Utah Invitational Day 1 Recap

BC7F9368.JPGSALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Men’s Tennis team closed the first day of the Utah Intercollegiate with six wins in singles play and a pair of doubles victories. Egbert Weverink and Slava Shainyan were both 3-0 on the day to pace the Utes.

The competition started with doubles play as Weverink and Joe Woolley rolled to a 6-2 win over Stefan Cooper and Kris Van Wyk of Weber State, 6-2. Shainyan and newcomer Randy Cory had a more difficult time, but still triumphed over Hou-En Chen and Cesary Walkusz, 7-6

Singles play began with Shainyan beating Kostya Nesterenko of Nevada, 7-5, 6-2 and Weverink defeating Jeremy Merville, 7-5, 6-3. Woolley was able to win in three sets over Peter O’Donovan, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 and Chase Stoner rallied for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dylan Levitt.

Later in the day, Weverink was victorious again beating O’Donovan, 6-2, 6-4. Shainyan also stayed unbeaten with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Robert Margitfalvi.

Day two of competition at Eccles Tennis Center begins with doubles play at 9 a.m.

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Dan Little Upsets Nation No. 16

TULSA, Okla. –  Dan Little picked up a very impressive win this afternoon in the first round of the main draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships.

Little, who is ranked No. 80 in the nation, defeated Spencer Papa of Oklahoma, ranked No. 16 in the nation, in a thrilling match, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

“I am very proud of Dan’s efforts today” head coach Roeland Brateanu said. “He competed very hard and came up with the biggest win of his collegiate career against a very good and experienced player. I am very happy for him.”

Little advances to tomorrow’s second round and will face Lucas Poullion of Florida State in the round of 32.

 

GO UTES!!

 

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Utes to Host Annual Utah Invitational

Utah Men's Tennis Egbert Weverink

Salt Lake City, UT- The University of Utah Men’s Tennis team will open up the 2017/2018 campaign Friday when it hosts the 2017 University of Utah Invitational Tournament.

The Utes will compete against Utah State, Weber State, and Nevada at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center. First serve will be daily at 9am MT. All matches will be best of 3 sets no-ad sets, with a tiebreaker at 6 all. Each group will compete in a round robin, and a potential tiebreaker will be determined by total sets won vs. sets lost.

Last year, the Utes won 3 out of 4 singles draws, as well as a doubles draw.

The Utah Invitational will be the first look at the new and improved Utes squad. Returning 8 players from 2017, the Utes are looking to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time in 20 years.

As always, admission will be free and fans are encouraged to park on the east side of Guardsman Way.

GO UTES!!

 

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Utes Fall on First Day of ITA’s

TULSA, Okla. – Utah suffered a pair of losses on the first day of the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships.

In singles action, David Micevski lost to Clement Marzol of South Alabama, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6. The Ute junior will move into the consolation bracket and be paired against Mississippi State’s Strahinja Rakic, the No. 8 seed in the event.

Micevski then teamed up with Dan Little in doubles action but the Ute duo was defeated by Connor Curry and Artem Kapshuk off Texas Tech, 3-6, 4-6.

With Micevski now in the consolation bracket, Little will wait for the main draw to begin on Thursday before he plays again. The London native is currently rated as the No. 80 singles player in the nation.

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Utes Kick-Off Season at All-American Championships

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Junior David Micevski will kick off the Utes’ 2017/2018 season tomorrow at the ITA All-American Championships

TULSA, Okla. – A pair of Utah men’s tennis players, Dan Little and David Micevski, have been selected to participate in the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Junior Dan Little, ranked 80th in the nation, automatically qualified for the main draw and will start singles competition on Thursday. Junior David Micevski will play South Alabama’s Clement Marzol at 10am on Monday in the first round of the qualifying draw.

Monday will see one round of singles competition and two rounds of qualifying doubles. Little and Micevski are slated to play at 2.30pm against Texas Tech’s Connor Curry and Artem Kapshuk. The winner of that match is scheduled for the 2nd round at 5pm.

Little and Micevski both earned All Pac-12 honors in 2017 and Little was also recognized as a Player to Watch by the ITA. He is ranked as the No. 80 singles player in the nation heading into the 2017-18 season.

For a full list of competitors, visit ITA’s main website.

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Matt Cowley Returns to the U

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Matt Cowley has been named the Director of Tennis Operations at the University of Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis program announced that Matt Cowley will become their new Director of Tennis Operations effective immediately. Cowley becomes the first Director of Tennis Operations in the history of the program. In his new role Cowley will assist the men’s and women’s tennis teams and will help manage the George S. Eccles Tennis Center under supervision of head men’s tennis coach Roeland Brateanu.

“Part of our tremendous growth here at the University of Utah is the addition of a Director of Tennis Operations and Matt Cowley is the perfect fit for that job,” said Coach Brateanu. “He knows the ins and outs of the tennis community and our tennis program and his coaching experience at BYU have prepared him in a tremendous way to help propel Utah tennis to the next level.”

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Assistant Coach Matt Cowley congratulating Coach Brateanu on Utah’s victory in the 2017 Holy War in Provo, UT.

Cowley recently resigned from his position as the assistant men’s tennis coach at BYU, a position he held for one season in which the Cougars finished a program best 3rd in the West Coast Conference.

Prior to his coaching stint in Provo, Cowley played No. 1 singles and doubles at the University of Utah and graduated from the U in 2016 with a bachelors degree in Psychology. During his tenure at Utah, Cowley was the first Ute in program history to receive Pac-12 All Academic status three consecutive years.

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Cowley in action during his senior year in 2016

In 2016, during his senior year, Cowley was named the ITA Mountain Region Most Improved Player, while he was also All Pac-12 Honorable Mentioned for his performances on the court. For his achievements in the classroom he named to the All Pac-12 Academic First Team and honored by the ITA as a Scholar Athlete.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cowley comes from a rich Utah tennis history as both his uncle and his grandfather played for the U. Prior to becoming a Ute, Cowley won a state championship at No. 1 singles competing for Woods Cross.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to return to my alma mater,” said a humbled Cowley. “I would like to thank the search committee for giving me this opportunity and look forward to helping Coach Iandolo and Coach Brateanu raise Utah tennis to new heights.”

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Fall Camp Registration Kicks Off Today

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Camp Director Dee-Dee Nelson

After announcing a stellar coaching staff last week, head men’s tennis coach Roeland Brateanu, today announced the beginning of fall camp registration.

“My staff has been doing a fantastic job working on improving our junior development camp format,” said Coach Brateanu. “It’s a very exciting program that will not only promote the great sport of tennis in our community, but help raise the level of tennis in a fun and educational environment.”

Other than in previous years the Utes will run one continuous camp throughout the entire fall semester, Mondays through Thursdays and players can choose to come once, twice, three or four times per week.

“We have a program for every age,” said brand new Camp Director Dee-Dee Nelson. “From 3 year old kids who have never picked up a racquet to 18 year old competitive players. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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“To have collegiate and high performance coaches working with every age group to built tennis from the ground up should be very exciting for the tennis community,” concluded Nelson.

The Utes’ fall camp will run September 5 through December 14, 2017 Mondays through Thursdays at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center. For more information on the format, pricing and everything else, please click here.

Returning customers who already have an account with the Eccles Tennis Center can login and register through their account. New customers first need to create profile with the tennis center here.

By NCAA rules and regulations all Ute camps are open to any and all entrants.

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