Salt Lake City, UT- After competing at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, California last week, the Utes (0-0) return to Salt Lake City, Utah for its home opener on Saturday January 21. The Utes will match up against the Idaho State Bengals (0-1) at 11 a.m. and the Weber State Wildcats (0-1) at 4 p.m.
“We look forward to starting our dual season against these two regional opponents,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Both Idaho State and Weber State had strong showings last week and will come to Salt Lake looking for their first wins. I think it will be a fun day of tennis.”
The Utes will be hosting a USTA Campus Kids Day. Between the two matches, the Utes players and staff will host a meet and great and a free clinic with prizes for children of all ages. After the Weber State match, children will be invited to join the post match press conference.
The first 30 people to arrive for the Weber State match will also be receiving a free Utah Match Point Club T-shirt.
Order of Events:
11.00am Utah vs Idaho State
2-3pm* Kids Clinic + Prizes
3-4pm Kids Pizza
4.00pm Utah vs Weber State (Free pizza between doubles and singles)
6.30pm* Kids Press Conference
* Depends on match finish time
Idaho State Bengals
The Bengals opened their season last week with a 6-1 loss at BYU (2-0). Last year, the Bengals went 8-13 including a 6-1 loss to the Utes in Salt Lake City. The Bengals will be returning all starters from last year, including Sebastian Edin. Edin finished 8-12 in singles play during his first year at ISU, primarily at the no. 1 singles spot.
Weber State Wildcats
The Wildcats also opened up their season last weekend in Provo, losing 6-1 to BYU. Last year, the Wildcats posted a 12-9 record en route to a Big Sky Conference Championship, and a first round loss in the NCAA Tournament to no. 3 UCLA. The Wildcats return 4 players from last year, while adding 3 freshmen.
Both matches will be played at the Eccles Tennis Center. As always, admission is free and fans can park in the in the East Lot off of Guardsman Way free of charge.