LOS ANGELES - The University of Utah men's tennis program had a strong start to the Loyola Marymount Invitational today in L.A., coming away with four singles wins against Nevada and two doubles victories over Utah State.
The Utes got the day started with singles play against the Wolf Pack with Dan Little
, Randy Cory
, Russell Benkaim
and Azat Hankuliyev
all claiming singles wins.
Little defeated Daniel Dudockin 6-2, 6-1 in the first match of the day while Slava Shainyan
fell 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 to Jeremy Merville. Cory and Benkaim won back-to-back matches for the Utes, defeating Matvey Radionov (7-5, 6-4) and Delmas N'tcha (7-5, 4-6, 6-2), respectively.
Freshman Mathias Gavelin
fell in a tough battle to Jonathan Aremon (6-2, 7-6), but the Utes were able to close out singles play against Nevada with a win after Hankuliyev took down Benjamin Campi 6-1, 5-7, 6-0.
In doubles play against Utah State, the Utes dropped their first match with Cory and Benkaim falling 8-5 to Isaac Arturo Arevalo and Rithvik Bollipalli before winning two straight, starting with Little and Hankuliyev. The duo shut out the team of Duro Opacic and Felipe Acosta 8-0.
Rounding out Utah's first day of competition was a strong win from Shainyan and Gavelin, defeating Mitch Johnson and Daniel Bushamuka. Utah returns to action tomorrow when they take on Loyola Marymount in doubles play (1 p.m. MT) and Utah State in singles after.
Utah Singles Results vs. Nevada
(Utah) def. Daniel Dudockin (Nevada) 6-2, 6-1
Jeremy Merville (Nevada) def. Slava Shainyan
(Utah) 7-6, 4-6, 6-3
(Utah) def. Matvey Radionov (Nevada) 7-5, 6-4
(Utah) def. Delmas N'tcha (Nevada) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Jonathan Aremon (Nevada) def. Mathias Gavelin
(Utah) 6-2, 7-6
(Utah) def. Benjamin Campi (Nevada) 6-1, 5-7, 6-0
Utah Doubles Results vs. Utah State
Isaac Arturo Arevalo/Rithvik Bollipalli (Utah State) def. Russell Benkaim/Randy Cory (Utah) 8-5
Dan Little/Azat Hankuliyev (Utah) def. Duro Opacic/Felipe Acosta (Utah State) 8-0
Slava Shainyan/Mathias Gavelin (Utah) def. Mitch Johnson/Daniel Bushamuka (Utah State) 8-5