youth programs in Berkeley, Youth Spirit Artworks and Urban Adamah. If you would like to talk to Dan about helping support these organizations, contact him at danbleck67@gmail.com.

Congrats on your success on and off the court Dan and we wish you the best. Once a Ute always a Ute.

Q: Why did you choose the U?
Bleckinger: “They had a good team. (Coach) Harry James was a friendly person. I also liked the possibility of snow in the winter.”

Q: How do you look back at your time with the University of Utah?
Bleckinger: “I enjoyed all of the experiences that I thought I would. I enjoyed Salt Lake City. If I could do it over again I would work harder.”

Q: How did the University of Utah affect your career?
Bleckinger: “Through obtaining a liberal arts degree I learned about the whole world, society in general. Playing with great players on a great team helped me improve.”

Q: What is one of your favorite moments on court?
Bleckinger: “When I played against Menchek, the No. 1 singles player at BYU, I wasn’t exactly pleased playing against him. I remember a point when Mencheck hit a ball wide to my forehand then backhand. I thought he would hit to my forehand on the next shot, but he went to my backhand, so I twisted around and hit the ball without looking. I won the point and the crowd erupted.”

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Utah Shut Out in Pac-12 Championships

Cedric Willems

Senior Cedric Willems lead  7-6(3), 2-1 in his final match

OJAI, Calif. – The seventh-seeded Utah men’s tennis team (11-13, 1-6 Pac-12) was defeated by sixth-seeded Washington (13-10, 2-5 Pac-12) Wednesday during the first round of the 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championships at Libbey Park.

The Utes started the match with a valiant effort in doubles action as junior Jamey Swiggart and sophomore Parker McGuiness defeated Joao Barra and Vik Farkas, 8-3 at the No. 2 position. The Huskies rallied to win at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, taking a 1-0 lead into singles play.

Washington extended their lead to 2-0 as Junior Matt Cowley was defeated by Emmett Egger at the No. 3 singles spot, 6-1, 6-4.  McGuiness fell to Jake Douglas, 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 2 position, and freshman Freddie McGeehan suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Gal Hakak at the No. 4 spot, giving Washington the 4-0 sweep. At the No. 1 singles spot, senior Cedric Willems was up 7-6(3), 2-1 against Mitch Stewart before the match was suspended.

No. 6 Washington 4, No. 7 Utah 0
Doubles
1. Emmet Egger/Jeff Hawke (UW) def. Cedric Willems/Matt Cowley (UTAH) 8-6
2. Parker McGuiness/Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) def. Joao Barra/Vik Farkas (UW), 8-3
3. Jake Douglas/Wendell Watanabe (UW) def. Johan Jonhagen/Santiago Sierra (UTAH), 8-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles
1. Mitch Stewart (UW) vs. Cedric Willems (UTAH), susp. (Willems up 7-6(3), 2-1)
2. Jake Douglas (UW) def. Parker McGuiness (UTAH), 6-1, 6-3
3. Emmett Egger (UW) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 6-1, 6-4
4. Gal Hakak (UW) def. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH), 6-2, 6-1
5. Jeff Hawke (UW) vs. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH), susp. (Hawke up 6-3, 5-4)
6. Viktor Farkas (UW) vs. Jamey Swiggart (UTAH), susp. (tied, 6-4, 0-6)
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 4

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Utah Opens Pac-12 Championships Versus Washington

Cedric Willems

Cedric Willems

Ojai, California – The University of Utah men’s tennis team (11-12, 1-6 Pac-12) plays in the first round of the Pac-12 tournaments against No. 61 Washington (12-10, 2-5 Pac-12) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT. The tournament will be held at Libbey Park in Ojai, California.

The Utes fell to Washington during the regular season at home, 4-0, but have regained momentum following a 4-2 victory over Arizona. The Huskies recently suffered a a 4-1 loss against No. 51 Oregon to complete the regular season with a 2-5 record in Pac-12 play.

