Tennis Utes Outlast UNLV

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.

Singles competition 

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

Doubles competition

1. Alexandr Cozbinov/Courtney Lock (UNLV) def. Randy Cory/Russel Benkaim (Utah) 6-4

2. Clayton Alenik/Eric Samuelsson (UNLV) def. Joe Woolley/Egbert Weverink (Utah) 6-4

3. Dan Little/Azat Hankuliyev (Utah) def. Richard Solberg/Jordan Sauer (UNLV) 6-2

 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,5,6,4,3)

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Utes Finish Off Road Trip with a Win Over VCU

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.

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No. 24 Utes to Make Road Trip to Virginia

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah men’s tennis team will be back in action this weekend, as they will make a road trip to Norfolk, Virginia, to take on Old Dominion (7-5) and Virginia Commonwealth University (7-3).  The Utes will head into this weekend being ranked 24thoverall in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, boasting an overall record of 14-1.

The Utes are scheduled to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs this Friday, March 2nd, at 11 a.m. MST. That match will then be followed by a match on Saturday, March 3rd, against the VCU Rams at 10 a.m. MST, with both matches being held in the Thalhimer Tennis Center.

“It’s a great achievement to be ranked number 24 in the nation, but we haven’t reached our goals yet and still have lots of room for improvement,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We look forward to an incredibly tough and challenging weekend in Virginia against two very good teams. Two more opportunities to improve and get closer to reaching our overall goals.”

Utah Notes
The University of Utah men’s tennis team is coming off of a weekend consisting of two victories. Their first victory was against the University of New Mexico, where they finished off the Lobos with a final score of 4-2. They then faced off against UC Santa Barbara, coming away with a victory of 5-2. Against Santa Barbara, The Utes started the day off by taking the doubles point, giving them the early advantage. Dan Littleand Azat Hankuliyev were victorious at the No. 3 spot against UCSB’s Joseph Guillin and Victor Krustev, with a final score of 6-3. Joe Woolleyand Egbert Weverink then sealed the doubles point with a win on the No. 2 court over Simon Freund and Joseph Rotheram, with a score of 7-6. In singles, Dan Little got things rolling with a win at the No. 2 position, beating out Simon Freund with a score of 6-4, 6-2. David Micevski then followed with a win of his own at the No. 1 position, cruising by Nicolas Moreno De Alboran, 6-4, 6-1. Then to ensure the victory for the Utes, Joe Woolley earned a win at the No. 6 spot over Hironori Koyanagi, with a final score of 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Santiago Sierra recorded the final victory for the Utes at the No. 5 spot, defeating Victor Krustev with a score of 6-4, 6-4.

Opponent Notes
Over the weekend, the Old Dominion men’s tennis team was able to earn a 4-1 victory over the 14th ranked team in the country, Dartmouth College. After dropping the doubles point, the No. 46 Old Dominion men’s tennis team went on to win four singles matches, all in straight sets, to stun No. 14 Dartmouth at Boss Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

Virginia Commonwealth University is coming off a loss to Penn State, VCU battled with the Nittany Lions, but dropped crucial points and ultimately lost 5-0. Freshman duo Inigo Torre Martin and Timo Zgraggen got the Rams off on the right foot, beating Gabriel Nemeth and Matt Galush 6-2 at No. 3 doubles. After Penn State won No. 2 doubles, the point came down to the result on Court 1. Juniors Vitor Lima and Philip Mobius were tied 5-5 with Constant De La Bassetiere and Christian Lakoseljac, but couldn’t find a break point and lost in a tiebreak. The Nittany Lions swept No. 1 through 4 singles to clinch the match. Mobius and junior Arvid Noren forced third sets, but fell in the deciding set. Before VCU’s match against the Utes, the Rams will face off against the University of Saint Louis for an Atlantic 10 tennis match on Friday, March 2nd.

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Utah Defeats UCSB, Improves to 14-1

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of Utah men’s tennis team defeated UC Santa Barbara earlier today with a score of 5-2. With this win, the No. 40 Utes improve to an overall record of 14-1.

“Gutsy performance by our guys today,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Great win to get us to 14-1 and keep us on track to reach our goals.”

The Utes started the day off by taking the doubles point, giving them the early advantage. Dan Little and Azat Hankuliyev were victorious at the No. 3 spot against UCSB’s Joseph Guillin and Victor Krustev, with a final score of 6-3. Joe Woolley and Egbert Weverink then sealed the doubles point with a win on the No. 2 court over Simon Freund and Joseph Rotheram, with a score of 7-6.

In singles, Dan Little got things rolling with a win at the No. 2 position, beating out Simon Freund with a score of 6-4, 6-2. David Micevski then followed with a win of his own at the No. 1 position, cruising by Nicolas Moreno De Alboran, 6-4, 6-1. Then to ensure the victory for the Utes, Joe Woolley earned a win at the No. 6 spot over Hironori Koyanagi, with a final score of 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Santiago Sierra recorded the final victory for the Utes at the No. 5 spot, defeating Victor Krustev with a score of 6-4, 6-4.

The Utes will be back in action next week, as they will make a road trip to Norfolk, Virginia. They will face off against Old Dominion on Friday, March 2nd, at 11 a.m., followed by a match against Virginia Commonwealth University on Saturday, March 3rd, at 10 a.m., to wrap up competition for the weekend.

