Men’s Tennis Concludes ITA All-American and First Day of Bengal Invite
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's tennis team concluded play at the ITA All-American Championships and opened play at the Bengal Invitational hosted by Idaho State.
The ITA All-American Championships are still in full swing and Utah's Geronimo Espin Busleiman continued competition in the consolation draw this morning. He faced Harvard's Henry Schulenburg and unfortunately lost the match after a tough three sets for a final score of 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
Making his Utah debut was Berk Bugarikj when he faced Jake Watkins of Montana in the round of 16. Burgarikj had a successful first match as a Ute as he came away with a 6-2, 6-2 win. On Saturday, he will face fifth-seeded Valentino De Pellegrin of Idaho State in the quarterfinals.
Claiming another singles victory of the fall was Geremia Rossi. Matching up against Idaho State's JW Altman, Rossi came away with a 6-4, 6-2 win and earned a spot in the round of 16. In his second singles match of the day, Rossi was defeated by seventh seed Fernando Perez, 7-5, 6-0.
Dylan Applegate closed out the Utes in action in singles. He matched up with Umit Ege Cankus in the first round and dropped the first set 6-2 and the second set 6-4 to fall to the consolation draw.
Rian Ta was back in action in singles action after competing last weekend in Boise. He opened play against Hiroki Fujita of Idaho State and had a challenging first set, dropping the set 7-6 (5). Fujita came away with a second-set win, 6-0, knocking Ta to the consolation draw.
In doubles action, the Utes dropped both of their quarterfinals matches. The fourth-seeded team of Ta and Rossi was defeated 8-1 by host Umit Ege Cankus and Hiroki Fujita. The third seed of Applegate and Bugarikj were defeated 8-3 by Montana's Tom Bittner and Fernando Perez. Both teams return to action in the consolation draw on Saturday.
Utah returns to action on Saturday for the second day of the Bengal Invitational In Pocatello, Idaho.
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