Santiago Sierra, Utah Men’s Tennis August 28, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo / Steve C. Wilson / University of Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The annual U Fan Fest will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The event is free to the public and will feature representatives from all 18 Utah varsity teams.
Fans can participate in interactive games and will have photo and autograph opportunities with Utah student-athletes. There will be performances from band and cheer in the south end zone at 7 p.m., including a Red Thunder drum performance.
A variety of academic departments and colleges will be participating in U Fan, bringing new activities and giveaways to the event.
The bookstore will be set up on the south plaza selling merchandise and the ticket office will be open for single-game football ticket sales. ESPN 700 and Bill Riley will be broadcasting live from the event. Concession stands will be open with food available for purchase and food trucks will also be parked on the concourse.
Fans may park in the west parking lot for free and should enter through the main west gate of the stadium. Gate D will serve as the main entrance to the event, which will be held rain or shine.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Utah Men’s Tennis was named as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team and six student-athletes were also honored. Santiago Sierra, Matt Cowley, Egbert Weverink, Dan Little, Parker McGuiness and Caleb Brand were all selected as ITA Scholar Athletes.
All six Utes had grade point averages of 3.6 or higher as the team accrued a cumulative 3.4 GPA for the 2015-16 academic year. Stanford, UCLA and Oregon were also named ITA All-Academic Teams and only the Cardinal had more student-athletes recognized (7) than Utah.
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 been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.2 or above (on a 4.0 scale). All varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2015 and spring 2016).
Congratulations Gentleman and GO UTES!!
Associate Head Coach Daniel Pollock (L) enters his 3rd season on the Ute coaching staff
Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team announced that Daniel Pollock has been promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach effective immediately.
“Coach Pollock has been an integral part of our success these past two years,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “He is a fantastic coach, a great recruiter and, most importantly, he really cares about the wellbeing and the success of our student-athletes both on and off the court.”
Pollock joined the Ute coaching staff in the summer of 2014 after a year and a half as an assistant coach at BYU. In his first year, Pollock coached the Utes during a rebuilding year to an 11-13 record, but saw a dramatic improvement this past year, when the Utes improved to 17-10, earning the program’s best record since 1988.
“I’m extremely grateful to Coach Brateanu for the trust that he has placed in me to work with and develop our student-athletes. We have developed a strong partnership over the past 2 years and share a clear vision of where we want this program to be and how we want to get it there,” said Pollock. “Being recognized with a new title at one of the premier athletics departments in the country is definitely an honor and I look forward to the responsibilities that accompany it. I’m excited to get the guys back in the fall to continue their development and set the bar higher for the future of Utah tennis. GO UTES!”
Svyatoslav “Slava” Shainyan
Kazan, Russia – After winning the ITF Grade 2 doubles championships in the Ozerov Cup in May, Utah’s newest signee, Slava Shainyan, continues to impress. The Moscow, Russia native won three rounds in the qualifying draw of the Russia F2 Futures in Kazan, thereby qualifying for the main draw.
“I’m really happy that I started playing Futures,” said Shainyan. “No matter if I win or lose, I know I’m moving in the right direction.”
Shainyan cruised through the first round with a straight set victory over Nikita Morozov, 6-1, 6-4, but had his work cut out for him in the 2nd round against 5th seeded Shonigmatjon Shofayziyev (Uzbekistan). After losing the first set, Shainyan turned on the jets for a 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1 victory.
In the third and final round of qualifying he defeated Shalva Dzhanashia (Russia), 6-3, 6-4 to qualify for the main draw where he will face Vitaly Kozyukov. Kozyukov is a Futures veteran who has ranked as No. 629 on the ATP World Rankings.
Last week, Shainyan lost in the first round of the main draw of the Russia F2 Futures in Moscow, Russia to Anton Zaitcev (Russia).
Utah’s Azat Hankuliyev (R) defeated Notre Dame’s Brendon Kempin (L) to win the Mercedes Benz & Wells Fargo Memorial Classic.
Salt Lake City, UT- The Utes’ Azat Hankuliyev recently won the mens open singles division of the Mercedes Benz & Wells Fargo Memorial Classic. The tournament was hosted by the Cottonwood County Club and took place from May 25th-30th.
In the quarterfinal round Hankuliyev took care of Draper’s Jensen Rideout 6-1,6-0, followed with a victory over top seeded, and former Ute teammate Matt Cowley 6-3,6-4 in the semifinals.
After his great performance against Cowley, Hankuliyev followed with a hard fought 3 set win over Notre Dame’s Brendon Kempin. After dropping the first set 6-3, he came away with a 3-6,6-1, 6-4 win.
“I was very happy with the way I played this tournament after a year of redshirting.” said Hankuliyev after the match. “My coaches and I have been working a lot on my game and it felt great to see the result of that. I look fiery much look forward to my upcoming season and keep on improving with my teammates.”
Hankuliyev was recently named the Utes’ “Mr. Reliable” for his hard work on and off the tennis court. His work ethic and leadership provide a huge boost for the Utes.
With his big serve, and even bigger forehand, Hankuliyev looks to make a big splash for the Utes as a freshman in 2017. He feels that redshirting in 2016 really helped him grow and improve his game.
Congratulations Azat, and GO UTES!!
Salt Lake City, UT – On Tuesday, the final rankings for the Mountain Region were released.
Freshman David Micevski (pictured), finished the year ranked inside the top 5 in singles.
Micevski was the highest ranked Ute and one of three Utes to be ranked in the top 20 in the region. Micevski won his first seven matches in the spring and finished with a 17-5 singles record, 5-2 in Pac-12 action, mainly from the No. 2 position.
The freshman also went 7-3 in doubles play, primarily paired with Johan Jonhagen.
Matt Cowley, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region’s Most Improved Player, finished his college career ranked number 10 in the region, after going 23-16 in singles action last season, mainly from the number 1 position.
Freshman Dan Little finished the year ranked No. 16. The freshman sensation started the year off spectacularly with an appearance in the finals of the ITA Mountain Region Championships in October, but a nagging injury limited the Brit in competition for the Utes the remainder of the season.
Dan Little and Matt Cowley finished the year ranked N0. 90 in the nation and No. 3 in the region in doubles play.
Salt Lake City, UT- On Wednesday June 8th, the ITA had their annual draft of teams who qualified for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Among the teams selected were the Utes of Utah.This tournament will be the first major test of 2017 for a young Utes squad.
The Utes will be the #4 seed in the Ohio State bracket, and will travel to Columbus to play the Buckeyes. Depending on the result, the Utes will then face either Old Dominion or Denver.
The Utes are one of seven Pac-12 schools to qualify, joining USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, and Washington.
“It’s a great honor to be selected to play in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend and to face such a storied program in Ohio State in the 1st round.” said Utes Head Coach Roeland Brateanu. “Including Ohio State we are most likely facing 5 top 10 teams on the road this year, which will be incredibly tough, but will help our players improve.”
The 15 schools that win both of their matches at these events will be invited to play in the Feb. 17-20, 2017 ITA National Team Indoor Championship hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
Goodluck gentleman, and GO UTES!!