Freshman Wes Hancock came through for the Utes at No. 4 singles to win the match against UNLV.
April 28, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of Utah men's tennis team pulled off a win against fifth-seeded UNLV Friday in San Diego, Calif. during the first round of the MWC Tournament. After getting rained out on Thursday night during doubles play, UNLV led 1-0 with the doubles point. Returning to competition on Friday, the Utes came back to win the match 4-3.
The meeting between the Utes and Rebels was originally scheduled for Thursday at 3:00 p.m., but due to rain in San Diego, competition started at 8:10 p.m. Pacific Time. Competition during doubles play was interrupted an hour later and was postponed to Friday due to the continuing bad weather. The two doubles matches that were completed were won by UNLV, leaving the Utes to sleep on a 0-1 disadvantage.
Returning for singles play on Friday, the Utes fell at the No. 2 spot to Elliot Wronski, and at the No. 5 spot to Jonathan Hooper. With the 0-3 deficit, the Utes had to step it up... and they did. Sophomore Zach Ganger won his match against UNLV's top player Joel Kielbowicz at the No. 1 spot. The two played three sets for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in Ganger's favor.
Senior Nick Coutts played Rebel senior Romain Massaro at No. 3 singles. The first set was played on Thursday night leaving Coutts with a 6-1 lead. Coming back on Friday, the two played the second and final set for a 6-1, 6-2 win for Coutts. Junior Ryan Scott played at No. 6 singles against Wesley Burrows of UNLV. Playing two sets, Scott made a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Burrows.
The winning decision came from freshman Wes Hancock at No. 4 singles against UNLV's Brett Hunter. Hunter won the first set 6-3, but was answered back by Hancock with a 6-3 win at the end of the second set. The third set tie breaker was won by Hancock 7-6(3) to win the match and give Utah the win over the Rebels. "Wes played an excellent match today and it is great to see a freshman come through in the clutch for the team," says Assistant Coach Graeme Cox of Hancock.
MWC TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Utah 4, UNLV 3
Singles 1. Zach Ganger (Utah) def. Joel Kielbowicz (UNLV); 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 2. Elliot Wronski (UNLV) def. Tomasz Grzyb (Utah); 6-2, 6-2 3. Nick Coutts (Utah) def. Romain Massaro (UNLV); 6-1, 6-2 4. Wes Hancock (Utah) def. Brett Hunter (UNLV); 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) 5. Jonathon Hooper (UNLV) def. Jason Yap (Utah); 6-1, 6-2 6. Ryan Scott (Utah) def. Wesley Burrows (UNLV); 7-6 (7), 6-2
Doubles: 1. Joel Kielbowicz/Brett Hunter (UNLV) vs. Zach Ganger/Nick Coutts (Utah); 6-6 (DNF) 2. Elliot Wronski/Jonathan Hooper (UNLV) def. Jason Yap/Tomasz Grzyb (Utah); 8-3 3. Romain Massaro/Wes Burrows (UNLV) def. Dan Mascall/Dan Hancock (Utah); 8-3