Santiago Sierra Joins Mexican Davis Cup Squad


Santiago Sierra celebrates with his family after joining the Mexican Davis Cup Team 

Guadalajara, Mexico – After a spectacular 2016, where he went 25-3, junior vice-captain Santiago Sierra has been invited to join the Mexican Davis Cup Team in 2017, a team once led by the legendary Rafael Osuna.

“Representing my country has always been my dream,” said an emotional Sierra. “Besides representing Mexico I’m representing the tennis community back home that helped me to where I am today, as well as my family, friends and the University of Utah. I’m excited about the opportunity and proud of my accomplishment.”

Sierra will join captain David Roditi and the Mexican team to compete in America Zone Group II against Guatemala. A win will advance them into the second round in which they will face the winner of the Barbados vs Paraguay rubber. A loss will force them into a play-off to prevent relegation into Zone Group III.

“Whatever sport you play, representing your country at the highest level is everyone’s dream and Santi has made that a reality,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “If you dream big, set goals and work your butt off for them, great things can happen. Our entire team is so very proud of Santi!”

Sierra becomes the 11th Ute to represent his country in the Davis Cup and fourth to do so in the last decade. Current teammate David Micevski (Macedonia), former teammate Slim Hamza (Tunisia) and Benito Suriano (El Salvador) all competed in the Davis Cup for their respective countries. Jim Osborne (USA) remains the only Ute to have hoisted the famous Davis Cup trophy in 1968.



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Dan Little Captures Consolation Crown at ITA Regionals

Utah men's tennis LAS VEGAS, NV. – Utah’s Dan Little captured the consolation singles title at the ITA Mountain Regionals this afternoon with a 5-7, 6-1, 11-9 victory over Pedro Fernandez Del Valle of Denver.

After losing his first match of the tournament on Wednesday to another player from UD in three sets, Little responded with a fantastic run through the consolation bracket. After winning four matches in two days, Little won a three-set matchup against Utah State’s Kris Van Wyk, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 to reach today’s final.

Singles Results: 

Little (Utah) def. Fernandez Del Valle (DU) 5-7,6-3,10-5.

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Little Advances to Consolation Finals at ITA Regionals

Utah men's tennis Dan LittleLAS VEGAS, NV – One competitor remains for Utah men’s tennis heading into the final day of action at the ITA Mountain Regionals. Dan Little moved on to the consolation finals with three victories on Saturday.

Little beat Jack Heslin of Boise State then knocked off Kris Van Wyk of Weber State in the quarterfinals 3-6; 6-3; 10-5. In the semifinals, he defeated Rodolfo Jauregui of New Mexico to earn a date against Denver’s Pedro Fernandez Del Valle in the finals tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, over in the main draw, Santiago Sierra‘s outstanding run came to an end with a loss to No. 3 seed Jacob Amilon of UNLV, 7-5, 6-3.

“Santiago had a fantastic week here in Las Vegas and played some outstanding tennis,” head coach Roeland Brateanu said. “It’s also been great to see Dan recover from an early loss and play so well in advancing to the finals.”

In earlier consolation singles play, Slava Shainyan lost to UNM’s Jauregui in his first match of the day 0-6, 6-1, 10-5.

In doubles action, Sierra and Azat Hankuliyev were the last Utes standing with two wins today to reach the semifinals. The other pairings, Little/Shainyan and Parker McGuiness/David Micevski each advanced to the quarterfinals before bowing out.

Good luck tomorrow, Dan!


Doubles Results: 

4th Round Consolation: 

McGuiness/Micevski (Utah) def. Bates/Torrico (MSU) W.O
Shainyan/Little (Utah) def. Cilic/Lena (UNR) W.O
Sierra/Hankuliyev (Utah) def. Bass/Echeverry (USU) 8-7(9)

Quarterfinal Round: 

Maier/Swindells (USU) def. McGuiness/Micevski 8-6.
Coutinho/Santibanez (IU) def. Shainyan/Little (Utah) 8-3.

Singles Results: 

Main Draw Semi Final Round: 

Amilon (UNLV) def. Sierra (Utah) 7-5,6-3.

Consolation 4th Round: 

Jauregui (UNM) def. Shainyan (Utah) 0-6,6-1,10-5.
Little (Utah) def. Heslin (BSU) W.O

Consolation Quarterfinal Round: 

Little (Utah) def. Van Wyk (WSU) 3-6,6-3,10-5.

