Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team finished the final day of the 2016 Utah Invitational Tournament strong winning all but two of their matches and winning three of four tournament titles in singles.
“The goal of this tournament was to play a lot of matches so that we can get a better sense of what we need to improve on,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “It was great to see everyone back in action after a long summer.”
After an injury struck season last year, Parker McGuiness seemed to be back at full speed. The lone senior captured the tournament title in Flight A after going undefeated in singles play without dropping a single set. McGuiness also won the Flight C doubles title partnering Santiago Sierra.
Junior Santiago Sierra on his turn won the Flight C tournament title after going undefeated as well. Junior Egbert Weverink also went undefeated in the same draw, but Sierra won the tournament by virtue of sets.
Freshman Benjamin Heck tied for first place with tournament winner Schoenherr from the University of Montana. Schoenherr defeated Heck on the first day of the tournament taking the head-to-head.
The tournament crown in Flight B has yet to be determined. Freshman Slava Shainyan will have to face sophomore Joe Woolley to break a three-way tie for first place with Utah State’s Sam Serrano. Serrano currently sits at 4-1, while both Shainyan and Woolley have a 3-1 record.
In doubles play Utah’s Shainyan and Little won Flight A, while Weber State won flights B and D.
The Utes are back in action at the ITF Futures in Fountain Valley, California this upcoming week.
Day 3 Results:
Dan Little/Slava Shainyan (Utah) def. Fleming/Tejerina (Montana) 6-1.
Parker McGuiness/Santiago Sierra (Utah) def. Serrano/Bass (USU) 6-1.
Parker McGuiness (Utah) def. Cooper (Weber) 6-3,6-4
VanWyk (Weber) def. Dan Little (Utah) 4-6,6-4,6-4
Joe Woolley (Utah) def. Chen (Weber) 7-6,6-3
Santiago Sierra (Utah) def. Walkusz (Weber) 6-4,6-0.
Benjamin Heck(Utah) def. Hintze (Weber) 6-0,2-6,7-5.
Slava Shainyan(Utah) def. Schimdl (Montana) 6-3,6-1
Cooper(Weber) def. Dan Little(Utah) 6-3,6-4
Parker McGuiness (Utah) def. VanWyk (Weber) 7-6,6-1
Slava Shainyan(Utah) def. Chen(Weber) 6-3,6-2.
Eggy Weverink(Utah) def. Walkusz(Weber) 5-7,6-1,6-4.
Azat Hankuliyev(Utah) def. Hintze(Weber) 6,1,6-1.