Utes to Face Boise State and Penn on the Road

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The 73rd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (7-3) will travel to Boise, Idaho this weekend to match up with No. 72 Boise State (3-7) and No. 44 Penn (6-1). The Utes will contest Boise State at 2 p.m. on Friday and Penn at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both matches will be played at the Boas Tennis Center weather permitting. Live stats will be available here.

The Utes are coming off two wins last Saturday against Idaho State and Boise State. Utah is 1-0 at neutral sites this season and 2-2 against ranked opponents. Utah’s record against Boise State since 1999 is 2-13. The Utes last played Penn in 2007 which resulted in a 6-1 loss.

“Boise State is always a very tough match for us, but it’s a great opportunity to play two ranked opponents on the road,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu.

This is the first home match of the season for the 73rd ranked Boise State Broncos. Boise State is 1-6 against nationally ranked opponents this season. The Broncos recently lost road matches to  No. 35 Auburn and No. 24 South Florida by scores of 4-1 and 4-0 respectively.

The 44th ranked Penn Quakers are 1-1 on the road and will face Boise State and BYU in Boise, Idaho before playing the Utes. Their last match resulted in a 4-3 road loss to No. 68 Brown. Penn’s Nicolas Podesta touts a perfect 6-0 record at No. 1 Singles.

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Match Information
Match Up: No. 73 Utah (7-3) at No. 72 Boise State (3-7, 1-0 MWC)
Date: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
First Serve: 2 p.m. MT
Court: Boas Tennis Center
Location: Boise, Idaho
Coverage: Live Stats

Match Up: No. 73 Utah (7-3) vs. No. 44 Penn (6-1)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
First Serve: 2 p.m. MT
Court: Boas Tennis Center
Location: Boise, Idaho

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No. Utah 59 Nets Two Home Victories


SALT LAKE CITY -
 The 59th-ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (7-3) earned two victories Saturday against Idaho State (0-1) and Weber State (4-7). The Utes started out the day blanking the Bengals, and then defeated the Wildcats 6-1 at the Eccles Tennis Center.

“We’ve had a good week of practice which resulted in a solid performance today,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We didn’t play great, but we were disciplined and did exactly what we needed to do.”

Utah went up 1-0 early on against Idaho State after taking the doubles point. Freshmen Johan Jonhagen and Santiago Sierra defeated Austin Miller and Cody Miller at the No. 3 position, 6-4, while senior Slim Hamza and sophomore Parker McGuiness edged Krzystof Stempien and Josh Goodwin by the same score at the No. 2 position. The Utes then took six straight singles win to complete the 7-0 sweep.

Against Weber State, Jonhagen and Sierra  captured Utah’s first doubles win of the day. A 6-4 victory from senior Cedric Willems and junior Matt Cowley at the No. 1 spot put the doubles point in the Utes’ hands.

Five straight singles wins put Utah up 6-0. The final point came down to a hard-fought battle at the No. 2 slot between Willems and Todd Fought. Willems was edged by Fought, 7-6(8), 6-4, giving the Wildcats their solo point of the match.

The Utes return to action next weekend in Boise, Idaho to face Boise State and Penn.

Match Results

#59 University of Utah 7, Idaho State 0

Singles
1. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Daniel Loebel (IDST) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 105
2. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Krzystof Stempien (IDST) 6-2, 6-1
3. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Bjorn Scheephouwer (IDST) 6-3, 6-1
4. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Austin Miller (IDST) 6-2, 6-2
5. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Josh Goodwin (IDST) 6-2, 6-2
6. LP Gascon (UTAH) def. Orin Duffin (IDST) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: (6,2,3,4,5,1)

Doubles
1. Matt Cowley/Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Daniel Loebel/Bjorn Scheepbouwer (IDST) 5-4
2. Slim Hamza/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Krzystof Stempien/Josh Goodwin (IDST) 6-4
3. Johan Jonhagen/Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Austin Miller/Cody Miller (IDST) 6-4 Order of finish: (3,2)

#59 University of Utah 6, Weber State 1

Singles
1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Jakub Gewert (WBST) 6-2, 6-1
2. Todd Fought (WBST) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 7-6 (10-8), 6-4
3. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Stefan Cooper (WBST) 6-4, 6-4
4. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. Jack Yin (WBST) 6-2, 6-3
5. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Edward Chen (WBST) 6-4, 6-0
6. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Sanjay Goswami (WBST) 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: (5,6,1,4,3,2)

Doubles
1. Matt Cowley/Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Sanjay Goswami/Stefan Cooper (WBST) 6-4 2. Slim Hamza/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Todd Fought/Jakub Gewert (WBST) 5-4
3. Santiago Sierra/Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Jack Yin/Edward Chen (WBST) 6-2 Order of finish: (3,1)

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No. 59 Utah to Host Idaho State and Weber State

Idaho State-Weber StateThe 59th ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (5-3) is looking to rebound after  a pair of losses last weekend. This Saturday, February 21st, the Utes will host Idaho State (0-0) at 12 p.m. MT and Weber State (4-6) at 5 p.m. MT. Both matches will be played at the Eccles Tennis Center.