Consolation Semi Final Round: 

Little (Utah) def. Jauregui (UNM) W.O.

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Sierra Through to Semifinals at ITA Regionals

Utah men's tennis Santiago Sierra  LAS VEGAS, NV– Santiago Sierra continued his outstanding play and advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Regional at the at the expense of fellow Ute David Micevski.

In a spirited matchup between the two teammates, it was Sierra coming out on top, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 against the No. 2-seeded Micevski. The junior from Mexico will now battle No. 3 seed, Jacob Amilon of UNLV tomorrow morning.

Over on the consolation side of the bracket, two Utes each won a pair of matches to continue playing. Dan Little beat Jonas Maier of Utah State, 7-6, 6-4 then defeated Jonathan Aremon of Nevada, 6-2, 6-1. He will continue playing along with Slava Shainyan who knocked off Wyatt Lovera of Denver, 6-4, 6-2 then topped Samuel Serrano of USU, 6-1, 6-1.

Also in consolation play, Benjamin Heck lost to Julien Evrard of Nevada, 6-4, 6-3, Azat Hankuliyev fell to Ryland McDermptt of Boise State in a tight three setter, 4-6, 7-6, 10-5, and Egbert Weverink retired due to an injury.

With three doubles teams in the Round of 16, it was a disappointing finish as none of them advanced to the quarterfinals. Little and Shainyan were beaten by the No. 9 seeds, Mauri Benetiz and Stjin Dehaan of New Mexico State, 8-5. The No. 4 seeds, Ruben Alberts and Jacob Amilon of UNLV, knocked off Parker McGuiness and Micevski, 8-6, and Hankuliyev and Sierra fell to the No. 6 seeds, Pedro Fernandez Del Valle and Jesse Ruder Hook of Denver, 8-4.

In consolation action, Weverink and Woolley lost to Jaime Barajas and Kai Wehnelt of Utah State, 8-4.

Play will resume tomorrow at Darling Tennis Center.


Doubles Results:
Round of 16: 

Amilon/Albers (UNLV) def. McGuiness/Micevski (Utah) 8-6.
Dehaan/Benitez (NMSU) def. Shainyan/Little (Utah) 8-5.
Del Vaille/Ruder-Hook (DU) def. Sierra/Hankuliyev (Utah) 8-4.

Consolation Draw: 

Barajas/Weihnelt (USU) def. Weverink/Woolley 8-4.
Singles Results: 

QF Round Main Draw:

Sierra (Utah) def. Micevski (Utah) 6-4,3-6,6-3.

Consolation Draw:
3rd Round Qualifier:

Shainyan (Utah) def. Lovera (DU) 6-4,6-2.
Bates (MSU) def. Weverink (Utah) 6-4,2-2 ret.
McDermott (BSU) def. Hankuliyev (Utah) 4-6,7-6(4),10-5.
Evrard (UNR) def. Heck (Utah) 6-4,6-3.
Little (Utah) def. Maier (USU) 7-6(6), 6-4.

Consolation 3rd Round: 

Shainyan(Utah) def. Serrano (USU) 6-1,6-1.
Little(Utah) def. Aremo (UNR) 6-2,6-1.


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Utes Keep Rolling at ITA Regionals

Utah men's tennisLAS VEGAS, NV. – A pair of Utes will meet in the quarterfinals of singles play while three doubles teams are now in the Round of 16 after the second day of play at the ITA Mountain Regional.

In singles action, David Micevski and Santiago Sierra continued their path towards a quarterfinal collision. Micevski topped No. 31 Felipe Fonseca of Idaho, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and then beat JD Malan of BYU, 6-4, 6-4. Sierra defeated Victor Casadevall of Montana, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 and then Sean Balkini of New Mexico, 6-2, 6-0

Joe Woolley reached the Round of 16 with an impressive win over No. 12 Ruben Alberts of UNLV, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. However, No. 23 Tim Handel of Northern Arizona then knocked him off, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2,

Three doubles teams moved into the Round of 16 paced by Dan Little and Slava Shainyan. They knocked off Victor Casadevall and Peter Mimnagh-Fleming of Montana, 8-6. Parker McGuiness and Micevksi also held serve with an 8-7 win over Pedro Platzeck and Greg Wischer of Boise State.

