Utah Men’s Sweeps Idaho State and Weber State in Home Opener

BC7F9323.JPGSALT LAKE CITY – Utah Men’s Tennis swept aside the competition during its first home event of the spring season. The Utes shutout Idaho State, 7-0, before doing the same to Weber State.

“It’s great to start the season off with 2 sweeps. We didn’t play great, but found ways to win and won some very close matches against Weber State.” said Head Coach Roeland Brateanu.

Against Weber State, Utah took an early edge in doubles play with Slava Shaniyan and Parker McGuiness picking up a 6-2 at the No. 3 position. Santiago Sierra and Egbert Weverink were victorious at the No. 2 spot, 7-5 to secure the point for the Utes.

In singles action, Joe Woolley was dominant at the No. 5 spot, winning 6-1, 6-1. Shaniyan put the Utes on the verge of victory with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph at the No. 6 spot. Dan Little closed things out for the home side with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win at the No. 2 position.
Earlier in the day, the Utes rolled through Idaho State. Weverink and Sierra had no problems breezing past Bjorn Scheepbouwer and Keegan Sullivan, 6-0. Utah secured the doubles point when McGuiness and Shaniyan defeated Haseeb Khan and Quentin Wacquez

In singles play, the Utes were not tested as all six matches were decided in straight sets. Azat Hankuliyev, McGuiness and Weverink sealed the overall victory for Utah at singles positions two, five and six before the other matches concluded.

The Utes are back in action next weekend when they travel to Columbus, Ohio for matches against the host Buckeyes (Fri.), Denver (Sat.) and Old Dominion (Sun.)

Utah 7, Idaho State 0
Singles competition
1. David Micevski (UTAH) def. Quentin Wacquez (ISU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Sebastian Edin (ISU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. Josh Goodwin (ISU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Slava Shaniyan (UTAH) def. Bjorn Scheepbouwer (ISU) 6-4, 7-5
5. Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Keegan Sullivan (ISU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Azat Hankuliyev (UTAH) def. Haseeb Khan (ISU) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Josh Goodwin/Sebastian Edin (ISU) def. Dan Little/Joe Woolley (UTAH) 5-4
2. Egbert Weverink/Santiago Sierra (UTAHM) def. Bjorn Scheepbouwer/Keegan Sullivan (ISU) 6-0
3. Parker McGuiness/Slava Shaniyan (UTAH) def. Haseeb Khan/Quentin Wacquez (ISU) 6-3

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

Utah 7, Weber State 0
Singles competition
1. David Micevski (UTAH) def. Shao Po Yin (WEBER) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
2. Dan Little (UTAH) def. Stefan Cooper (WEBER) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
3. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Kris van Wyk (WEBER) 7-6, 7-5
4. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Hou En Chen (WEBER) 7-6, 3-6, 10-6
5. Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. Cezary Walkusz (WEBER) 6-1, 6-0
6. Slava Shaniyan (UTAH) def. Michiel Van Schoor (WEBER) 6-1, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Shao Po Yin/Stefan Cooper (WEBER) vs. Dan Little/Joe Woolley (UTAH) no result
2. Santiago Sierra/Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Kris van Wyk/Michiel Van Schoor (WEBER) 7-5
3. Slava Shaniyan/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Hou En Chen/Cezary Walkusz (WEBER) 6-2

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

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Utes Open with Idaho State and Weber State

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2016/2017 University of Utah Men’s Tennis Team

Salt Lake City, UT- After competing at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, California last week, the Utes (0-0) return to Salt Lake City, Utah for its home opener on Saturday January 21. The Utes will match up against the Idaho State Bengals (0-1) at 11 a.m. and the Weber State Wildcats  (0-1) at 4 p.m.

“We look forward to starting our dual season against these two regional opponents,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Both Idaho State and Weber State had strong showings last week and will come to Salt Lake looking for their first wins. I think it will be a fun day of tennis.”

The Utes will be hosting a USTA Campus Kids Day. Between the two matches, the Utes players and staff will host a meet and great and a free clinic with prizes for children of all ages. After the Weber State match, children will be invited to join the post match press conference.

The first 30 people to arrive for the Weber State match will also be receiving a free Utah Match Point Club  T-shirt.

Order of Events:
11.00am Utah vs Idaho State
2-3pm* Kids Clinic + Prizes
3-4pm Kids Pizza
4.00pm Utah vs Weber State (Free pizza between doubles and singles)
6.30pm* Kids Press Conference
* Depends on match finish time

isuIdaho State Bengals
The Bengals opened their season last week with a 6-1 loss at BYU (2-0). Last year, the Bengals went 8-13 including a 6-1 loss to the Utes in Salt Lake City. The Bengals will be returning all starters from last year, including Sebastian Edin. Edin finished 8-12 in singles play during his first year at ISU, primarily at the no. 1 singles spot.


