Denver, Colorado – The 68th ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (14-3) split two matches against ranked opponents in Denver this weekend. The Utes were edged by the 48th ranked Denver Pioneers on Friday, 5-2; however, Utah bounced back on Saturday with a 5-2 victory against the 59th ranked Penn Quakers in a neutral site bout.
“I am very proud of the team today to bounce back and beat a very tough Penn squad,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu.
Versus the Denver Pioneers, Utah looked like it would grab the doubles point after taking the first match at the No. 1 position when Dan Little and Matt Cowley defeated David Fox and Alex Gasson, 7-5. However, Utes were narrowly edged in the other two matches, 7-6, and fell behind the Pioneers, 1-0.
The Pioneers went ahead 3-0 as they won at No. 1 and No. 2 in singles action. Cowley fell to Henry Craig, 6-2, 6-1 while David Micevski was beaten, 6-3, 6-1 by Diogo Rocha. Utah got on the board when Freddie McGeehan won at the No. 6 spot, 6-3, 6-4 over Jesse Ruder-Hook, but Egbert Weverink was knocked off at the No. 5 spot by Yannik James, 6-4, 6-3, to seal the match for Denver.
Utah fought hard in doubles play against the Penn Quakers, but ultimately fell in a similar fashion. After Egbert Weverink and Freddie McGeehan secured a 6-3 win at the No. 3 position, the Utes dropped both matches at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
Singles play told a different story for Utah. At the No. 5 spot, Parker McGuiness returned the momentum to the Utes’ favor by gliding past Nicholai Westergaard, 6-3, 6-1. With the score at one-all, Matt Cowley and Dan Little bolstered the Utes at No. 1 and No. 3 singles with 6-3, 6-2 wins. Egbert Weverink clinched the match for Utah with a thrilling comeback, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 5 position.
Utah has next week off and will host UNLV and Loyola Marymount on March 18/19.
No. 48 Denver 5, No. 68 Utah 2
1. Little/Cowley (UTAH) def. Fox/Gasson (DEN) 7-5
2. Craig/Rocha (DEN) def. Swiggart/McGuiness (UTAH) 7-6 (7-4)
3. James/Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Weverink/McGeehan (UTAH) 7-6 (8-6)
Order of finish: (1,2,3)
1. Henry Craig (DEN) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 6-2, 6-1
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. David Micevski (UTAH) 6-3, 6-1
3. Dan Little (UTAH) def. David Fox (DEN) 6-3, 1-6, retired
4. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
5. Yannik James (DEN) def. Egbert Weverink (UTAH) 6-4, 6-3
6. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) 6-3, 6-4
No. 68 Utah 5, No. 59 Penn 2
1. Westergaard/Kaplan (PENN) def. Little/Cowley (UTAH) 6-3
2. Nardella/Spratt (PENN) def. Swiggart/McGuiness (PENN) 6-4
3. Weverink/McGeehan (UTAH) def. Willenborg/Mautner (UTAH) 6-3
Order of finish: (3,1,2)
1.Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Kyle Mautner (PENN) 6-3, 6-2
2. Dan Little (UTAH) def. Vim De Alwis (PENN) 6-3, 6-2
3. Josh Pompan (PENN) def. David Micevski (UTAH) 6-2, 5-7, 10-5
4. Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Matt Nardelss (PENN) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Nicholai Westergaard (PENN) 6-3, 6-1
6. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. Blaine Willenborg (PENN) 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-4