“We look forward to getting back on the court and hopefully redeem ourselves for  last weekend’s losses,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “I expect a better showing from my team.”

Idaho State will open their season against the Utes this Saturday. Utah last faced Idaho State in 2013, which ended in a 6-1 victory for the Utes. Idaho State finished the 2013-2014 season with a 5-12 record.

“The Bengals are always a very offensive minded team and especially play some good doubles,” Brateanu said.

Weber State is 1-2 in their last three matches, recording a win over U.C. Riverside and losses against UNLV and New Mexico State. The Wildcats are 3-2 at home, 0-2 on the road, and 1-2 at neutral sites this season. Utah defeated Weber State 6-1 last year at the Eccles Tennis center.

“Matches against Weber State always add a little extra excitement. They are a much improved team from last year and always bring along quite a few fans. It should be a fun atmosphere and some good tennis,” Brateanu concluded.

As always, admission and parking in the lost east of Guardsman Way are free at home matches. Click here for live stats.

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Iowa Narrowly Upsets No. 54 Utah


SALT LAKE CITY – 
The 54th ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (5-3) was narrowly upset on Monday, falling to the Iowa Hawkeyes (6-1), 4-3. The Utes gained an early advantage by winning the doubles point, but Iowa rallied in singles play, winning four out of six matches.

“Very disappointing loss. I felt that we weren’t disciplined and lost to a team we could and should beat,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu, “We beat ourselves today and that’s disappointing. Congrats to Iowa for hanging in there, battling the entire match and coming up with a good win.”

Seniors Cedric Willems and Matt Cowley started doubles play off strong for the Utes, topping the 57th ranked team of Matt Hagan and Dominic Patrick 6-1.  Senior Slim Hamza and sophomore Parker McGuiness clinched the doubles point for Utah with a 6-3 victory against Lefteris Theodorou and Stieg Martens.

Willems gave Utah a 2-0 lead after breezing past Lefteris Theodorou in singles play, 6-2, 6-1. Dominic Patrick put Iowa on the board by defeating Cowley 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 3 spot. McGuiness increased the Utes’ lead to 3-1 after edging Steve Martens 7-5, 7-5.

Santiago Sierra lost to Jake Jacoby at the No. 6 position as Utah’s lead decreased to 3-2. Freddie McGeehan and Slim Hamza then lost tightly contested three set matches as Iowa escaped with a 4-3 victory.

Utah returns to the court this upcoming Saturday to face Weber State and Idaho State at the Eccles Tennis Center.

Iowa 3, No. 54 Utah 4

Singles 

  1. Matt Hagan (IOWA) def. Slim Hamza (UTAH) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
  2. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) 6-2, 6-1
  3. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 6-1, 6-1
  4. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Stieg Martens (IOWA) 7-5, 7-5
  5. Josh Silverstein (IOWA) def. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
  6. Jake Jacoby (IOWA) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2

Order of Finish: 2,3,4,6,1,5

Doubles

1. Matt Cowley/Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. #57 Matt Hagan/Dominic Patrick (IOWA) 6-1
2. Slim Hamza/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Lefteris Theodorou/Stieg Martens (IOWA) 6-3
3. Josh Silverstein/Jake Jacoby (IOWA) vs. Santiago Sierra/Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) 5-3

Order of finish: 1,2

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No. 54 Utah Splits Saturday’s Matches, Hosts Iowa on Monday


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Freddie McGeehan

SALT LAKE CITY - The 54th-ranked Utah men’s tennis team (5-2) blanked Northern Colorado (2-3) in the first of two matches Saturday, but were then handed its second loss of the season, 6-1, by 64th-ranked Denver (5-4). The Utes will host their third match of the weekend on Monday versus Iowa (5-1) at 12 p.m. MT at the Eccles Tennis Center.

The Utes handily shut out the Bears after capturing all the doubles sets for the doubles point and followed with six straight, two-set singles victories. Senior Slim Hamza netted the match deciding point at the No. 1 spot over Ben Gendron, 6-0, 6-3.