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The Wildcats also opened up their season last weekend in Provo, losing 6-1 to BYU. Last year, the Wildcats posted a 12-9 record en route to a Big Sky Conference Championship, and a first round loss in the NCAA Tournament to no. 3 UCLA. The Wildcats return 4 players from last year, while adding 3 freshmen.


Both matches will be played at the Eccles Tennis Center. As always, admission is free and fans can park in the in the East Lot off of Guardsman Way free of charge.


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Ute Athletes Succeed in Classroom During Fall Semester 

SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah student-athletes combined to post a 3.15 grade-point-average for the 2016 fall term to extend the current school-record streak to 21 consecutive semesters with an overall GPA above a 3.0. 

Nearly two-thirds (62.67%) of all Utah student-athletes qualified for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll while more than one-third (34.10%) were named to the Dean’s List, which requires at least a 3.5 GPA.


The women’s ski team turned in the highest GPA in the department at 3.76 and was closely followed by soccer (3.61). These are new semester highs for both programs and women’s skiing had every student-athlete earn Athletic Director’s Honor Roll status.


The women’s ski team placed 75-percent of its members on the Dean’s List, the highest percentage in the department, while the football team had the most Dean’s List (24) and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (55) honorees.


Men’s tennis raised its respective GPA by almost six percentage points from the spring of 2016, largest in the department, while golf, baseball, women’s skiing, soccer, women’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, football and volleyball also saw increases.


Men’s tennis also had the biggest jump for the full academic year by more than nine percentage points. Other increases were seen with football, soccer, women’s swimming and diving, baseball, women’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s skiing, golf, volleyball, men’s basketball and track and field. As a whole, the department saw an improvement of more than three percentage points.

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Micevski Continues Dominance at NCTC, Retires in Final

Palm Springs, Calif- David Micevski continued his dominance at the NCTC on Sunday at the Sunrise Country Club.

Micevski started the day with a 6-4,6-3 victory over Gabriel Sidney from Pepperdine. The sophomore standout found himself in a three set battle in the semis versus another Pepperdine Wave, Pedro Iamachkine. Iamchkine was forced to retire down 2-0 in the third set, sending Micevski into the finals.

Up 6-1,3-2, Micevski was forced to retire in the final round against Stefan Menichella.

Fellow Ute Parker McGuiness retired in his first round consolation match while playing teammate Eggy Weverink. In other consolation action, Azat Hankuliyev lost to the no. 1 seed Guilherme Handlich from Pepperdine 6-1,6-2. Joe Woolley won a hard fought 3 setter over Christian Brocksteadt, and losing 6-2,6-4 to Guilherme Hadlich of Pepperdine.

Eggy Weverink made a run to the third round of the consolation bracket. After defeating Parker McGuiness by retirement, Eggy took out Mert Zincirli 3-6,6-4,10-4. In the third round, Weverink lost to Guilherme Hadlich 7-6(1),6-3.

In doubles action, Joe Woolley and Dan Little made a run to the finals, losing to Van Slyke/Menichella (Pepperdine) 6-4. Pairs Eggy Weverink and David Micevski, as well as Parker McGuinness and Slava Shainyan lost in the first round.

“After a dissapointing start to the tournament for the team as a whole, it was nice to see progress today in the attitude and performance of several players. David competed extremely hard and got closer to the level he will need for PAC-12 play than he has so far this year. Joe and Dan also began to find some chemistry on the doubles court and played at a very high level in all 4 matches” said Associate Head Coach Dan Pollock, “The match play and pressure situations we faced in this tournament were a good wake up call for the team as we head into an extremely tough dual match schedule starting next weekend.”

The Utes are back in action for a double header this Saturday at 11 am vs. Idaho State, as well as Weber State at 4 pm.



Third Round:
Micevski (Utah) def. Sidney (Pepperdine) 6-4, 6-3

(2) Micevski (Utah) def. Iamachkine (Pepperdine) 5-7, 6-1, 2-0 RET.

Menichella (Pepperdine) def. (2) Micevski (Utah) 6-1, 3-2 RET.

First Round:
(1) Handlich (Pepperdine) def. Hankuliyev (Utah) 6-1, 6-2
Wooley (Utah) def. Brockstedt (USF) 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-4
Weverink (Utah) def. (4) McGuiness (Utah) 3-2, RET.

