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Men's Tennis Hosts Idaho State For Pair of Matches

Jan 28, 2021

The Utah men's tennis team is set to begin its seven-match homestand with a pair of matches against the Idaho State Bengals this Saturday, Jan. 30. The Utes will begin the first match at 10:30 a.m. MT at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center and wrap up the day with the second match against Idaho State beginning at 5 p.m. MT. While no spectators will be allowed, there is a free stream available here.
Utah tennis returns home to Salt Lake City to begin a stretch of seven home matches and will not return to the road until Feb. 25. Utah opened the season with a win at home over Grand Canyon and is coming off a 2020 campaign that saw a 12-1 home record. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, the Utes have dominated home play and hold a 64-17 (.790) record at the Eccles Tennis Center. In the past three seasons, Utah holds a 37-6 (.860) record in Salt Lake City.
The Utah men's tennis team has had the same six singles and six doubles players compete in all four matches this year. Slava Shainyan and Franco Capalbo have split time at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions to lead the way in singles. Geronimo Espin Busleiman has held down the No. 3 position in three matches and played in the fourth spot once. Fellow newcomer Francisco Bastias has been in the fourth spot three matches and the third position once. Mathias Gavelin has held down the No. 5 spot, while Bruno Krenn has entered the lineup as the No. 6 singles player for Utah this season.
In doubles, Capalbo and Busleiman have competed in the top spot all four matches. Bastias and Randy Cory played the first three matches as the No. 2 duo before competing in the third spot last match. Shainyan and Gavelin round out the doubles teams for Utah so far, where they have been in the No. 3 position for the first three matches and then made the move to the second slot.
Utah tennis has become a destination for international players and this season is no different. The starting singles lineup boasts five international student-athletes, including three hailing from Argentina. Franco Capalbo, Geronimo Espin Busleiman and Francisco Bastias come from Argentina, while Slava Shainyan is from Russia and Mathias Gavelin from Sweden. The Utes have also welcomed graduate transfer Luis Flores who hails from Mexico and freshman Chris Heck, who is from Canada.

Idaho State has had just one match so far in the 2021 season. The Bengals dropped a contest to Utah State 5-2 with the pair of wins coming from their top singles player Patrik Trhac and No. 3 player Aleksander Petrovic. The two also teamed up for a win at the top doubles position for Idaho State. In the shortened 2020 season, Idaho State posted a 5-7 record. Trhac posted a 9-2 record in singles last year and a 5-0 mark in Big Sky play, along with going 8-2 in doubles at the No. 2 position.
Utah hit the road for a trio of games in Dallas. Utah fell to SMU and Wichita State on the road, but picked up a 6-1 win against UT Arlington. Capalbo, Busleiman and Bastias all picked up a pair of singles wins last weekend to lead the Utes. Against UT Arlington, all Ute singles wins came in straight-sets.
Utah is set for a rematch against SMU, this time with the match taking place in Salt Lake City. Utah and SMU will square off next Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. MT, followed by a home match against New Mexico on Sunday, Feb. 7. First serve for Utah and New Mexico will be at 12 p.m. MT at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.