Azat Hankuliyev and Santiago Sierra had the biggest win of the day for Utah, topping the No. 17 seeded pairing from UNLV, Adam Gage-Brown and Evaldo Neto, 8-6. The only loss occurred when Egbert Weverink and Woolley fell to Alex Cozbinov and Courtney Lock of UNLV, 8-6

In consolation singles, five of six Utes advanced to the third round. Benjamin Heck won a pair of matches on the day, topping Mateus Ceolin of Montana State, 6-4, 6-1 and Esteban Santibanez of Idaho, 6-1, 3-6, 10-8. Little was the other Ute to win a pair of consolation contests, beating Dylan Harvala of Montana State, 6-4, 6-1 and Alex Turc of Nevada, 6-1, 6-4

Meanwhile, Shainyan knocked off Rok Sitar of Montana State 6-2, 6-3, Weverink swept away Ignacio Tejerina of Montana, 7-5, 6-3 and Hankuliyev rolled past Alex Flink of Montana, 6-2, 7-6. The only loss suffered by Utah was felt by McGuiness who dropped a pair of tie breaks to Stjin Dehaan of New Mexico State, 7-6, 7-6.

Play resumes Friday at the Darling Tennis Center.



Cozbinov/Lock (UNLV) def. Woolley/Weverink (Utah) 8-6.
Little/Shainyan (Utah) def. Flemming/Casadevall (UM) 8-6.
McGuiness/Micevski (Utah) def. Wischer/Platzeck (BSU) 8-7(3).
Hankuliyev/Sierra (Utah) def. Neto/Gage-Brown (UNLV) 8-6.



Sierra (Utah) def. Casadevall (UM) 1-6,6-3,6-4.
Micevski (Utah) def. Fonseca (IU) 4-6,6-3,6-2.
Woolley (Utah) def. Alberts (UNLV) 6-3,6-7,6-1.


Sierra (Utah) def. Baklini (UNM) 6-2,6-0.
Handel (NAU) def. Woolley (Utah) 5-7,7-5,6-2.
Micevski (Utah) def. Malan (BYU) 6-4,6-4.


Heck (Utah) def. Ceolin (MSU) 6-4,6-1.
Little (Utah) def. Harvala (MSU) 6-4,6-1.


Dehaan (NMSU) def. McGuiness (Utah) 7-6(6),7-6(6)
Weverink (Utah) def. Tejerina (UM) 7-5,6-3.
Shainyan (Utah) def. Sitar (MSU) 6-2,6-3.
Hankuliyev (Utah) def. Flink (MSU) 6-2,7-6(2)
Heck (Utah) def. Santibanez (UI) 6-1,3-6,(10-8).
Little (Utah) def. Turn (UNR) 6-1,6-4.

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Utes Move On at ITA Regionals

Utah men's tennis Santiago SierraLas Vegas, NV- Three Utes advanced to the Round of 32 in the main singles draw and all four doubles teams also moved on after the first day of competition at the ITA Mountain Regional.

No. 18 seed Joe Woolley was the first Ute in action this morning, knocking off Guilherme Scarpelli of Idaho 6-1, 7-5 and then beating Sebastian Eguez of Northern Arizona 6-3, 6-2.

Later in the day, No. 19 seed Santiago Sierra, defeated David Mottice of Air Force, 6-4, 6-3 and Aidan Carrazedo of BYU 4-6, 6-2, 7-6.

No. 2 seed David Micevski only had to capture one match on the day after a first-round bye but he did his part, topping Rodolfo Jauregui of New Mexico, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.

In the doubles bracket, all four Utah teams will see action in the Round of 32 tomorrow. Dan Little and Slava Shainyan are the No. 3 seed but the other three pairings were all victorious this morning.

Parker McGuiness and Micevski knocked off Harun Ajanovic and Adi Zilberstein of Northern Arizona, 8-3. Meanwhile, Azat Hankuliyev and Sierra topped Mile Cilic and Sandro Lena of Nevada, 8-5, and the combo of Egbert Weverink and Woolley beat Lucas Coutinho and Esteban Santibanez of Idaho by the identical score.

