Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team hosted it’s first ever dual match on the newly built outdoor courts at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center, which saw a dramatic win by the Utes over the UNLV Rebels, 4-3. With the win, the Utes improve to a school record 15-3.
“We made it very hard on ourselves today, but found a way to win,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “UNLV has a very talented team and we are fortunate to come out on top.”
Utah started the day off dominating in doubles, earning the doubles point quickly after wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. But the Rebels quickly tied the match with a dominating win at No. 1 singles, where Jakob Amilon defeated senior Matt Cowley, 6-2, 6-0.
Junior Parker McGuiness put the Utes back up, 2-1, with a straight set victory at No. 5 singles over Evaldo Neto, 6-4, 6-3. But once again, UNLV was able to even the score with a 7-6(3), 7-6(5) victory at No. 4 singles.
For a third time, the Utes grabbed the lead, when freshman Dan Little converted his 9th match point to win, 7-5, 7-6(13) at No. 3 singles. In turn, Richard Solberg kept UNLV alive by defeating Freddie McGeehan, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.
With the match tied at 3-3, freshman David Micevski erased a 6-1, 5-3 deficit, playing some of his best tennis to defeat Moldovan Davis Cupper Alexandr Cozbinov, 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 to clinch the match for the Utes.
Utah will play its last non-conference match of the year tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm at the Eccles Tennis Center against Loyola Marymount. Parking in the lot east of Guardsman Way and admissions are free.
Utah (15-3) def. UNLV (5-4): 4-3
#1. Cowley/Little (UU) def. Amilon/Alberts (UNLV) 6-2
#2. McGuiness/Swiggart (UU) vs. Neto/Gage-Brown (UNLV) 3-4 DNF
#3. McGeehan/Weverink (UU) def. Cozbinov/Croxford (UNLV) 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3
#1. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. Matt Cowley (UU) 6-2, 6-0
#2. David Micevski (UU) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
#3. Dan Little (UU) def. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) 7-5, 7-6(13)
#4. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) def. Egbert Weverink (UU) 7-6(3), 7-6(5)
#5. Parker McGuiness (UU) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV) 6-3, 6-4
#6. Richard Solberg (UNLV) def. Freddie McGeehan (UU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1,5,4,3,6,2