Second Round:
Weverink (Utah) def. Zincirli (USF) 3-6, 6-4, 10-2
Hadlich (Pepperdine) def. Woolley (Utah) 6-2, 6-4

Third Round:
Hadlich (Pepperdine) def. Weverink (Utah) 7-6(3), 6-1

Men’s Doubles:
First Round:
Woolley/Little (Utah) vs Shackleton/Wischer (Boise State) 6-2
Kumthonkittikul/Marinelli (USF) def. Baez/Hankuliyev (Pepperdine/Utah) w/o (inj)
Gealer/Guzman (UCLA) def. Weverink/Micevski (Utah) 6-3
(2) Joenhagen/Zincirli (USF) def. McGuiness/Shainyan (Utah) 6-1

Second Round:
Woolley/Little (Utah) def. Kumthonkittikul/Marinelli (USF) 6-1

Woolley/Little (Utah) def. Hadlich/Sidney (Pepperdine) 6-3

Van Slyke/Menichella (Pepperdine) def. Woolley/Little (Utah) 6-4

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Micevski Cruises into Quarterfinals at NCTC

Palm Springs, Calif.- After a washed out first day of the NCTC, the Utes of Utah were back in action Saturday.

“It was a long wait to get playing, but you don’t control the weather,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We played a lot of tennis today and look forward to play a lot more the next couple of days.”

Following a first-round bye, Utes’ sophomore standout David Micevski defeated USF’s Worvin Kumthonkittihul (USF) 6-1,6-3 securing his spot into the quarterfinals. The no. 2 seed will face Sidney (Pepperdine) in the quarterfinal round on Sunday at 9am.

Dan Little opened his 2017 campaign with a quick 6-1,6-4 victory over Boise State’s Greg Wischer. In his second match of the day, Little lost a heartbreaker to no. 4 seed Pedro Iamachkine from Pepperdine 6-1,2-6,6-4. The match was stopped and restarted three times due to court changes and rain delays.

Freshman Slava Shainyan lost a hard fought 6-7(4), 6-1,6-4 battle to Dane Esses from Pepperdine. Earlier in the day, Slava took out another Pepperdine Wave Guilherme Galvao 6-1,6-0.

Parker McGuiness,  Egbert Weverink, Azat Hankuliyev and Joe Woolley will be competing in the consolation bracket after first round losses. Azat Hankuliyev was defeated by former Ute Johan Joenhagen 6-0,6-4.

Play resumes Sunday at 10 am PT. All matches will be played at the Sunrise Country Club.



Main Draw First Round:
Joenhagen (USF) def. Hankuliyev (Utah) 6-0, 6-4
Menichella (Pepperdine) def. Weverink (Utah) 6-0, 6-4
Shainyan (Utah) vs Galvao (Pepperdine) 6-1, 6-0
Shackleton (Boise State) def. Wooley (Utah) 6-7, 6-4, 6-2
Marker (USF) def. McGuiness (Utah) 7-6, 5-7, 7-6
Little (Utah) def. Wischer (Boise State) 6-1, 6-4

Main Draw Second Round: 
Esses (Pepperdine) def. Shainyan (Utah) 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4
(4) Iamachkine (Pepperdine) def. Dan Little (Utah) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
(2) Micevski (Utah) def. Kumthonkittihul (USF) 6-2, 6-3

Consolation Bracket:
Wooley (Utah) def. Brockstedt (USF) 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-4
Weverink (Utah) def. (4) McGuiness (Utah) 3-2, RET.


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Rain Plagues Tennis Classic

screen-shot-2017-01-14-at-9-07-44-amRancho Mirage, CA – After being washed out on the first day of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Rancho Mirage, California, the Utes are once again in a rain delay on day 2.

“It’s not ideal, but it’s the same conditions for everyone involved and you can’t control the weather,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We are looking forward to getting a lot of tennis in today.”

The Utes are slated to start at 10am Saturday at the earliest.

Important links:
Singles Draw
Doubles Draw


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Utes Open 2017 Campaign at National Collegiate Tennis Classic

Palm Springs, Calif.  – Utah Men’s Tennis will open up  its spring season at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The event will be held from Friday-Sunday and a draw for the NCTC is not yet available.

“It’s a great honor to have been invited to participate at the NCTC and to kick off our 2017 season against such a strong field” said Utes Head Coach Roeland Brateanu.

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

The Nation’s top collegiate tennis teams have been testing each other’s prowess in winter competition since 1976, when the National Collegiate Tennis Classic was launched in the Southern California desert at Palm Springs. The N.C.T.C. showcases “The Best Of The NCAA.” in the annual event.

Teams participating include: USC, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Texas, Baylor, Boise State, Pepperdine, San Francisco, and Wichita.

The annual tournament has grown in national stature over the years and has been called “The Wimbledon of College Tennis” by the press. It is now one of the major collegiate tennis events and one of the few to feature both men’s and women’s competitions.

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