Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team will kick 2016 off in the ITA Regional Rankings. The Utes rank three singles players in the top 20 and three doubles teams in the top 10 of the regional rankings.
“It’s a great start,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “But it isn’t where you start, it’s about where you finish. We have a great group of talented guys and have a lot to prove this season.”
Freshman Dan Little debuts into the rankings at #3, after posting a 13-2 singles record and a finals appearance at the ITA Regional Championships in Albuquerque, NM last October.
After his best fall in his collegiate career, senior Matt Cowley checks in at No. 7 with a 12-5 record. The Utah native made it to the finals of the Bobcat Invitational and the semifinals of the ITA Regionals.
Junior Parker McGuiness, who started the fall season off being the highest ranked Ute in the regional rankings, dropped to the No. 12 position with a formidable 8-3 singles record. McGuiness, the team’s MVP from last season, won the Utah Invitational Red Group and competed in the qualifying draw at the All-American Championships. Sophomore Egbert Weverink fell just shy of making it into the top 20.
In doubles play, the Utes ranked 3 teams. The team of Freddie McGeehan and Santiago Sierra surprised many with a 7-1 fall record, a semifinals appearance at the ITA Regionals and winning their group at the Utah Invitational earned them a No. 3 ranking.
The doubles tandems of Egbert Weverink/Matt Cowley, No. 5, and Little/McGuiness, tied for 10th, follow closely behind.
The Utes will kick off the 2016 season Friday January 15 in Honolulu, Hawaii against the No. 51 ranked University of San Francisco.