No. 21-seeded Weverink won his first match of the day, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 over William Edin of Idaho State but lost 6-1, 6-4 to Sean Baklini of New Mexico. Hankuliyev was another Ute with a chance to advance after topping Dillon Launius of Air Force, 6-2, 6-1. However, he ran into a difficult opponent in No. 33 Stefan Cooper of Weber State and was pegged back, 6-2, 6-3.

It was a difficult day for a pair of Utes as the No. 11 seed, McGuiness, lost to Lucas Fumagalli of Air Force, 6-2, 6-4 after receiving a bye. Freshman Shainyan, seeded 15th, also had the morning off but couldn’t use it to his advantage in a 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 setback to BYU’s JD Malan.

Two Utah players will continue on in the consolation bracket after dropping first-round matches. Benjamin Heck lost 7-6, 6-4 to No. 26 Sammy Serrano of Utah State and Little lost 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to Jesse Ruder Hook of Denver

The event is being held at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas. Winners of the regional will advance to the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., November 3-6, 2016.



Woolley (Utah) def. Scarpelli (Idaho) 6-1,7-5.
Hankuliyev (Utah) def. Launius (USAFA) 6-2,6-1.
Serrano (USU) def. Heck (Utah) 7-6(6),6-4.
Weverink (Utah) def. Edin (ISU)  6-7(8),7-5,6-4.
Sierra (Utah) def. Mottice (USAFA) 6-4,6-3.


Woolley (Utah) def. Eguez (NAU) 6-2,6-2.
Fumagali (USAFA) def. McGuiness (Utah) 6-2,6-4.
Cooper (WSU) def. Hankuliyev (Utah) 6-2,6-3.
Baklini (UNM) def. Weverink (Utah) 6-1,6-4.
Malan (BYU) def. Shainyan (Utah) 4-6,7-6,6-3.
Micevski (Utah) def. Jauregui (UNM) 6-7(8),6-3,6-1.



Joe/Eggy (Utah) def. Coutihno/Santibanez (Idaho) 8-6.
Santiago/Azat (Utah) def. Cilic/Lena (UNR) 8-5.
Parker/David (Utah) def. Ajanovic/ Zilberstein (NAU) 8-3.
Slava/Dan def. (bye)


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Utes in Vegas for ITA Regionals


Svyatoslav Shainyan and the Utes at the 2016 ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV – After a week to prepare, the University of Utah men’s tennis team will compete in the ITA Mountain Regional, Oct. 19-23 at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners of the regional will advance to the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., November 3-6, 2016.

David Micevski paces the Utah contingent in singles play as he is seeded No. 2 overall. Parker McGuiness (No. 11) and Slava Shaniyan (No. 15) are slotted in the 9-16 seed grouping while Joe Woolley (No. 18), Santiago Sierra (No. 19) and Egbert Weverink (No. 21) are in the 17-32 seed grouping. Last year’s finalist, Dan Little, as well as freshmen Benjamin Heck and Azat Hankuliyev did not get seeded and round out the Utah contingent.

In the doubles backet, Dan Little and Shaniyan are the No. 3 seed while the Utah duos of McGuiness/Micevski (No. 11) and Weverink/Woolley (No. 14) are in the 9-16 seed grouping. Hankuliyev and Sierra are the fourth and final pairing in action for the Utes.

For more tournament information, including draws, click here.

1st Round Singles
10.30am Joe Woolley vs. Guilherme Scarpelli (Idaho)
11.30am Benjamin Heck vs. No. 26 Sammy Serrano (USU)
12.00pm Dan Little vs. Jesse Ruder Hook (DU)
12.00pm Azat Hankuliyev vs. Dillon Launius (AFA)
1.30pm Egbert Weverink vs. William Edin (ISU)
2.00pm Santiago Sierra vs. David Mottice (AFA)
Parker McGuiness vs. Bye
Slava Shaniyan vs. Bye
David Micevski vs. Bye

1st Round Doubles
9.00am Parker McGuiness/David Micevksi vs. Harun Ajanovic/Adi Zilberstein (NAU)
9.00am Azat Hankuliyev/Santiago Sierra vs. Mile Cilic/Sandro Lena (UNR)
9.00am Egbert Weverink/Joe Woolley vs. Lucas Coutinho/Esteban Santibanez (Idaho)
No. 3 Slava Shainyan/Dan Little vs bye

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