Utes lose heartbreaker to UNM, Sweep Montana

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Joe Wooley, Utah men’s tennis August 25, 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo / Steve C. Wilson / University of Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Utes concluded President’s Day weekend play with a heartbreaking loss to New Mexico, and a sweep over Montana. The Utes moved to 10-2 on the 2017 campaign.

Against New Mexico, the Lobos took the early edge by winning the doubles point. Woolley and Little were the only doubles team to card a win for the Utes, defeating Ricky Hernandez-Tong and Lawrence Perrin 6-3, at the No. 1 position.

In singles action, Slava Shainyan dominated in his victory over Lawrence Perrin, with a final score of 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 5 spot. Dan Little then cruised past Rodolfo Jauregui 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 2 position. Joe Woolley defeated Jorge Escutia 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 6 position to give the Utes a 3-1 lead.After a pair of straight set losses by David Micevski at the No. 1 position, and Parker McGuiness at the No. 3 position, the Lobos evened the match at 3.  With the score tied 3-3, Dominic West of New Mexico defeated Santiago Sierra  by a final score of 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, giving the Lobos the victory.

The Utes rolled through the Grizzlies to cap the day. Joe Woolley and Dan Little executed great teamwork defeating Yannik Schmidl and Alex Canellopoulos 6-2, at the No. 1 position. Utah secured the doubles point when Slava Shainyan and Azat Hankuliyev defeated Victor Casadevall and Ignacio Tejerina 6-4, at the No. 3 spot.

The Utes quickly finished singles play with wins in straight sets by Egbert Weverink, Santiago Sierra, Little, David Micevski, and Shainyan. Woolley then was victorious after a tie breaker set with Max Korkh, by a final score of 4-6, 6-2, 10-5, to conclude pay.

The Utes will be back in action Friday March 3rd at the University of Iowa, with play starting against the Hawkeyes starting at 12 p.m. (MST).

New Mexico 4, Utah 3
Singles competition

1. Bart Van Leijsen (UNM) def. David Micevski (UTAH) 6-3, 6-3
2. Dan Little (UTAH) def. Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM) 6-1, 6-4
3. Ricky Hernandez-Tong (UNM) def. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) 7-5, 6-1
4. Dominic West (UNM) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
5. Slava Shainyan (UTAH) def. Lawrence Perrin (UNM) 6-1, 6-0
6. Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. Jorge Escutia (UNM) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Joe Woolley/Dan Little (UTAH) def. Ricky Hernandez-Tong/Lawrence Perrin (UNM) 6-3
2. Bart Van Leijsen/Dominic West (UNM) def. David Micevski/Egbert Weverink (UTAH) 6-4
3. Sean Baklini/Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM) def. Santiago Sierra/Slava Shainyan (UTAH) 6-4

Match Notes:

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

Utah 7, Montana 0
Singles competition

1.David Micevski (UTAH) def. Yannk Schmidl (MON) 6-4, 6-2
2. Dan Little (UTAH) def. Victor Casadevall (MON) 6-0, 6-3
3. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Peter Fleming (MON) 6-4, 6-2
4. Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. Max Korkh (MON) 4-6, 6-2, 10-5
5. Slava Shainyan (UTAH) def. Alex Canellopoulos (MON) 6-4, 6-2
6. Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Ludvig Hallgren (MON) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Joe Woolley/Dan Little (UTAH) def. Yannik Scmidl/Alex Canellopoulos (MON) 6-2
2. Egbert Weverink/David Micevski (UTAH) vs. Peter Flemming/Max Korkh (MON) 5-5, unf.
3. Slava Shainyan/Azat Hankuliyev (UTAH) def. Victor Casadevall/Ignacio Tejerina (MON) 6-4

Match Notes:

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

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Utes to Host New Mexico and Montana Sunday

nmSalt Lake City, UT- After defeating the Nebraska CornHuskers 7-0 on Friday, the Utes (9-1) will return to Eccles Tennis Center for a double header against New Mexico (1:30 p.m.) and Montana (6:00 p.m.).

If the Utes are able to come out victorious in both matches, it will mark the first time that Utah has finished regional play undefeated in over 30 years.

“We are looking forward to a very tough test against New Mexico.” said Utes Head Coach Roeland Brateanu. “They’re a great team and we’re going to have to play great tennis in order to come up with a win.”

New Mexico Notes
The New Mexico Lobos are coming off of a pair of wins against BYU (4-3) and Nebraska (4-0).

Montana Notes
The Montana Grizzlies are coming off a 5-2 loss last weekend to Northern Colorado, and a 7-0 victory over North Dakota.

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Utes Sweep Nebraska, Improve to 9-1

Chase Stoner 03 UUTNSM16.JPGSALT LAKE CITY, UT – Utah Men’s Tennis swept the Nebraska Cornhuskers to open up their third weekend of home matches 7-0.

