Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team (16-3) earned a 6-1 victory over the Loyola Marymount Lions (5-6) on Saturday. This marks the best pre-conference record and win percentage in school history. The Utes will begin conference play next weekend.
“I’m very proud of the guys and their efforts today in closing out our non-conference part of the season strong,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu, “We played some solid tennis today and beat a good LMU team.”
Utah began its last non-conference match of the year in a battle for the doubles point. After securing a match at the No. 3 spot, Cowley/Little clinched the doubles point for the Utes with a 7-6(3) victory.
Senior Matt Cowley stayed hot in singles play, cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 spot to put the Utes ahead 2-0. Loyola Marymount’s Errol Smith won the Lion’s only point on the day by defeating freshman Dan Little 6-4, 6-4. Junior Parker McGuiness extended Utah’s lead following a win at the No. 5 position.
With the match at a score of 3-1, sophomore Egbert Weverink fought back from one set down to secure the match for Utah, winning 6-7 (6), 7-6 (6), 6-1 against Joat Farah. The Utes made the final score 6-1 after David Micevski and Freddie McGeehan closed out matches at the No. 2 and No. 6 spots respectively.
After a record-breaking start to the season, Utah opens Pac-12 play at home next weekend. The Utes will host No. 14 California on Friday, March 25 at 3:00 pm and No. 42 Stanford on Sunday, March 27 at 12:00 pm.
Utah (16-3) def. LMU (5-6) 6-1
#1. Cowley/Little (UU) def. Farah/Smith (LMU) 7-6 (3)
#2. McGuiness/Swiggart (UU) vs. Rivera/Boyce (LMU) 6-6 DNF
#3. McGeehan/Weverink (UU) def. Bohuslav/Moetner 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,1
#1. Matt Cowley (UU) def. Charles Boyce (LMU) 6-2, 6-2
#2. David Micevski (UU) def. Cristobal Rivera (LMU) 7-6 (8), 6-4
#3. Errol Smith (LMU) def. Dan Little (UU) 6-4, 6-4
#4. Egbert Weverink (UU) def. Joat Farah (LMU) 6-7 (6), 7-6 (6), 6-1
#5. Parker McGuiness (UU) def. Luke Bohuslav (LMU) 6-1, 6-3
#6. Freddie McGeehan (UU) def. Jamie Thorp (LMU) 7-6 (4), 7-5
Order of Finish: 1,3,5,4,2,6