SALT LAKE CITY – The 59th-ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (7-3) earned two victories Saturday against Idaho State (0-1) and Weber State (4-7). The Utes started out the day blanking the Bengals, and then defeated the Wildcats 6-1 at the Eccles Tennis Center.
“We’ve had a good week of practice which resulted in a solid performance today,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We didn’t play great, but we were disciplined and did exactly what we needed to do.”
Utah went up 1-0 early on against Idaho State after taking the doubles point. Freshmen Johan Jonhagen and Santiago Sierra defeated Austin Miller and Cody Miller at the No. 3 position, 6-4, while senior Slim Hamza and sophomore Parker McGuiness edged Krzystof Stempien and Josh Goodwin by the same score at the No. 2 position. The Utes then took six straight singles win to complete the 7-0 sweep.
Against Weber State, Jonhagen and Sierra captured Utah’s first doubles win of the day. A 6-4 victory from senior Cedric Willems and junior Matt Cowley at the No. 1 spot put the doubles point in the Utes’ hands.
Five straight singles wins put Utah up 6-0. The final point came down to a hard-fought battle at the No. 2 slot between Willems and Todd Fought. Willems was edged by Fought, 7-6(8), 6-4, giving the Wildcats their solo point of the match.
The Utes return to action next weekend in Boise, Idaho to face Boise State and Penn.
#59 University of Utah 7, Idaho State 0
1. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Daniel Loebel (IDST) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 105
2. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Krzystof Stempien (IDST) 6-2, 6-1
3. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Bjorn Scheephouwer (IDST) 6-3, 6-1
4. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Austin Miller (IDST) 6-2, 6-2
5. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Josh Goodwin (IDST) 6-2, 6-2
6. LP Gascon (UTAH) def. Orin Duffin (IDST) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: (6,2,3,4,5,1)
1. Matt Cowley/Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Daniel Loebel/Bjorn Scheepbouwer (IDST) 5-4
2. Slim Hamza/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Krzystof Stempien/Josh Goodwin (IDST) 6-4
3. Johan Jonhagen/Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Austin Miller/Cody Miller (IDST) 6-4 Order of finish: (3,2)
#59 University of Utah 6, Weber State 1
1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Jakub Gewert (WBST) 6-2, 6-1
2. Todd Fought (WBST) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 7-6 (10-8), 6-4
3. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Stefan Cooper (WBST) 6-4, 6-4
4. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. Jack Yin (WBST) 6-2, 6-3
5. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Edward Chen (WBST) 6-4, 6-0
6. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Sanjay Goswami (WBST) 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: (5,6,1,4,3,2)
1. Matt Cowley/Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Sanjay Goswami/Stefan Cooper (WBST) 6-4 2. Slim Hamza/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Todd Fought/Jakub Gewert (WBST) 5-4
3. Santiago Sierra/Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Jack Yin/Edward Chen (WBST) 6-2 Order of finish: (3,1)