NORFOLK, V.A. – The University of Utah men’s tennis team ended their road trip to Virginia today with a 4-2 win over Virginia Commonwealth University. With this with, the Utes move to an overall record of 15-2 on the season.
“Today came down to heart,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We didn’t play great, found ourselves in a hole, but fought very hard and came back for the win over a tough VCU team.”
The Utes were able to take the early advantage, as they were able to earn the double’s point over VCU. Dan Little and Azat Hankuliyev got things started on the No. 3 court, beating out Inigo Torre Martin and Timo Zgraggen with a score of 6-2. Joe Woolley and Egbert Weverinkthen finished things up at the No. 1 position, defeating Victor Lima and Philip Mobius with a final score of 6-2 to give the Utes an early lead heading into singles play.
In singles, VCU was able to take the first two matches, giving the Rams a 2-1 lead over the Utes. Santiago Sierra then evened the score up with a victory at the No. 6 spot, edging out Timo Zgraggen with a score of 7-6, 6-4. Dan Little then pitched in a win of his own at the No. 1 position, defeating VCU’s Victor Lima with a score of 5-6, 6-1, 6-1. Then to seal the victory for the Utah men’s tennis team, Joe Woolleyfinished off Inigo Torre Martin, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6, to give the Utes the 4-2 victory.
The University of Utah men’s tennis team will be back in action next week for another road trip, this time to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to take on the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The match against the Rebels is scheduled for Friday, March 9th, with the time for the match yet to be determined.