Palm Springs, Calif.- After a washed out first day of the NCTC, the Utes of Utah were back in action Saturday.
“It was a long wait to get playing, but you don’t control the weather,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We played a lot of tennis today and look forward to play a lot more the next couple of days.”
Following a first-round bye, Utes’ sophomore standout David Micevski defeated USF’s Worvin Kumthonkittihul (USF) 6-1,6-3 securing his spot into the quarterfinals. The no. 2 seed will face Sidney (Pepperdine) in the quarterfinal round on Sunday at 9am.
Dan Little opened his 2017 campaign with a quick 6-1,6-4 victory over Boise State’s Greg Wischer. In his second match of the day, Little lost a heartbreaker to no. 4 seed Pedro Iamachkine from Pepperdine 6-1,2-6,6-4. The match was stopped and restarted three times due to court changes and rain delays.
Freshman Slava Shainyan lost a hard fought 6-7(4), 6-1,6-4 battle to Dane Esses from Pepperdine. Earlier in the day, Slava took out another Pepperdine Wave Guilherme Galvao 6-1,6-0.
Parker McGuiness, Egbert Weverink, Azat Hankuliyev and Joe Woolley will be competing in the consolation bracket after first round losses. Azat Hankuliyev was defeated by former Ute Johan Joenhagen 6-0,6-4.
Play resumes Sunday at 10 am PT. All matches will be played at the Sunrise Country Club.
Main Draw First Round:
Joenhagen (USF) def. Hankuliyev (Utah) 6-0, 6-4
Menichella (Pepperdine) def. Weverink (Utah) 6-0, 6-4
Shainyan (Utah) vs Galvao (Pepperdine) 6-1, 6-0
Shackleton (Boise State) def. Wooley (Utah) 6-7, 6-4, 6-2
Marker (USF) def. McGuiness (Utah) 7-6, 5-7, 7-6
Little (Utah) def. Wischer (Boise State) 6-1, 6-4
Main Draw Second Round:
Esses (Pepperdine) def. Shainyan (Utah) 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4
(4) Iamachkine (Pepperdine) def. Dan Little (Utah) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
(2) Micevski (Utah) def. Kumthonkittihul (USF) 6-2, 6-3
Wooley (Utah) def. Brockstedt (USF) 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-4
Weverink (Utah) def. (4) McGuiness (Utah) 3-2, RET.