Utah is the six-seed and Washington is the seven-seed. The winner will move on to face three-seed and 15th ranked UCLA on Thursday at 3 p.m. MT. Click here to view the 2015 Men’s Pac-12 Tennis Championship Bracket.

Match Information
Utah (11-12, 1-6 Pac-12) vs. No. 61 Washington (12-10, 2-5 Pac-12)
Date: Wednesday, April 22
First Serve: 2 p.m. PT
Court: Libbey Park
Location: Ojai, California
Coverage: Pac-12.com

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Utes Clinch First Pac-12 Victory on Senior Day


SALT LAKE CITY –
 The University of Utah men’s tennis team (11-12, 1-6 Pac-12) finished its regular season and sent out its seniors on a high note Saturday at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy as it defeated Arizona (8-18, 0-7 Pac-12) 4-2 for its first Pac-12 Conference win of the season.

Utah got off to a fast start in doubles, securing a point behind wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 sports. Senior Cedric Willems and junior Matt Cowley teamed up at the No. 1 spot to route Arizona’s Shoki Kashara and David Mushayev, 6-2. The freshmen tandem of Santiago Sierra and Johan Jonhagen then followed with a 6-3 win over Matt Dunn and Jason Jaruvang at the third slot to clinch the doubles point for the Utes.

The Wildcats tied the match at 1-1 when Willems was defeated by No. 63 Naoki Takeda, 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 1 singles position. Cowley topped Mushayev at the No. 3 slot, 7-5, 6-0, to put the Utes back up 2-1.

The match was then tied again after Sierra lost to Kashara at the fifth spot, 6-0, 6-3, making the score 2-2, but Utah responded as McGuiness upended Jaruvang at the No. 2 spot, 6-1, 6-4. Junior Jamey Swiggart netted the match deciding point at the sixth slot with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Trevor James, making the final score 4-2.

The Utes close out their season at the 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championships April 22-26 in Ojai, Calif.

Utah 4, Arizona 2 
Singles
1. #63 Naoki Takeda (AZ) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-2, 6-0
2. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Jason Jaruvang (AZ) 6-1, 6-4
3. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. David Mushayev (AZ) 7-5, 6-0
4. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) vs. Will Kneale (AZ) 7-6 (7-3), 3-2 unfinished
5. Shoki Kashara (AZ) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) 6-0, 6-3
6. Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) def. Trevor James (AZ) 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 1,3,5,2,6

Doubles
1. Matt Cowley/Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Shoki Kashara/David Mushayev (ZONA) 6-2
2. Jamey Swiggart/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) vs. Trevor James/Naoki Takeda (ZONA) 4-3, unfinished
3. Santiago Sierra/Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Matt Dunn/Jason Jaruvang (ZONA) 6-3
Order of finish: 1,3

 

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Utah hosts Arizona for Senior Day

vs ArizonaThe University of Utah men’s tennis team (10-12, 0-6 Pac-12) hosts the Arizona Wildcats (8-17, 0-6 Pac-12) on Saturday at 11 a.m. to close out the regular season before heading to the Pac-12 Championships. The match will be played at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy, weather permitting.

The Utes fell to No. 56 Oregon and No. 62 Washington at home last weekend as several players suffered injuries. Utah looks to win its first conference match of the season while honoring seniors Slim HamzaCedric Willems, and Justin Archer.

Last year, No 53. Utah was upset by Arizona on the road, 4-1. The Utes rebounded in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament, ousting Arizona 4-0.

Arizona is led by No. 63 Naoki Takeda, who is 14-2 in singles play this season. The Wildcats have yet to clinch a road or conference victory, and Saturday’s match will conclude their regular season.

Live stats will be provided for this match. Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy’s address is 1216 Wasatch Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84109. As always, admission is free!

Match Information
Arizona (8-17, 0-6 Pac-12) at Utah (10-12, 0-6 Pac-12)
Date: Friday, April 18
First Serve: 11 a.m. MT
Court: Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy (weather permitting)
Location: Salt Lake City
Coverage: Live Stats

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