SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men’s tennis team closed out its 11th-annual Utah Intercollegiate Saturday at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy. Shane Monroe of BYU captured the singles Flight A championship title, while Utah State’s Shane Schneider netted the Flight B title. Cougars Francis Sargeant and David Ball walked away with the doubles title.
“We all knew that our learning process would come with ups and downs and, after two good days, today was a difficult one,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Of course I had hoped for better results today, but overall we can look back at a satisfying tournament where we made solid improvements. We’ll need to learn to start better and come out with more energy. But that’s on me as a coach. I need to do a better job of getting my guys ready to play.”
Senior and second-seeded Cedric Willems was defeated by fourth-seeded Monroe, 6-0, 6-3, while junior Matt Cowley claimed third place. Freshman Santiago Sierra nabbed a victory over BYU’s Juan Canales, 6-3, 7-6(4) in the consolation bracket.
Freshman Louis-Philippe Gascon captured third place when he downed Utah State’s Tomas Cosmai, 6-3, 6-4. In the consolation bracket, freshman Johan Jonhagen was defeated in the final round by Jeremy Bourgeois of BYU, 6-1, 7-5, while junior Justin Archer captured a win over Aggie Andrew Nakajima, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5).
Willems and junior Jamey Swiggart were defeated in the doubles championship by BYU’s Sargeant and Ball, 8-4, while Cowley and Sierra claimed third place with an 8-3 victory over Schneider and Marcus Fritz of Utah State. In the consolation bracket, Gascon and Jonhagen lost to Aggies Jack Swindells and Karan Salawan, 8-0.
The Utes return to action in Las Vegas, Oct. 15-19, at the ITA Regionals.