Utes Advance to Final Day in Boise


Junior Santiago Sierra in an archived picture from an interview earlier this year with Al Dia Utah

Boise, ID – On the second day of the Dar Walters Boise State Fall Classic Santiago Sierra advanced to the semifinals of the singles and doubles draws, while redshirt freshman Azat Hankuliyev advances in the consolation bracket.

“I didn’t play my best tennis today, but competed very hard,” said junior Santiago Sierra. “I’m fortunate to get the opportunity to continue to fight for the tournament title tomorrow.”

In his first match of the day the Sierra defeated Felipe Fonseca (Idaho) in straight sets and reached the semifinals after a competitive match with Jacob Sullivan (BYU). In the semifinals he will face Nathan Boniel (Portland State) at 8.30am on Sunday.

In doubles play, Sierra and partner Dan Little also reached the semifinals after two victories. In the round of 16 they defeated Coutinho/Santibanez (Idaho) 7-5, followed by a 7-5 victory over Cannellopulous/Schmidl (Montana). In the semis, which will be played Sunday at 1pm, they will face Flink/Sitar from Montana State.

Redshirt freshman Azat Hankuliyev also remains active in the tournament. After losing in the first round of the main draw, the Ute defeated Max Korkh (Portland State) in straight sets. He will now face Montana State’s Kellen Bates in the semis.

Day 2 Results

Main Draw Flight A Singles:
Rd 16:
Santiago Sierra def. Felipe Fonseca (Idaho) 6-4, 6-0
Sam Serrano (USU) def. Dan Little 6-4, 7-5

Quarter Final:
Santiago Sierra def. Jacob Sullivan 4-6, 5-6 ret.

Main Draw Doubles:
Rd 16:
Little/Sierra def.Coutinho/Santibanez (Idaho) 7-5

Quarter Final:
Little/Sierra def.Cannellopulous/Schmidl (Montana) 7-5

Consolation Draw Flight A Singles:
Rd 16:
Azat Hankuliyev def. Steffan Cooper (Weber St) W.O.

Quarter Final:
Azat Hankuliyev def. Max Korkh (Portland State) 6-3, 6-3

Consolation Doubles:
Hankuliyev/Heck def. Wischer/Moyer 6-2

Consolation Draw Flight B Singles:
Benjamin Heck def. Canellopolous (Montana), 6-4, 2-6, 10-6

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