Oct. 17, 2014
LAS VEGAS – Utah men’s tennis’ senior Cedric Willems captured his fourth consecutive win Friday at the Darling Tennis Center to advance to the ITA Regional singles semifinals.
Fifteenth-seeded Willems battled Nevada Reno’s 10th-seeded Moez Chargui in the quarterfinals and dropped the first set 3-6. But Willems rallied in second set, taking it by the same margin, 6-3. He then topped Chargui in the third set 6-2 to clinch the victory. Willems is slated to take on first-seeded Henry Craig of Denver Saturday at 10 a.m. PT in the semifinals.
Although the Utes are out of main-draw doubles competition, junior Matt Cowley and freshman Santiago Sierra reached the doubles consolation quarterfinals with two wins Friday in the second and third rounds. The duo will face Weber State’s Sanjay Goswami and Stefan Cooper Saturday at 10 a.m. PT.
#15 Cedric Willems (Utah) def. #10 Moez Chargui (Nevada Reno), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
#15 Willems vs. #1 Henry Craig (Denver), Saturday at 10 a.m.
Matt Cowley (Utah) def. Felipe Fonseca (Idaho), 6-2, 7-5
Diogo Rocha (Denver) def Santiago Sierra (Utah), 6-4, 6-3
Louis-Philippe Gascon (Utah) def. Andrew Nakajima (Utah State), 7-6, 6-2
Jamey Swiggart (Utah) def. Peter Mimnahg-Fleming (Montana), 6-4, 6-3
Kester Black (Northern Arizona) def. Cowley, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Victor Brown (BYU) def. Gascon, 6-3, 6-4
Mile Cilic (Nevada Reno) def. Swiggart, 6-1, 6-1
Round of 16
#5 Goryachkov/Sargeant (BYU) def. #9 Swiggart/Willems (Utah), 8-3
#8 Hignett/Van Leijsen (New Mexico) def. Archer/Jonhagen (Utah), 8-5
Cowley/Sierra (Utah) def. Douglas/Goldberg (NMSU), 8-3
Cosmai (Utah State)/Harvala (Montana State) def. Gascon (Utah)/Abraham (UNLV), 8-0
Cowley/Sierra def. Baumgartner/Swindells (Utah State), 8-7
Cowley/Sierra vs. Cooper/Goswami (Weber State), Saturday at 10 a.m.