PROVO, Utah –
The Utah men's tennis team started their 2019 season earlier today against Brigham Young University in the Deseret First Duel, falling to the Cougars with a score of 4-0. Utah had previously won four out of the last five matches between the two teams.
"We knew in advance it was going to be very hard to beat a good BYU team without our team captain in the lineup, but I'm very proud how hard we fought," said head coach Roeland Brateanu
. "We gave ourselves opportunities in matches, but unfortunately failed to close."
In doubles, the duo of Joe Woolley
and Slava Shainyan
were unable to come away with a victory, falling to BYU's Mateo Vereau and Matthew Pearce at the No. 3 spot with a score of 6-3. Randy Cory
and Russell Benkaim
were then able to even the score on the No. 1 court, coming out on top against Sean Hill and Jeffrey, with a final score of 6-3. Then, in a competitive match at the No 2 position, Azat Hankuliyev
and Dan Little
fell short against Sam Tullis and Ben Gajardo, 7-5, as BYU earned the doubles point.
In singles, Shainyan was unable to come away with a victory at the No. 2 position against Jeffrey Hsu, falling 6-3, 6-3. On the No. 3 court, Cory was then defeated by Mateo Vereau in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6. Sean Hill then topped Utah's Dan Little
at the No. 1 spot in three sets, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1, to give the Cougars the victory.
The University of Utah men's tennis team will be back in action on January 19th
, as they will play their first matches of the season at the Eccles Tennis Center in Salt Lake City. The Utes will first face off against Weber State at 9:00am, followed by a match against Montana State at 12:00pm.
Utah Results, Lost 4-0 (Order of Finish: Doubles - 3,1,2 | Singles - 2,3,1)
1. Sean Hill (BYU) def. Dan Little
(Utah), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
2. Jeffrey Hsu (BYU) def. Slava Shainyan
(Utah), 6-3, 6-3
3. Mateo Vereau (BYU) def. Randy Cory
(Utah), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Russell Benkaim
(Utah) vs. Sam Tullis (BYU), 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 5-4, Unf.
5. Ben Gajardo (BYU) vs. Mathias Gavelin
(Utah), 6-3, 1-0, Unf.
6. Joe Woolley
(Utah) vs. Matthew Pearce (BYU), 2-1, Unf.
1. Randy Cory
(Utah) def. Sean Hill/Jeffrey Hsu (BYU), 6-3
2. Sam Tullis/Ben Gajardo (BYU) def. Azat Hankuliyev
3. Mateo Vereau/Matthew Pearce (BYU) def. Joe Woolley