Utah Men’s Tennis Advances at Dar Walters Tennis Classic

BOISE, Idaho – Utah men’s tennis completed the first day of action at the Dar Walters Tennis Classic Friday. The Utes reached the quarterfinal round in three of the four singles flights and both of the doubles flights.

“It was great to see the guys compete as hard as they did today,” said assistant coach Daniel Pollock. “We had three guys pick up their first ever college wins, highlighted by Santiago’s impressive win over the top player from Idaho. Everyone put in to practice what we have been working on, fought hard, and represented the ‘U’ with class. That’s everything you want as a coach. I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow as the competition gets tougher.”

In singles Flight A, freshman Santiago Sierra netted a stellar first collegiate-career win when he defeated Idaho’s top player, Odon Barta, 6-4, 6-4. He is slated to take on host Boise State’s Brian Foley Saturday in the quarterfinal round. In Flight B, junior Jamey Swiggart was defeated by Whitman’s Petar Jivkov and will take on Yonas Woldetsadik of Lewis-Clark State Saturday in the consolation quarterfinals.

In singles Flight C, junior Justin Archer and freshman Johan Jonhagen each netted victories in the round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinal round. Archer was defeated by Mark Kovacs of Idaho, 6-4, 6-1, while Jonhagen nabbed a hard-fought win over Weber State’s Sanjay Goswami, 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(5). He will face Abe Hewko of Boise State Saturday in the semifinal round.

After enjoying a bye in the round of 32 of the doubles Blue Flight, Archer and Jonhagen downed Josh Goodwin Daniel Loebel of Idaho State, 8-4. The duo will play Utah State’s Dennis Baumgartner and Sebastain Schneider Saturday in the quarterfinals. In the doubles Orange Flight, Sierra and Swiggart defeated Wacil Bendjelti and Eduardo Bringold of Eastern Washington, 8-2 and are slated to face Boise State’s Brian Foley and Lewis Roskilly Saturday in the quarterfinal round.Redshirt freshman Louis-Philippe Gascon reached the semifinals of Flight D with two-straight victories in the round of 16 and quarterfinals. He will will play Rhys Richardson of Idaho Saturday in semifinals.

Singles Results
Flight A Main Draw

Round of 16
Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Odon Barta (IDAHO), 6-4, 6-4

Flight B Main Draw
Round of 16
Petar Jivokov (WHITMAN) def. Jamey Swiggart, 6-2, 6-1

Flight C Main Draw
Round of 16
Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Tom Wittiveen (MONTANA), 7-5, 6-2
Justin Archer (UTAH) def. Haseeb Khan (LEWIS-CLARK STATE), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3

Quarter Finals
Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Sanjay Goswami (WEBER STATE), 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(5)
Mark Kovacs (IDAHO) def. Archer (UTAH), 6-4, 6-1

Flight D Main Draw
Round of 16
Louis-Philippe Gascon (UTAH) def. Sonam Phuntsok (LEWIS-CLARK STATE), 6-1, 6-4

Quarter Finals
Gascon (UTAH) def. Alex Braun (MONTANA), 7-6(2), 6-3

Doubles Results
Blue Flight Main Draw

Round of 32
Wittiveen/Zach Fisher (MONTANA) def. Gascon/Brady Hislop (UTAH), 8-2
Archer/Jonhagen (UTAH), bye

Round of 16
Archer/Jonhagen def. Josh Goodwin/Daniel Loebel (IDAHO STATE), 8-4

Orange Flight Main Draw
Round of 16
Sierra/Swiggart (UTAH) def. Wacil Bendjelti/Eduardo Bringold (EASTERN WASH.), 8-2

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