When Utah hit the courts at the Eccles Tennis Center for the second time Saturday, senior Cedric Willems and junior Matt Cowley started strong in doubles, topping Alex Gasson and David Fox, 6-3.. The Utes struggled to find their winning momentum and gave up the doubles point and two straight singles points. After the Pioneers went up 3-0, freshman Freddie McGeehan posted the Utes’ solo point at the No. 5 spot, defeating Fox, 7-5, 6-2. Denver went on to capture the following three points for a final score of 6-1.

vs IowaThe Utes return to action Monday at 12 p.m. MT as they host Iowa (5-1) at the Eccles Tennis Center. Iowa is coming off a tight 4-3 win over BYU in Provo on Friday. The Hawkeyes doubles team of Matt Hagan and Dominic Patrick is ranked No. 57 in the nation. Iowa is 2-1 on the road this season, only losing at Cornell.

As always, admission and parking in the lot east of Guardsman Way are free! Click here for live stats.

Match Results
#54 University of Utah 7, Northern Colorado 0

Singles
1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Ben Gendron (NC) 6-0, 6-3
2. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Austin Mayo (NC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Mitchell Knight (NC) 6-3, 6-4
4. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. Jordan Loughnan (NC) 6-0, 6-4
5. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Eric Schuermans (NC) 6-1, 6-1
6. Louis-Phillippe Gascon (UTAH) def. Jacob Sheldon (NC) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles

1. Cedric Willems/Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Ben Gendron/Austin Mayo (NC), 6-3
2. Slim Hamza/Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. Mitchell Knight/Cassell King (NC), 6-1
3. Santiago Sierra/Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Eric Schuermans/Jacob Sheldon (NC), 6-1

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,6,1,5,4,3)

#64 Denver 6, #54 University of Utah 1

Singles
1. #113 Henry Craig (DEN) def. Slim Hamza (UTAH) 6-0, 6-4
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 7-5
3. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 7-5, 6-2
4. Yannik James (DEN) def. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-3
5. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. David Fox (DEN) 7-5, 6-2
6. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles
1. Cedric Willems/Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Alex Gasson/David Fox (DEN) 6-3
2. Diogo Rocha/Yannik James (DEN) def. Slim Hamza/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) 6-3
3. Henry Craig/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Santiago Sierra/Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,5,6,4,2)

 

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No. 54 Utah to Host Northern Colorado and No. 64 Denver

NorthernColorado-DenverThe 54th ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (4-1) will host a double header this upcoming Saturday, February 14 at the Eccles Tennis Center. The Utes will face Northern Colorado (2-2) at 11 a.m. MT and No. 64 Denver (3-4) at 5 p.m. MT. FREE PIZZA will be served at the start of singles play against Denver.

“We look forward to another great weekend of tennis at the Eccles Tennis Center,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu.

No. 54 Utah is coming off a bye-week. The Utes has a successful home-opening weekend two weekends ago, posting a 3-0 record. Utah earned wins over then 70th ranked Utah State, Montana and Montana State.

Northern Colorado lost at home to Montana State 2-5 last Saturday. The Bears’ overall record is now 2-2, but they will face No. 73 Utah State on Friday before making the trip to Salt Lake City.

“They are a tough team and I expect them to come in here with a lot of excitement. We’ll have to play good tennis to beat them,” said Brateanu.

No. 64 Denver fell to Nebraska, 3-4, in Denver, CO. last Saturday. The Pioneers are 3-1 on the road this season, clinching victories over Furman, North Florida and Cornell. Denver’s Henry Craig is ranked No. 113 in the nation in singles play. BYU will host Denver on Friday. Last year, Utah was edged in a 3-4 loss by a 52nd ranked Denver team in Denver, CO.

“The matches between us and Denver are always very close and the last 4 years have been decided by the last match on. I expect another great battle against one of the premier teams in our region,” concluded Brateanu.

As always, admission and parking in the lot west of Guardsman Way are free. FREE PIZZA will be served against No. 64 Denver during the beginning of singles play.

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Utes Rise to No. 54 in ITA Rankings

ITA LogoThe University of Utah men’s tennis team (4-1) is now ranked No. 54 in the nation. The Utes moved up in the ITA rankings following a trio of home wins over No. 70 Utah State (now ranked No. 73), Montana State and Montana.

Once again, the Pac-12 has a strong presence in the rankings. Including the Utes, seven out of eight Pac-12 teams are ranked. USC is ranked No. 1 in the nation along with No. 10 UCLA, No. 13 California, No 39 Stanford, No. 44 Oregon and No. 62 Washington.

The Utes return to the court on Saturday, February 14 to face Northern Colorado at 12 p.m. MT and No. 64 Denver at 5 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Eccles Tennis Center in Salt Lake City.

Here are highlights from last week’s matches against Utah State and Montana State:

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