LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The University of Utah men’s tennis team was able to outlast UNLV earlier this evening, with a final score of 4-3. The Utes came into this match ranked 35th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and with this win, they move to an overall record of 16-2.
“It was a gutsy win today. We survived our first outdoor match and a UNLV team that played very tough,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We started off very slow, but stayed calm and fought our way back. I’m very proud of the guys and our record. Now we have two weeks to prepare for BYU.”
The Utes were down early as they lost the doubles point to UNLV. Dan Little and Azat Hankuliyev were the only pair able to record a victory, defeating Richard Solberg and Jordan Saur on the No. 3 court with a score of 6-2.
In singles, the Utes were able to rally back, starting with a win at the No. 5 spot by Joe Woolley, as he defeated Richard Solberg with a score of 6-4, 6-4. Dan Little then put in a win of his own at the No. 2 position, topping UNLV’s Ruben Alberts with a score of 6-3, 6-2. A win from Santiago Sierra followed on Court 6, defeating Clayton Alenik 6-4, 6-1, to give the Utes the 3-2 advantage. Egbert Weverink was then able to seal the victory for the Utah men’s tennis team at the No. 3 spot, beating out Courtney Lock with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
The University of Utah men’s tennis team will be back in action on March 24, as it will face in-state rival, BYU. This will be a home match at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center, with play set to start at 2 p.m.
1. #89 Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) def. David Micevski (Utah) 6-1, 6-3
2. Dan Little (Utah) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-3, 6-2
3. Egbert Weverink (Utah) def. Courtney Lock (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Eric Samuelsson (UNLV) def. Slava Shainyan (Utah) 6-3, 6-4
5. Joe Woolley (Utah) def. Richard Solbert (UNLV) 6-3, 6-3
6. Santiago Sierra (Utah) def. Clayton Alenik (UNLV) 6-3, 6-1
1. Alexandr Cozbinov/Courtney Lock (UNLV) def. Randy Cory/Russel Benkaim (Utah) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,5,6,4,3)