The Utes earned the early edge by taking the doubles point. Slava Shainyan and Santiago Sierra defeated Rok Krizaj and Jon Meyer 6-3, at the No. 3 position, while Dan Little and Joe Woolley defeated David Samardija and Tomislav Antoljak with a final score of 7-5 at the No. 1 spot.

In singles action, Weverink, Sierra, Little, Woolley, and Shainyan all won in straight sets agsinst the Cornhuskers. After dropping the first set 6-3, David Micevski fought hard to win the second set 6-4, evening the score heading to a tiebreak. Micevski was able to earn the victory, 10-5, concluding play.

The Utes are back in action on Sunday against New Mexico at 1:30 p.m., and will finish off the day against the University of Montana at 6 p.m.

Singles competition
1. David Micevski (UTAH) def. Dylan Bednarczyk (NEB) 3-6, 6-4, 10-5
2. Dan Little (UTAH) def. Tomislav Antoljak (NEB) 6-1, 6-4
3. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. David Samardzija (NEB) 6-0, 6-1
4. Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. Chris Dean (NEB) 6-3, 6-1
5. Slava Shainyan (UTAH) def. Rok Krizaj (NEB) 6-2, 6-4
6. Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Jon Meyer (NEB) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Joe Woolley/Dan Little (UTAH) def. David Samardzija/Tomislav Antoljak (NEB) 7-5
2. Chris Dean/Dylan Bednarczyk (NEB) vs. Egbert Weverink/David Micevski (UTAH) 5-4, unfinished
3. Slava Shainyan/Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Rok Krizaj/Jon Meyer (NEB) 6-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,2,4,5,1)

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Utes Return Home to Host Nebraska, New Mexico, Montana

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Sophomore Joe Woolley was named Player of the Match against BYU last week.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Utah Men’s Tennis will open its third weekend of home matches this Friday at the Eccles Tennis Center when they will match up against the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers at 5 p.m. On Sunday the Utes will host the New Mexico Lobos at 1:30 p.m. and the Montana Grizzlies at 6 p.m.

“We look forward to another great weekend of tennis against three tough opponents,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “With three additional women’s matches this weekend, there will be a lot of great tennis at the Eccles Tennis Center.”

The Utes have an opportunity to finish regional play undefeated if they manage to defeat New Mexico and Montana.

On Friday, the Utes will be announced by a new MC as part of the Student-Athlete Appreciation Day. Additionally, food will be served during the intermission between doubles and singles play. There will be a potluck tailgate open to the public in the lobby of Eccles Tennis Center 1 hour prior to first serve.

Utah Utes
The Utah Utes return home after defeating BYU and Boise State last weekend. The Utes defeated the Cougars 4-2, and the Broncos 4-1. The Utes are currently 8-1 on the season, only having lost to #3 Ohio State at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Nebraska CornHuskers
The Nebraska men’s tennis team has started the season off slow and is coming off a 7-0 loss to Fresno State.

New Mexico Lobos
The University of New Mexico Men’s tennis team is also coming off a loss from this past weekend, losing a tight match to Cal Poly, 4-3. Prior to their matchup with the Utes, New Mexico will face BYU (Friday) and Nebraska (Saturday).

Montana Grizzlies
The University of Montana Grizzlies are coming off a victory this past weekend, defeating North Dakota 6-1. Montana’s three doubles teams swept North Dakota to win the doubles point. Ignacio Tejerina picked up the first win at the No. 6 position, 6-2, 6-2, while Victor Casadevall was victorious at the No. 3 spot 6-2, 7-6. Mimnagh-Fleming then cruised past North Dakota’s Alex Mailes 6-4, 6-1 for the Grizzlies’ third-straight win.

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Utes Handle Boise State

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Freshman Slava Shainyan proved pivotal with a win in singles and doubles against Boise State.

Boise, ID – The University of Utah men’s tennis team (8-1) started off slow against Boise State, losing the doubles point for only the second time this year, but recovered in singles play, defeating the Broncos in Idaho for the first time since 2009.

“I wasn’t pleased with our doubles performance today,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “But we came out with much better energy in singles and took care of business, especially considering we played without Parker McGuiness. Beating Boise State on the road is never easy, so I’m happy for the guys.”

After losing the doubles point, the Utes won all first sets. Freshman Slava Shainyan was the first Ute to earn a win, defeating Morgan Stone, 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Joe Woolley put the Utes up 2-1, with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Pedro Platzeck.

David Micevski rocked Kyle Butters at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-2 and Dan Little clinched the match for the Utes defeating Brian Tran, 7-6(4), 6-1.

