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.
Play will resume tomorrow at Darling Tennis Center.
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.
Barajas/Weihnelt (USU) def. Weverink/Woolley 8-4.
QF Round Main Draw:
Sierra (Utah) def. Micevski (Utah) 6-4,3-6,6-3.
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.