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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Utes Close Out Competition in Boise


Redshirt Freshman Azat Hankuliyev lost in the finals of the Flight A Consolation final of the 2016 Dar Walters Boise State Fall Classic.

Boise, ID – On the final day of the 2016 Dar Walters Boise State Classic, the Utes saw all four Utes in action, but are headed back to Salt Lake City without a tournament title.

“There were some ups and downs this weekend,” said Associate Head Coach Daniel Pollock. “But overall I think we got what we came for; a lot of live competition and live reps ahead of the ITA Regional Championships in 10 days time.”

Utah’s lone survivor in the main draw of the top flight, Santiago Sierra, fell in the semifinals to Portland State’s Nathan Boniel, 6-4, 7-6(5). In the doubles main draw, Sierra and doubles partner Dan Little, reached the final after handily defeating Flink/Sitar (Montana State), 6-2, but couldn’t continue their momentum and were outplayed by 2nd seeded Serrano/Wehnelt (Utah State), 2-6.

Redshirt freshman Azat Hankuliyev defeated Kellen Bates in a close three-setter to advance to the finals of the Flight A Consolation Draw. In the finals, Air Force Academy’s Max Olson got the better of Hankuliyev, thereby claiming the consolation tournament title.

In consolation matches, sophomore Dan Little closed out the tournament on a positive note, defeating Kostya Nesterenko (Nevada-Reno), while freshman Benjamin Heck lost to Alex Turc (UNR) 6-1, 6-3.

The Utes will now prepare for the ITA Regional Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 19-23, 2016 at the Darling Tennis Center.


Flight A Main Draw Singles:
Nathan Boniel (PSU) def. Santiago Sierra 6-4, 7-6(5)

Main Draw Doubles:

Sierra/Little def. Sitar/Flink (MSU) 6-2

Wehnelt/Serrano def. Little/Sierra 6-2

Flight A Singles Consolation Draw:
Azat Hankuliyev def. Kellen Bates (MSU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7

Max Olson (AFA) def. Azat Hankuliyev 6-2, 6-2

Consolation Singles Matches:
Dan Little def. Kostya Nesterenko (UNR) 7-6(2), 1-6, 10-3
Alex Turc (UNR)def. Benjamin Heck 6-1, 6-3

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Utes Advance to Final Day in Boise


Junior Santiago Sierra in an archived picture from an interview earlier this year with Al Dia Utah

Boise, ID – On the second day of the Dar Walters Boise State Fall Classic Santiago Sierra advanced to the semifinals of the singles and doubles draws, while redshirt freshman Azat Hankuliyev advances in the consolation bracket.

“I didn’t play my best tennis today, but competed very hard,” said junior Santiago Sierra. “I’m fortunate to get the opportunity to continue to fight for the tournament title tomorrow.”

In his first match of the day the Sierra defeated Felipe Fonseca (Idaho) in straight sets and reached the semifinals after a competitive match with Jacob Sullivan (BYU). In the semifinals he will face Nathan Boniel (Portland State) at 8.30am on Sunday.

In doubles play, Sierra and partner Dan Little also reached the semifinals after two victories. In the round of 16 they defeated Coutinho/Santibanez (Idaho) 7-5, followed by a 7-5 victory over Cannellopulous/Schmidl (Montana). In the semis, which will be played Sunday at 1pm, they will face Flink/Sitar from Montana State.

Redshirt freshman Azat Hankuliyev also remains active in the tournament. After losing in the first round of the main draw, the Ute defeated Max Korkh (Portland State) in straight sets. He will now face Montana State’s Kellen Bates in the semis.

Day 2 Results

Main Draw Flight A Singles:
Rd 16:
Santiago Sierra def. Felipe Fonseca (Idaho) 6-4, 6-0
Sam Serrano (USU) def. Dan Little 6-4, 7-5

Quarter Final:
Santiago Sierra def. Jacob Sullivan 4-6, 5-6 ret.

Main Draw Doubles:
Rd 16:
Little/Sierra def.Coutinho/Santibanez (Idaho) 7-5

Quarter Final:
Little/Sierra def.Cannellopulous/Schmidl (Montana) 7-5

Consolation Draw Flight A Singles:
Rd 16:
Azat Hankuliyev def. Steffan Cooper (Weber St) W.O.

Quarter Final:
Azat Hankuliyev def. Max Korkh (Portland State) 6-3, 6-3

Consolation Doubles:
Hankuliyev/Heck def. Wischer/Moyer 6-2

Consolation Draw Flight B Singles:
Benjamin Heck def. Canellopolous (Montana), 6-4, 2-6, 10-6

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Little, Sierra Win in Boise

Utah Men's Tennis Santiago Sierra

Santiago Sierra

Boise, ID – After the first day of the Dar Walters Boise State Fall Classic in Boise, Idaho, two of four Utes remain standing. Junior Santiago Sierra and sophomore Dan Little won their first round matches and advance into the round of 16.

Sixth seeded Little defeated Zachary Hewlin (Whitman) 7-5, 6-4 and will face Sam Serrano (Utah State) Saturday at 10am. The Aggie won the B Draw at the Utah Invitational last month.

Seventh seeded Sierra needed three sets to defeat Idaho State’s Quentin Wacquez 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. The junior will now face Felipe Fonseca (Idaho) in the second round on Saturday at 10am.

The two Utes, seeded third, also teamed up to defeat BYU’s Carrazedo/Vincent, 6-2, to advance to the round of 16, which will be played Saturday at 4pm.


1st Round:
Dan Little (6) def. Zachary Hewlin (WC) 7-5, 6-4
Santiago Sierra (7) def. Quentin Wacquez (ISU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Rok Sitar (MSU) def. Azat Hankuliyev 6-2, 6-3

1st Round:
Little/Sierra (3) bye

2nd Round:
Little/Sierra def. Vincent/Carrazedo (BYU) 6-2

1st Round:
Benjamin Heck def. Sam Larson (PSU) 6-3, 6-1

2nd Round:
Peter O’Donovan (UNR) def. Benjamin Heck 6-4, 6-1

1st Round:
Friedman/Jivkov (WC) def. Hankuliyev/Heck  7-5


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