Boise, ID – On the final day of the 2016 Dar Walters Boise State Classic, the Utes saw all four Utes in action, but are headed back to Salt Lake City without a tournament title.
“There were some ups and downs this weekend,” said Associate Head Coach Daniel Pollock. “But overall I think we got what we came for; a lot of live competition and live reps ahead of the ITA Regional Championships in 10 days time.”
Utah’s lone survivor in the main draw of the top flight, Santiago Sierra, fell in the semifinals to Portland State’s Nathan Boniel, 6-4, 7-6(5). In the doubles main draw, Sierra and doubles partner Dan Little, reached the final after handily defeating Flink/Sitar (Montana State), 6-2, but couldn’t continue their momentum and were outplayed by 2nd seeded Serrano/Wehnelt (Utah State), 2-6.
Redshirt freshman Azat Hankuliyev defeated Kellen Bates in a close three-setter to advance to the finals of the Flight A Consolation Draw. In the finals, Air Force Academy’s Max Olson got the better of Hankuliyev, thereby claiming the consolation tournament title.
In consolation matches, sophomore Dan Little closed out the tournament on a positive note, defeating Kostya Nesterenko (Nevada-Reno), while freshman Benjamin Heck lost to Alex Turc (UNR) 6-1, 6-3.
The Utes will now prepare for the ITA Regional Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 19-23, 2016 at the Darling Tennis Center.
DAR WALTERS BOISE STATE FALL CLASSIC
DAY 3 RESULTS:
Flight A Main Draw Singles:
Nathan Boniel (PSU) def. Santiago Sierra 6-4, 7-6(5)
Main Draw Doubles:
Sierra/Little def. Sitar/Flink (MSU) 6-2
Wehnelt/Serrano def. Little/Sierra 6-2
Flight A Singles Consolation Draw:
Azat Hankuliyev def. Kellen Bates (MSU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7
Max Olson (AFA) def. Azat Hankuliyev 6-2, 6-2