No. 56 Utah Defeats Montana State and No. 70 Utah State


SALT LAKE CITY –
The 56th-ranked Utah men’s tennis team (3-1) netted back-to-back victories Saturday in its home opener at the Eccles Tennis Center. The Utes defeated Montana State (0-2), 5-2, then took down No. 70 Utah State (7-1), 6-1.

“I’m very proud of our effort today,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu, “It was a hard and long day of tennis, but I felt we improved throughout the day and earned two solid wins.”

Two of Utah’s doubles teams, senior Cedric Willems and junior Matt Cowley, as well as freshmen Santiago Sierra and Johan Jonhagen, went undefeated in the double header, which helped the Utes nab early 1-0 leads. Willems and sophomore Parker McGuiness also went undefeated for the day in singles action.

In the battle against the Bobcats, Willems’ 6-4, 6-2 win over Andre Napoliatano clinched the match for the Utes at the No. 1 position. Sierra managed the match deciding point against the 70th-ranked Aggies when he defeated Sebastian Schneider, 6-4, 6-2, at the sixth slot.

The Utes return to action tomorrow against Montana at 11 a.m. MT at the Eccles Tennis Center. Follow online with live stats.

Match Results

#56 University of Utah 5, Montana State 2

Singles
 1. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Andre Napoliatano (MONTST) 6-4, 6-2
2. Niklas Brandes (MONTST) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 11-9
3. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Javier Morillas (MONTST) 6-3, 7-5
4. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. Kellen Bates (MONTST) 6-4, 6-2
5. Harry James (MONTST) def. Louis-Phillippe Gascon (UTAH) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Dylan Harvala (MONTST) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles
1. Cowley/Willems (UTAH) def. Brandes/Morillas (MONTST) 7-5
2. Bates/James (MONTST) def. Slim Hamza/McGeehan (UTAH) 6-4
3. Santiago Sierra/Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Harvala/Napoliatano (MONTST) 6-0

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,6,1,3,5,2)

#56 University of Utah 6, #70 Utah State 1

Singles 
1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Jack Swindells (UTAHST) 6-4, 6-1
2. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Dennis Baumgartner (UTAHST) 6-4, 6-4
3. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Marcus Fritz (UTAHST) 6-3, 6-4
4. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Jaime Barajas (UTAHST) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 10-7
5. Karan Salwan (UTAHST) def. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) 4-6, 6-4, 10-2
6. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Sebastian Schneider (UTAHST) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles
1. Willems/Cowley (UTAH) def. Fritz/Baumgartner (UTAHST) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Swindells/Matt Sweet (UTAHST) def. Hamza/McGeehan (UTAH) 6-2
3. Jonhagen/Sierra (UTAH) def. Salwan/Barajas (UTAHST) 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,3,6,2,5,4)

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