On a gloomy day in Provo, Utah, junior Cameron Lee and sophomore Matt Cowley advanced to the quarterfinals of the Utah Fall Tennis Classic at BYU. The fourth seeded Lee started the day off rusty, losing the first set 4-6 to Jacob Curtis. But last year’s ITA Junior College All-American, fought his way back into the match with a 6-1 win in the second set, followed by an 11-9 win in the super tiebreaker. In the second round, Lee handily took care of BYU’s Jacob Sullivan 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the elite eight.
In the quarterfinals, Lee will face fellow Ute Matt Cowley, who, after two years of absence, showed that he didn’t skip a beat. In the first round he beat Brocton Andurs, 6-1, 6-1, while beating Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) in the second round: 7-5, 6-4.
Redshirt sophomore Justin Archer was able to win his first round match, beating Orin Duffin 6-0, 6-3, but lost to Matt Pearce in second round. Louis-Philippe Gascon had his chances to beat Brendon Kempin, up a break 6-4, 4-3, but the Canadian was unable to capitalize on his lead, losing 6-4, 4-6, 4-10. Both Archer and Gascon will continue to compete in the consolation bracket tomorrow.
In doubles action, the duo of Matt Cowley and Louis-Philippe Gascon were successful in their first outing together, beating Albaugh/Duffin 8-2. They will face BYU’s Jacob Sullivan and Matt Pearce in quarterfinals action.
Second seeded Cameron Lee and Justin Archer received a bye in the first round and will play Juan Canales/Andrey Goryachkov (BYU).
Stay tuned for the draw of the ITF Futures in Costa Mesa, California, where Slim Hamza, Alejandro Medinilla, Ben Tasevac, Devin Lane and Cedric Willems will compete this weekend.