Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team (16-5, 0-2) lost in a close contest to the 43rd ranked and 17-time NCAA Champion Stanford Cardinal (10-2, 2-0) on Sunday afternoon, 4-2. After falling just short against two highly ranked teams this weekend, Utah travels to No. 26 Oregon and No. 39 Washington next weekend to continue conference play.
“I am proud of the way we competed both days,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu, “We showed that we can play with some of the best teams in the country. I think we left some opportunities on the table to get one or two good wins.”
The Utes got off to a quick start in doubles play behind Matt Cowley and Dan Little‘s convincing win over Stanford’s Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz at the No. 1 spot, 6-3. After the Cardinal secured a win at No. 3 doubles, the teams were locked in a battle at No. 2 doubles. Freddie McGeehan and Egbert Weverink spurred a comeback from 5-3 down, but Yale Goldberg and Sameer Kumar squeaked past the Utes in a tiebreaker, 7-6(5).
Ahead 1-0, Stanford increased its lead after 6th ranked Tom Fawcett beat senior Matt Cowley 6-4, 6-2. At the No.3 position, Freshman Dan Little netted an impressive victory for Utah over No. 101 Sameer Kumar, 6-4, 6-3. The Cardinal’s Brandon Sutter extended Stanford’s lead to 3-1 after he got past sophomore Freddie McGeehan at the No. 6 spot, 6-3, 6-4.
Freshman David Micevski improved his singles record to 14-3 with a gutsy 6-3, 6-3 win versus 56th ranked David Wilczynski at the No. 2 position. At the No. 4 spot, Sophomore Egbert Weverink fought back valiantly from being down a break in the 3rd set, but came up just short against Stanford’sNolan Paige, 6-1, 5-7, 7-5. This clinched the overall match for Stanford, 4-2, and No. 5 singles was abandoned.
Next, Utah travels to face No. 39 Washington on Friday, April 1 at 6 p.m. and No. 26 Oregon on Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m.
No. 61 Utah 2, No. 43 Stanford 4
#1. Cowley/Little (UU) def. Fawcett/Romanowicv (STAN) 6-3
#2. Paige/Wilczynski (STAN) def. McGeehan/Weverink (UU) 7-6(5)
#3. Goldberg/Kumar (STAN) def. Jonhagen/Swiggart (UU) 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
#1. No. 6 Tom Fawcett (STAN) def. Matt Cowley (UU) 6-4, 6-2
#2. David Micevski (UU) def. No. 56 David Wilczynski (STAN) 6-3, 6-3
#3. Dan Little (UU) def. No. 101 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 6-3
#4. Nolan Paige (STAN) def. Egbert Weverink (UU) 6-1, 5-7, 7-5
#5. Jamey Swiggart (UU) vs. Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) 6-7(4), 6-4, 0-1 DNF
#6. Brandon Sutter (STAN) def. Freddie McGeehan (UU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1,3,6,2,4