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

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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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Utes Announce All-Star Camp Staff

Salt Lake City, UT – After yet another record breaking season for the University of Utah Tennis Camps, head men’s tennis coach Roeland Brateanu today announced some major changes to the camp program.

Associate head coach Dan Pollock has stepped down from his position as camp director, but will continue his duties on the men’s tennis team, as well as private lessons at the Eccles Tennis Center.

“I’d like to thank Coach Pollock for all his hard work these past few years with our camps,” Coach Roeland Brateanu. “Dan has laid a great foundation and has done a great job connecting with our tennis community, but has chosen to focus on his duties with the men’s team, where we need him the most!”

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4-time Utah State Champion and former Ute Dee-Dee Nelson has always had a passion for kids and tennis.

Effective immediately, Coach Pollock is being replaced by new camp director Dee-Dee Nelson. A former member of the University of Utah women’s tennis team, Coach Dee-Dee was recently employed by the Salt Lake Swim and Health Club as a Junior High Performance Tennis Director and has been a high performance coach for 3 years. She is a national USTA High Performance Coach and has led Team Intermountain in the USTA Zonals Championships for two consecutive years and named the 2017 Zonals Coach of the Year.

She is an expert in early development coaching and has been an integral part of the United States Tennis Association EDC (Early Development Camp) and RTC (Regional Training Camp) programs.

As a player, Nelson was a 4-time Utah State singles champion at No. 1 singles. She was a Arthur Ashe Scholar Winner, the recipient of the Coca Cola Scholarship and a Presidential Scholar. After two years playing for the Utah State Aggies, Nelson joined the Utes in 2007 and played her junior and senior year for head Coach Mat Iandolo. She captained the Aggie and the Ute teams for one year each.

“I am tremendously proud to have Dee-Dee head up our camps,” said head men’s tennis coach Roeland Brateanu. “She has done an outstanding job wherever she has been and has made the difference in the tennis lives of many in our tennis community already. Her energy and tireless work ethic are very conducive in our camp environment and I know our kids will absolutely love her. Above and beyond, she knows what it means to be a Ute!”

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Jason Weir-Smith was named an All-American in 1996 & 1997 and reached as high as No. 81 on the ATP World Tour

Former ATP top 100 doubles player in the world Jason Weir-Smith will join the Ute Camp Program as the new Director of High Performance and will head up the Grand Slam Ute program. Weir-Smith has been a local pro for 2 years at the Eagleridge Tennis and Swim Club, but prior to that has had an extensive and successful career as a tennis player.

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Weir-Smith played for Hall of Fame Coach Tut Bartzen at TCU, reaching the Final Four in 1997 and was named an All-American in 1996 and 1997. After his career at TCU, he reached as high as No. 81 on the ATP Doubles Tour, winning 5 Challenger events and reaching the semifinals in 3 ATP Tournaments. He qualified for the main draw in every Grand Slam and won rounds at the 2001 US Open and 2001 French Open.

“I think Jason’s resume speaks volumes,” said Brateanu. “He breathes tennis and has been successful at every single level of the game. I couldn’t think of a better person to head up our high performance program than him. He has an energy and competitiveness about him that many of the juniors in our state can learn from.”

Cowley Press Conference

After serving one year as an assistant coach at BYU, former Ute No. 1 singles and doubles player Matt Cowley returns to his roots.

After serving one year as the assistant men’s tennis coach at BYU, Matt Cowley has decided to move back to Pac-12 country and serve in the Utes camp program as an instructor.

“I don’t think our kids will quite realize how lucky they are to have yet another coach with collegiate coaching experience join our program,” continued Brateanu. “Matt is a young, stand up guy that comes from a very rich tennis background and has found a passion for the game of tennis that needs to be shared.”

Throughout his collegiate tennis career at the University of Utah, Cowley worked his way up to No. 1 singles and doubles with a 23-16 singles record and ranked as high as No. 75 in the nation with doubles partner Dan Little. In 2016 he was named the ITA Mountain Region Most Improved Player and is Utah’s first, and so far only student-athlete to receive Pac-12 All-Academic honors three consecutive years. He was an ITA Scholar Athlete twice and a Pac-12 All-Conference Team Honorable Mentioned in 2016.

Besides the new full time staff, Utah Tennis Camps will also continue to be coached by members of the University of Utah men’s and women’s tennis programs.

“I’m incredibly proud of our growing camp program,” concludes Brateanu. “We have the best tennis staff in state, access to the best facility in the state and our campers get access to the best men’s and women’s tennis programs and coaches in the state. I think we are doing a great job of promoting the sport of tennis in our community and introducing them to a sport anyone can play for a lifetime.”

Utah’s fall camp program will kick off September 5 through December 14, 2017 and will run Mondays through Thursdays from 4-8pm in five different programs, starting at only $15 per hour. Registration for the fall program starts August 15. By NCAA rules, all Utah camps are available to all and any entrants, but availability is limited.

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