Two Advance to The Semifinals at the Idaho State Invite
POCATELLO, Idaho – Utah men's tennis players Rian Ta and Mathias Gavelin advanced to the semifinals in their respective draws at the Idaho State Invitational.
In the Orange Draw of the Idaho State Invitational, Gavelin matched up with host Aleksandar Petrovic in the first round. Gavelin cruised to the victory over Petrovic, 6-2, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Gavelin matched up with Umit Ege Canku of Idaho State. Ege Canku reached the quarterfinals after knocking off the fourth-seeded Matheus Leite of BYU. In the quarterfinals, Gavelin took set one, 6-3. The second set was more contested, but Gavelin came away with a 7-5 win.
Ta was the second Ute to advance to the semifinals as he advanced in the white draw. Facing Marcos Zelver of Montana State, Ta started with a 6-0 victory in set one. Needing the second set to win the match and advance to the semifinals, Ta came away with a 6-3 victory.
Utah returns to the courts tomorrow for day two of the Idaho State Invitational. Double play begins at 10 a.m., with singles following. Full results for day one and each draw can be seen by clicking here.
Idaho State Invitational – Day 1 Results
Singles – Orange Draw (First Round)
Mathias Gavelin (UU) def. Aleksandar Petrovic (ISU), 6-2, 6-0
Patrik Trhac (ISU) def. Jayson Blando (UU), 6-4, 6-1
Singles – Orange Draw (Quarterfinals)
Mathias Gavelin (UU) def. Umit Ege Canku (ISU), 6-3,7-5
Singles – Orange Draw (West)
Zach Fuchs (Gonzaga) def. Jayson Blando (UU), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4
Singles – White Draw (First Round)
Rian Ta (UU) def. Marcos Zelver (MSU), 6-0, 6-3
Pontus Hallgren (MONT) def. Michael Blando (UU), 6-4, 6-2
Rian Ta/Mathias Gavelin (UU) def. Bradley Buckland/Manuel Monteiro (MSU), 6-3
Alex Lin/Brigham Andrus (BYU) def. Jayson Blando/Michael Blando (UU), 6-3