Utes Start Slow, Roll Late

2015/2016 Utah Men's Tennis

2015/2016 Utah Men’s Tennis

Costa Mesa, CA/Bozeman, MT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team started the first day of competition off slow in southern California, but finished strong in singles play in Montana.

After the first day of competition in the ITF Futures Event in Costa Mesa, California, only sophomore Freddie McGeehan (GBR) is left standing after defeating Kaptan Kaster (USA), 6-0, 6-4. McGeehan will play Alexander Cozbinov (MDA) on Saturday.

Junior Parker McGuiness (USA) and ¬†freshman Dan Little (GBR) failed to continue into the second round and can start preparing for next week’s Utah Invitational Tournament at the Eccles Tennis Center.

“It was a disappointing first day of competition for us in southern California today,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We have to shake off some rust and find a way to get the engines started.”

The other six Utes competed in the Bobcat invitational in Bozeman, Montana and they too started the day off slowly. Sophomores Santiago Sierra and Louis-Philippe Gascon were the only doubles tandem to advance to the semifinals, while No 1 seeded Matt Cowley and Egbert Weverink, ranked No. 59 in the nation, and Jamey Swiggart and Johan Jonhagen were upset in the quarterfinals. Sierra and Gascon will face Montana State’s Flink and James in semifinal action Saturday at 10am.

But the Utes rebounded and finished the day undefeated in singles play. In the top flight, No. 2 seed Matt Cowley beat Casevall (Montana) 6-0, 6-4, while Johan Jonhagen handily beat Scheepbouwer (Idaho State) 6-1, 6-3.

In Flight B, 2nd seeded Santiago Sierra beat Montana State’s Harvala in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, and Louis-Philippe Gascon defeated Mengert (Idaho State), 6-1, 6-1.

“It was nice to see the guys bounce back and play tough in singles after a rocky start in doubles,” said assistant coach Daniel Pollock. “We look forward to getting more match play tomorrow.”

Costa Mesa Future Results:
1st Round:

Freddie McGeehan (GBR) def. Kaptan Kaster (USA) 6-0, 6-4
Isaiah Strode (USA) def. Parker McGuiness (USA) 6-3, 6-3
Boris Bakalov (8) (BUL) def. Dan Little (GBR) 6-4, 6-2

Bobcat Invitational:
1st Round Doubles:
#59 Weverink/Cowley (1) (UU) vs bye
Gascon/Sierra (UU) def. Witteveen/Fisher (UM) 6-2
Jonhagen/Swiggart (UU) def. Edgecomb/Harvala (MSU) 6-2

Quarterfinals Doubles:
Flink/James (MSU) def. #59 Weverink/Cowley (1) (UU) 7-5
Gascon/Sierra (UU) def. Edin/Edin (ISU) 6-2
Mimnaugh-Flemming/Soltyka (2) (UM) def. Jonhagen/Swiggart (UU) 6-4

1st Round Singles

Egbert Weverink (1) (UU) vs bye
Matt Cowley (2) (UU) def. Casevall (UM) 6-0, 6-4
Johan Jonhagen (UU) def. Scheepbouwer (ISU) 6-1, 6-3

1st Round Singles
Jamey Swiggart (1) (UU) vs bye
Santiago Sierra (2) (UU) def. Harvala (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
Gascon (UU) def. Mengert (ISU) 6-1, 6-1

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