Sierra Through to Semifinals at ITA Regionals

Utah men's tennis Santiago Sierra  LAS VEGAS, NV– Santiago Sierra continued his outstanding play and advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Regional at the at the expense of fellow Ute David Micevski.

In a spirited matchup between the two teammates, it was Sierra coming out on top, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 against the No. 2-seeded Micevski. The junior from Mexico will now battle No. 3 seed, Jacob Amilon of UNLV tomorrow morning.

Over on the consolation side of the bracket, two Utes each won a pair of matches to continue playing. Dan Little beat Jonas Maier of Utah State, 7-6, 6-4 then defeated Jonathan Aremon of Nevada, 6-2, 6-1. He will continue playing along with Slava Shainyan who knocked off Wyatt Lovera of Denver, 6-4, 6-2 then topped Samuel Serrano of USU, 6-1, 6-1.

Also in consolation play, Benjamin Heck lost to Julien Evrard of Nevada, 6-4, 6-3, Azat Hankuliyev fell to Ryland McDermptt of Boise State in a tight three setter, 4-6, 7-6, 10-5, and Egbert Weverink retired due to an injury.

With three doubles teams in the Round of 16, it was a disappointing finish as none of them advanced to the quarterfinals. Little and Shainyan were beaten by the No. 9 seeds, Mauri Benetiz and Stjin Dehaan of New Mexico State, 8-5. The No. 4 seeds, Ruben Alberts and Jacob Amilon of UNLV, knocked off Parker McGuiness and Micevski, 8-6, and Hankuliyev and Sierra fell to the No. 6 seeds, Pedro Fernandez Del Valle and Jesse Ruder Hook of Denver, 8-4.

In consolation action, Weverink and Woolley lost to Jaime Barajas and Kai Wehnelt of Utah State, 8-4.

Play will resume tomorrow at Darling Tennis Center.


Doubles Results:
Round of 16: 

Amilon/Albers (UNLV) def. McGuiness/Micevski (Utah) 8-6.
Dehaan/Benitez (NMSU) def. Shainyan/Little (Utah) 8-5.
Del Vaille/Ruder-Hook (DU) def. Sierra/Hankuliyev (Utah) 8-4.

Consolation Draw: 

Barajas/Weihnelt (USU) def. Weverink/Woolley 8-4.
Singles Results: 

QF Round Main Draw:

Sierra (Utah) def. Micevski (Utah) 6-4,3-6,6-3.

Consolation Draw:
3rd Round Qualifier:

Shainyan (Utah) def. Lovera (DU) 6-4,6-2.
Bates (MSU) def. Weverink (Utah) 6-4,2-2 ret.
McDermott (BSU) def. Hankuliyev (Utah) 4-6,7-6(4),10-5.
Evrard (UNR) def. Heck (Utah) 6-4,6-3.
Little (Utah) def. Maier (USU) 7-6(6), 6-4.

Consolation 3rd Round: 

Shainyan(Utah) def. Serrano (USU) 6-1,6-1.
Little(Utah) def. Aremo (UNR) 6-2,6-1.


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