Three Utes advanced to the second round at the Costa Mesa Futures in southern California today. Senior Cedric Willems led the way with an impressive come-from-behind victory over 12th seeded Boris Bakalov, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Willems saved two match points in the third set and won the set after being down 2-5. He will face Ryoto Tachi (Japan) Saturday at 1pm.
Senior Slim Hamza and Matt Cowley both cruised to easy victories. Hamza dispatched Jamie Vance (USA), 6-1, 6-0 and will play Christopher Helliar (Great Britain) in the 2nd round. Junior Matt Cowley beat Nicolas Dowell, 6-0, 6-0, to set up a 2nd round matchup with former college standout and No. 5 seeded Andre Dome (USA).
Sophomore Parker McGuiness was the only Ute left empty handed. The transfer from NC State started slow and couldn’t overcome an early defect against 16th seeded Michal Dembek (Poland), 2-6, 4-6.