Utes Head to NCAAs For First Time Since 1997

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men’s tennis team is headed back to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1997.

The Utes will travel to Norman, Oklahoma and play the No. 14-seeded Sooners in the first round on Friday, May 11. The match is set for 1 pm. CT and will follow the contest between No. 18 Georgia and Minnesota

“I am a little shaken up,” senior Santiago Sierra said. “I am just experiencing all these emotions after finding out we qualified about five minutes ago. I am proud of the hard work we have put in the last four years and everyone who has been a part of this program.”

“I am overjoyed at this point,” senior Egbert Weverink said. “We started off really well and then suffered some tough losses. When I came here, I wanted to make an impact and leave it at a different place from where we started. I think it is a testament to the hard work we have all put in.”

“I am incredibly happy for our seniors who have put in so much work during their time here,” head coach Roeland Brateanu said. “I am proud of our staff, our Ute family and congratulations to the team.

We made it back for the first time in 21 years. When I played, we never made it. I think many of my teammates will be shocked that we earned an at-large bid. To come from playing in a public park and needing to win a conference tournament to having our own amazing facility and playing against the best teams in the nation, I am going to let this settle in for the next couple of days.”

Utah went 17-2 in non-conference play and ranked as high as No. 24 in the nation after winning its first two Pac-12 matches for the first time since joining the conference in 2012

Dan Little is Utah’s highest-ranked singles player and has a record of 17-6 this season. Senior Santiago Sierra has also amassed a solid singles record of 18-4.

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