MINNEAPOLIS – Utah Men’s tennis concluded the first day of action at the Gopher Invitational. Dan Little and David Micevski advanced to the quarterfinals of the main draw (Maroon) while Santiago Sierra and Chase Stoner also earned wins (Gold bracket).
Micevski and Little won their doubles match against Dartmouth, 7-5 and Micevski sealed progress with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Peter Conklin. Little earned the sweep by rallying to top Casey Ross, 3-6, 6-3, 10-6.
Over in the Gold draw, Sierra and Stoner advanced past a squad from Wisconsin. After gaining the doubles point, 7-5, both Utah players cruised to singles victories to sweep the team of Badgers.
Joe Woolley and Randy Cory were able to win their doubles point against a team from Dartmouth, 7-5, but then lost both singles matches in straight sets.
The Sierra/Stoner and Woolley/Cory combos both won their doubles matches in the second round with the singles matches to be completed tomorrow.
This tournament features a unique format: the Maroon draw is a 16-team compass bracket with pairs competing in a doubles match followed by two singles matches against their foes in a best-of-three format with each victory providing one “point” for the tournament. The team with the most points moves on to the next round.
The Gold draw features two flights of round robin play. After a round-robin format, the pairs will be split up based on results
Saturday will consist of two singles matches and one doubles match. Sunday will consist of one round of each.
Micevski/Little def. Conklin/Ross (Dartmouth), 7-5
Micevski def. Conklin, 6-2, 6-3
Little def. Ross, 3-6, 6-3, 10-6
Stevens/Gentry (Oregon) def. Shainyan/Weverink, 6-0
Stevens def. Shainyan, 6-3, 6-4
Gentry def. Weverink, 6-1, 6-2
Quarterfinals (Doubles only)
Allen/Alpeza (Minnesota) def. Micevski/Little, 6-3
Consolation Quarterfinals (Doubles only)
Lobak/Levin (Minnesota) def. Shainyan/Weverink, 6-1
Sierra/Stoner def. MacKenzie/Sweet (Wisconsin), 7-5
Sierra def. MacKenzie, 6-2, 6-2
Stoner def. Sweet, 6-2, 6-2
Woolley/Cory def. Speicher/Jaeger (Dartmouth), 7-5
Speicher de. Woolley, 7-5, 6-2
Jaeger def. Cory, 6-4, 6-4
Second Round (Doubles only)
Sierra/Stoner def. Akihiro/Smith (Oregon), 6-3
Woolley/Cory def. Nunez/Dobbs, 6-2