Boise, ID – The University of Utah men’s tennis team (8-1) started off slow against Boise State, losing the doubles point for only the second time this year, but recovered in singles play, defeating the Broncos in Idaho for the first time since 2009.
“I wasn’t pleased with our doubles performance today,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “But we came out with much better energy in singles and took care of business, especially considering we played without Parker McGuiness. Beating Boise State on the road is never easy, so I’m happy for the guys.”
After losing the doubles point, the Utes won all first sets. Freshman Slava Shainyan was the first Ute to earn a win, defeating Morgan Stone, 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Joe Woolley put the Utes up 2-1, with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Pedro Platzeck.
The Utes will now return to Salt Lake City to face three teams at home, when Nebraska, New Mexico and Montana come to visit. The Utes will have an opportunity to close out regional play undefeated.
Utah 4, Boise State 1
David Micevski (UU) def. Kyle Butters (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
Dan Little (UU) def. Brian Tran (BSU) 7-6(4), 6-1
Santiago Sierra (UU) vs. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-1, 6-7(2), DNF
Joe Woolley (UU) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-1, 6-3
Slava Shainyan (UU) def. Morgan Stone (BSU) 6-1, 6-0
Egbert Weverink (UU) vs. Greg Wischer (BSU) 7-5, 5-4 DNF
Order of finish: 5,4,1,2