The Utes will now return to Salt Lake City to face three teams at home, when Nebraska, New Mexico and Montana come to visit. The Utes will have an opportunity to close out regional play undefeated.

Utah 4, Boise State 1

Butters/Heslin (BSU) def. Woolley/Little (UU) 6-3
Platzeck/Tran (BSU) def. Micevski/Weverink (UU) 6-4
Sierra/Shainyan (UU) def. Stone/Wischer (UU) 6-4
Order of finish: 1,3,2

David Micevski (UU) def. Kyle Butters (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
Dan Little (UU) def. Brian Tran (BSU) 7-6(4), 6-1
Santiago Sierra (UU) vs. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-1, 6-7(2), DNF
Joe Woolley (UU) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-1, 6-3
Slava Shainyan (UU) def. Morgan Stone (BSU) 6-1, 6-0
Egbert Weverink (UU) vs. Greg Wischer (BSU) 7-5, 5-4 DNF
Order of finish: 5,4,1,2

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Utes Edge BYU 4-2 in Holy War

Joe Wooley 02 UUTNSM16.JPGProvo, UT- The Utes came into a hostile environment in Provo Thursday evening, and came out with a gutsy 4-2 victory over the BYU cougars. This marks the 3rd straight season that the road team has won the Holy War.

Utah earned the early edge by taking the doubles point. Dan Little and Joe Woolley defeated Jacob Sullivan and John Pearce, 6-3 at the No. 1 position, while Slava Shainyan and Santiago Sierra defeated Keaton Cullimore and Sam Tullis, 6-3 at the No. 3 spot.

In singles action, Dan Little cruised past Jeremy Bourgeois 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 2 position. Competing at the No. 1 spot, David Micevski cruised to a victory over Keaton Cullimore, 6-4, 7-5. Parker McGuiness and Santiago Sierra each lost hard fought singles matches at the no. 3 and 4 positions making the score 3-2 in favor of the Utes.  Joe Woolley  finished things off for the night for the Utes at the No. 5 position, defeating John Pearce 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.

The Utes will be back in action this Sunday, as they will take on Boise State. Competition is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Man of the Match: Joe Woolley

Singles competition

1. David Micevski (UTAH) def. CULLIMORE, Keaton (BYU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Dan Little (UTAH) def. BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
3. SULLIVAN, Jacob (BYU) def. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. PEARCE, John (BYU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
6. TULLIS, Sam (BYU) vs. Slava Shainyan (UTAH) 7-6 (14-12), unfinished

Doubles competition

1. Dan Little/Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. SULLIVAN, Jacob/PEARCE, John (BYU) 6-3
2. BOURGEOIS, Jeremy/PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) vs. Egbert Weverink/David Micevski (UTAH) 2-5, unfinished
3. Slava Shainyan/Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. CULLIMORE, Keaton/TULLIS, Sam (BYU) 6-3

Match Notes:

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

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Utes to Collide With BYU in Holy War

Jacob Lapkin 02 UUTNSM16.JPGProvo, UT- The University of Utah Men’s Tennis team (6-1) will travel to Provo to take on the BYU Cougars (5-3) on Thursday evening in the Deseret First Duel. Both the Utes and the Cougars are coming off a pair of wins this past weekend over Denver and NAU.

“Coming to Utah, all people talk about is beating BYU” said Junior Eggy Weverink. “It was a great experience to play them last year although we could not pick up a win. Last year motivated me, as well as the team to go out and bring this one home.”

The Utes lost a heartbreaker at Eccles Tennis Center last year to BYU 5-2. BYU returns 3 starters from last year including senior captain Keaton Cullimore, and Jacob Sullivan. 4 Utes from last years match will be starting Thursday night.

First serve will be at 5:30 pm MT.

UTAH (6-1)
The Utes are coming off a trio of victories this past weekend over Denver, NAU, and Montana State. On Saturday, David Micevski defeated Diego Rocha in straight sets at number 1 singles. This marked the first time a Ute defeated Rocha. Against Northern Arizona and Montana State, Azat Hankuliyev and Slava Shainyan went 2-0 on Sunday with key wins in doubles play, along with Egbert Weverink going 2-0 in doubles as well. In singles action against Montana State, Weverink, Little, Wooley, and Micevski all quickly finished singles play by winning in straight sets.

BYU (5-3)
Similar to Utah, the Cougars defeated Denver (4-3), NAU (5-2), and Montana State (6-1). The Cougars are coming into the Holy War on a 3 match win streak. Doubles tandem John Pearce and Jacob Sullivan were named WCC Doubles Team of the Week this past week. The Cougars return 3 starters from last year, Keaton Cullimore, Jacob Sullivan, and John Pearce. The Cougars also picked up 2 Utah locals Sam Tullis, and Matthew Pearce both coming off LDS missions.




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