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Men’s Tennis Goes 3-1 on Day One of ITA Regionals

Oct 13, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Utah men's tennis team opened up its ITA Mountain Regionals on Thursday as they went 3-1 on the day. Three of the fourth-seeded players won for the Utes in the first round of action. 
 
The regional doubles champion and the regional singles champion and finalists qualify for the ITA National Fall Championships from November 4-7 in San Diego, California. To view the updated singles and doubles draws, click here
 
The top-seeded player in the draw, Franco Capalbo, opened play first for the Utes on Thursday. He matched up with Nejc Sitar of Montana State in the round of 64. Capalbo showed why he was the top seed and defending champion of the ITA Mountain Regional when he came away with a 6-3, 6-0 victory to move to the round of 32.
 
The next Utah player to pick up a win was Patrik Trhac. Trhac, the 8th-seeded player in the draw, was down 1-0 after dropping the first set 7-5 to Ryoma Matsushita of New Mexico. However, Trhac responded by winning the second set, 6-3, and the third set, 6-3, to take the match to advance to the next round.
 
Utah's Geronimo Espin Busleiman, the second seed in the draw, closed out the first day of action with a win of his own. In a back-and-forth match with Mario Duron of Idaho, Espin Busleiman won the first set 6-1 before dropping the set 6-3. In the third and final set of the match, Espin Busleiman and Duron went back and forth before Espin Busleiman won in a tiebreaker 7-6 (0) to claim the match. This was Utah's third win of the day.
 
Freshman Berk Bugarikj battled Nick Vroman of the Air Force Academy in a highly contested first-round matchup on Thursday. The 9th-seeded player of Bugarikj found himself down early as he dropped the first set 6-3. He continued to battle and took the second set, 6-3, to force a third set. Bugarikj would come up short and drop set three, 6-3, in the match to Vroman.
 
The ITA Regional Tournament will continue Friday with two rounds of singles, the round of 32 and round of 16, and the first round of doubles play. Live updates for the tournament can be found on the ITA website.
 
ITA Regional Championships – Day 1 Results
Singles – Round of 64
1st-seeded Franco Capalbo (UU) def. Nejc Sitar (MSU), 6-3, 6-0
8th-seeded Patrik Trhac (UU) def. Ryoma Matsushita (UNM), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
2nd-seeded Geronimo Espin Busleiman (UU) def. Mario Duron (IDAHO), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (0)
Nick Vroman (AFA) def. 9th-seeded Berk Bugarikj (UU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
 
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