Utes to Collide With BYU in Holy War

Jacob Lapkin 02 UUTNSM16.JPGProvo, UT- The University of Utah Men’s Tennis team (6-1) will travel to Provo to take on the BYU Cougars (5-3) on Thursday evening in the Deseret First Duel. Both the Utes and the Cougars are coming off a pair of wins this past weekend over Denver and NAU.

“Coming to Utah, all people talk about is beating BYU” said Junior Eggy Weverink. “It was a great experience to play them last year although we could not pick up a win. Last year motivated me, as well as the team to go out and bring this one home.”

The Utes lost a heartbreaker at Eccles Tennis Center last year to BYU 5-2. BYU returns 3 starters from last year including senior captain Keaton Cullimore, and Jacob Sullivan. 4 Utes from last years match will be starting Thursday night.

First serve will be at 5:30 pm MT.

UTAH (6-1)
The Utes are coming off a trio of victories this past weekend over Denver, NAU, and Montana State. On Saturday, David Micevski defeated Diego Rocha in straight sets at number 1 singles. This marked the first time a Ute defeated Rocha. Against Northern Arizona and Montana State, Azat Hankuliyev and Slava Shainyan went 2-0 on Sunday with key wins in doubles play, along with Egbert Weverink going 2-0 in doubles as well. In singles action against Montana State, Weverink, Little, Wooley, and Micevski all quickly finished singles play by winning in straight sets.

BYU (5-3)
Similar to Utah, the Cougars defeated Denver (4-3), NAU (5-2), and Montana State (6-1). The Cougars are coming into the Holy War on a 3 match win streak. Doubles tandem John Pearce and Jacob Sullivan were named WCC Doubles Team of the Week this past week. The Cougars return 3 starters from last year, Keaton Cullimore, Jacob Sullivan, and John Pearce. The Cougars also picked up 2 Utah locals Sam Tullis, and Matthew Pearce both coming off LDS missions.




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