Four of five Utes participating in the F24 Costa Mesa Futures started the tournament off with a win, advancing into the second round. The day started off well when captain Alejandro Medinilla dominated Marc Vartabedian 6-0, 6-2 and Cedric Willems beat Emmett Egger (Washington) 6-4, 7-6(2).
Junior Slim Hamza had a very tough first round playing Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA), but managed to come back from a 3rd set 0-3 deficit: 6-2, 1-6, 7-5. Senior Ben Tasevac joined his fellow Utes in the 2nd round by beating Axel Bouillion 6-4, 7-5.
At the Utah Fall Classic at BYU, Matt Cowley advanced to the semifinals of the main draw after defeating teammate Cameron Lee 7-6(7), 6-2, but was unable to defeat 2nd seated Andrey Goryachkov 4-6, 7-6(5), 2-6 to reach the finals.
Justin Archer continued his run in the consolation draw by defeating Brocton Andrus 6-3, 6-0 and in the quarterfinals received a walk over after Todd Fought (Weber State) withdrew.
In doubles action, Archer, partnering Cameron Lee defeated BYU’s Andrey Goryachkov and Juan Canales 8-4, while the Matt Cowley/Louis-Philippe Gascon advanced to the semifinals after beating BYU’s Jacob Sullivan/Matt Pearce 8-6. Unfortunately, Matt Cowley was forced to withdraw from doubles competition, putting 2nd seeded Cameron Lee and Justin Archer into the doubles main draw finals tomorrow at 12noon.
F24 Costa Mesa Futures:
Alejandro Medinilla vs. Andrew Diefenbach (USA)
Slim Hamza vs. Matt Kandath (USA)
Ben Tasevac vs. Ryan Cheung (HKG)
Cedric Willems vs. Sahr Kuplun (SLE)
Utah Fall Classic:
Justin Archer/Cameron Lee (2) vs. Francis Sargeant/Sterling Galli (1)