Utah 5, UCSB 2

Doubles (3,1,2)
Nicolas Moreno De Alboran/Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Randy Cory/David Micevski (UTAH), 6-2
Joe Woolley/Egbert Weverink (UTAH) def. Simon Freund/Joseph Rotheram (UCSB), 7-6
Dan Little/Azat Hankuliyev (UTAH) def. Joseph Guillin/Victor Krustev (UCSB), 6-3

Singles (4,2,1,3,6,5)
David Micevski (UTAH) def. Nicolas Moreno De Alboran (UCSB), 6-4, 6-1
Dan Little (UTAH) def. Simon Freund (UCSB), 6-4, 6-2
Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Egbert Weverink (UTAH), 6-3, 6-3
Joseph Guillin (UCSB) def. Randy Cory (UTAH), 6-2, 6-3
Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Victor Krustev (UCSB), 6-4, 6-4
Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. Hironori Koyanagi (UCSB), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

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Utah Men’s Tennis Tops New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of Utah men’s tennis team defeated the University of New Mexico earlier today with a final score of 4-2, improving to 13-1 overall on the season.

“What a great team performance today. To beat a good New Mexico in Albuquerque is such a great feat,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We fought like lions today and we will need another Herculean effort again tomorrow against UCSB.”

In doubles play, the team consisting of Joe Woolley and Egbert Weverink defeated Ricky Hernandez Tong and Dominic West at the No. 2 position, with a score of 6-4. Dan Little and Azat Hankuliyev then sealed the doubles point for the Utes with a win on the No. 3 court against Sean Baklini and Stepan Holis, 6-4.

Randy Cory started things off at the No. 5 position with a win in singles against New Mexico’s Tim Buttner with a final score of 7-6, 6-2. Dan Little then put in a victory of his own at the No. 1 spot against Bart Van Leijsen, with a score of 7-6, 6-4. Then to seal the victory for the University of Utah men’s tennis team, Egbert Weverink edged out Jorge Escutia on the No. 4 court, with a final score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The Utes will be back in action tomorrow against UC Santa Barbara in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the match set to start at 1 p.m. MST.

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Utes Announce Commitments of Gavelin and McCallie

Head Men’s Tennis Coach Roeland Brateanu today announced it’s 2018 recruiting class with commitments from 4-star recruit Paul McCallie and Swedish U21 National Champion Mathias Gavelin.

“We are extremely excited to announce the commitments of Mathias and Paul,” said Brateanu. “Both are very talented and hard working young men that fit great into our program and we can’t wait to start working with them.”

Mattias Gavelin

Mathias Gavelin

Mathias Gavelin from Stockholm, Sweden will join the Utes in the fall of 2018. He ranked as high as No. 3 in the Swedish junior rankings, but earned his biggest career tournament victory by winning the 2017 Swedish Junior Championships Under 21.

“I chose the University of Utah because of the coaches and my campus experience during my official recruiting visit,” said Gavelin. “I believe that the University of Utah can further develop my tennis game and help me to be a successful student-athlete.”

Gavelin’s best career win is over Christoffer Solberg (830 ATP) and is currently has a UTR  of 13.07.

UTAHACTION

4-Star Recruit Paul McCallie

Paul McCallie, a 4-star recruit out of Atlanta, GA will also join the Utes in the fall of 2018. In 2017 he was one of 31 players to be named to the USTA Junior Leadership Team and also was the recipient of the USTA Team Spirit Award at the USTA Spring Team Championships.

“I’m honored to be selected to play for the University of Utah, “said McCallie. “The decision to attend Utah was based on the fact that Utah has many strong academic programs, in addition to being in the Pac-12 Conference. I also feel strongly that Coach Brateanu and his staff will enable me to continue developing my tennis talent and provide an environment to improve my leadership abilities on and off the court.”

McCallie has a UTR of 11.39 and has ranked as high as No. 27 in the USTA National Rankings.

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Utes Wrap Up Gopher Invitational

MINNEAPOLIS – The Utah men’s tennis team completed play this afternoon at the Gopher Invitational at the University of Minnesota with Egbert Weverink and David Micevski finishing in fifth place.

Teaming together for the first time this weekend, Micevski and Weverink were able to rally and defeat Grayson Broadus and Richard Ciamarra of Notre Dame. After dropping the doubles point, 7-5, Weverink crushed Ciamarra in singles action, 6-1, 6-4 to even the match. It came down to Micevski, who dropped the first set, 3-6, but rebounded to win the second 6-2 and then capture an exhilarating tiebreak, 12-10 to secure the victory for the Utes.

Over in the Gold draw, Joe Woolley and Randy Cory continued their solid play, beating Stefan Lalovic and Pedro Platzeck of Boise State. After winning the doubles point, 6-4, Cory suffered a 6-3, 6-1 setback to Platzeck. However, Woolley was cruising in his singles match and earned the win, 6-4, 6-2, over Lalovic.

MAROON DRAW
Fifth Place
Broadus/Ciamarra (ND) def. Micevski/Weverink, 7-5
Weverink def. Ciamarra, 6-1, 6-4
Micevski def. Broadus, 3-6, 6-2, 12-10

15th Place
Shainyan/Weverink def. Butters/Heslin, w/o
Weverink def. Butters, w/o
Shainyan def. Heslin, 7-5, 6-0

GOLD DRAW
Fourth Round
Woolley/Cory def. Lalovic/Platzeck (BSU), 6-4
Platzeck def. Cory, 6-3, 6-1
Woolley def. Lalovic, 6-4, 6-2

Speicher/Jaeger (Dart.) def. Sierra/Stoner, 6-4
Sierra def. Speicher, 6-4, 7-5
Jaeger def. Stoner, 7-6, 6-3

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