Utah Releases 2015/2016 Schedule

Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems (Photo by Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle)

Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems (Photo by Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT  – The University of Utah men’s tennis team released their preliminary 2015/2016 schedule today. The Utes home line-up is highlighted by conference matches against four national championship contenders, Stanford, USC, UCLA and Cal.

“This should be a very tough, exciting and challenging schedule for our young group of guys,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Every weekend should provide us with a lot of challenges, which is exactly what we need to keep improving.”

Utah will host BYU this year in the Deseret First Duel on Saturday February, 20, 2016, in an attempt to beat BYU for the 3rd year in a row. Furthermore, the Utes will host ranked teams in Boise State, South Alabama, UNLV and LMU.

The Utes will be tested in tough non-conference road bouts versus No. 40 New Mexico, Penn and No. 53 Denver, and will play Pac-12 foes Oregon, Washington and Arizona on the road.

The dual match season will kick off as Utah travels to Honolulu, HI to face San Francisco, Hawaii, and Sacramento State on January 15, 17, and 18, 2016.

The Utes’ fall individual schedule is highlighted by a trip to the ITF Futures in Costa Mesa, California and the All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 3-11, 2015. The new outdoor courts at the Eccles Tennis Center will see their first action during the Utah Invitational Tournament, hosing Weber State, Air Force and Montana State September 25-27, 2015.

Click here to view Utah’s preliminary schedule. Also, check out the Utes on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Cowley and Sierra Named ITA Scholar Athletes

Matt Cowley, ITA Scholar Athlete

Matt Cowley, ITA Scholar Athlete

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah men’s tennis players Santiago Sierra and Matt Cowley were named ITA Scholar Athletes for their accomplishments in the classroom during the 2014-2015 school year.

Cowley, a Pac-12 honorable mention all-academic selection, has a 3.34 GPA in psychology and Sierra currently maintains a 3.88 GPA after completing his freshman year with the Utes.

Santiago Sierra, ITA Scholar Athlete

Santiago Sierra, ITA Scholar Athlete

In order to earn ITA Scholar Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of 3.5 or better for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

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Ute Tennis Camps a Huge Success!

2015 Junior Summer Camp 1From PeeWees to adults, everyone was welcome at the University of Utah men’s tennis camps over the last couple of weeks at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center and they were a huge hit.

“It was a lot of work, but we had a blast with all of our campers over the past two weeks,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “This was a great opportunity for us to share our coaching philosophy with the community and it was extra special to be the first ones to have used the new outdoor tennis facility.”

2015 Summer Camp 2The Utes hosted a junior camp during the day from 9am-4pm Monday through Thursday and hosted a camp tournament on Friday from 9am-1pm. Campers enjoyed lunch in the new athlete-only cafeteria in Utah’s $34 million Spence & Cleone Eccles Football Center, met players from the men’s and women’s tennis teams, had tours through Utah’s top notch facilities to get a close look at the life of a student-athletes at the U and had the opportunity to win prizes. In the evening, from 6.30-8.30pm the coaching staff hosted camps for adults.

“We had almost 50 juniors and about 15 adult campers,” continued Brateanu. “Great numbers for the first time we hosted summer camps and we are looking to continue to grow and share our philosophy with more and more people in the tennis community.”

For more information on camps and to register for upcoming camps, click here.

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Cowley/Willems Win Utah State Open

Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems (Photo by Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle)

Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems (Photo by Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle)

Salt Lake City, UT – Ute doubles tandem Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems have won the Ivory Homes Utah State Open Doubles Championships today, beating Stefan Cooper and Sanjay Goswami 6-2, 6-2 in the finals. The No. 1 seeded Utes dominated the tournament only dropping 7 games the entire tournament on their way to the title.

Earlier this month, the ITA announced that Cowley/Willems finished the year ranked No. 90 in the nation, becoming the first Ute doubles team to finish the year ranked since 2009.

In singles play, Cedric Willems reached the finals by beating his doubles partner 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals, but fell short in a close 3-set match to Spencer Smith, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, in the singles championship match.

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Eccles Tennis Center to Open Outdoor Courts in July

IMG_0646Salt Lake City, UT – After years of splitting time between facilities around the Salt Lake valley depending on the weather, the Utah men’s and women’s tennis programs will have an exclusive home for both indoor and outdoor play when the George S. Eccles Center’s outdoor tennis courts open on July 1. The outdoor courts at 550 S. Guardsman Way (1580 E.) will complete the George S. Eccles Center Tennis Center, which also includes the indoor facility.

The privately-funded $2.5 million project was spearheaded by a $1 million challenge grant from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and a $250,000 grant from the Lawrence T. and Janet D. Dee Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to continue to partner with Utah Athletics in enhancing facilities to better serve our student-athletes and the community and to ensure our success in the Pac-12 Conference,” said Spencer F. Eccles, chairman and CEO of the Eccles Foundation. “We’re excited about the potential for both our men’s and women’s tennis teams at the U. to be more successful than ever!”

The six outdoor courts have a Plexipave Acrylic surface–the same surface used at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the Australian Open and known worldwide for its consistent speed of play, true ball bounce, durability, low maintenance and long-lasting colors.

Each court will be marked with four-inch ATP standard baselines and equipped with an electronic scoreboard and an eight-foot ATP standard umpire chair. Between the center courts, there will be covered chair-back seating for 388, restrooms and storage space.

“This is the single biggest thing to happen to both the men’s and women’s tennis programs in decades,” said head men’s tennis coach Roeland Brateanu. “We finally have a home to practice and to compete in, while offering our fans the best viewing opportunity in college tennis. We now officially have the best indoor and outdoor tennis complex in the Pac-12.”

Once completed, the outdoor courts will be available to the general public seasonally from May 1 through Nov. 1, weather permitting. To rent both indoor and outdoor courts or for more information, contact the George S. Eccles Tennis Center at 801-581-7075.

Opened in 1989, the George S. Eccles Center is undergoing a renovation to its indoor courts this summer in conjunction with the opening of the outdoor courts. All eight indoor courts will be resurfaced with the Plexipave Acrylic used on the outdoor courts and six electronic scoreboards have been installed. The Eccles Tennis Center’s indoor facility has a seating capacity of 1,500 and offers designated dressing areas for both the home and visiting teams.

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Willems/Cowley Finish Season Ranked No. 90

Cedric Willems and Matt Cowley Photo Credit: Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle

Cedric Willems and Matt Cowley; Photo Credit: Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle

Junior Matt Cowley and senior Cedric Willems finished the year ranked No. 90 in the ITA doubles rankings. Cowley and Willems teamed up to anchor the Utes at the No. 1 doubles position during the 2015 season. They are the first tandem to represent Utah in the end of year ITA doubles rankings since Wes Hancock and Phillip Eilers were ranked No. 49 in 2009.

Matt and Cedric accumulated a doubles record of 11-8 during the 2015 season, including marquee wins over No. 45 New Mexico, No. 55 Elon, No. 64 Denver No. 70 Utah State, and BYU. They also netted a win against then 57th ranked doubles team in the nation, Matt Hagan and Dominick Patrick of the University of Iowa.

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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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