Matt & James Davis ranked the 21st best tennis tandem in the US by the ITA

05 February 2020

Matt & James Davis are ranked the 21st-best doubles tandem in the country according to the Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Rankings.

Davis/Summers were previously ranked 35th, but rose 14 spots after their 6-0 start to the season at #1. The duo has dropped only three games in its last four doubles matches. Individually, Davis and Summers have each found success with 6-0 marks on the singles court.

Summit League player of the week

28 January 2020

Matt Summers of the Denver Pioneers men's tennis team was named Summit League Player of the Week.

Matt went 3-0 at #1 doubles and 3-0 at #1 singles in the Pioneers' trio of victories against Bryant, Metro State and Weber State last week. Matt won two of his three singles matches in straight sets, coming from behind for his final singles victory, a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) win against Kris van Wyk (Weber State). On the doubles court, Matt won by scores of 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1 with partner James Davis.

Matt named as the Summit League player to watch, 2020

08 January 2020

The Denver Pioneers men's tennis team ranked no.1 in the Summit League preseason poll and Matt Summers was named the player to watch.
Denver received 35 points and 5 first-place votes in the poll. Last season, the Pioneers posted a 13-9 (6-0 Summit League) record before falling to Drake in the Summit League championship. Denver has won four Summit League championships in the last six years to earn bids in the NCAA tournament.
Matt Summers is among seven returners for the Pioneers. He went 12-8 in singles and 13-5 in doubles last season. Matt and partner James Davis were recently ranked 35th in the country in the final Fall ITA Doubles National Rankings after defeating the fourth-ranked tandem in the country at the ITA National Fall Championships.

Winter County Cup

27 November 2019

Stunning victory over the weekend!  After winning the County Cup in the summer the Kent men's team have now won the division 2 Winter County Cup and are promotes to division 1. Great effort and impressive team spirit. 

ITA Mountain Regional Doubles

20 October 2019

Matt and James Davis  won the Doubles Championship at the ITA Mountain Regional on Sunday at the Denver Tennis Park. After beating opponents from BYU, UNLV, Idaho State and UNM, Matt & James earned a matchup with Santibanez/Perez Bascon (Idaho) where they defeated the Idaho tandem 6-1, 6-3.

The victory gave Matt and James automatic entry into the 32-team men's doubles draw at the 2019 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships at Newport Beach Country Club Nov. 6-10. 


County Cup Victory

27 July 2019

The Kent Men's Team played the Division 1 County Cup last week and "brought it home" in style!

This annual event was played on the grass courts at Devonsire Park, Eastbourne and involved the top 6 county mens teams in the UK.  Each team selected 3 pairs who played every other teams pairs once, totaling 9 matches a day.  Kent managed to beat every county in order to get the maxiumum amount of total wins.

Matt played all 15 matches with James Davis and managed to win 14!  The only other pairing to do this was Ryan Peniston & David Wright, from Essex, who Matt and James beat 6-4 7-5 on day 2.


Denver Pioneers v Drake Bulls

27 April 2019

The Denver Pioneers men's tennis team (13-9, 6-0) fell 4-3 to the Drake Bulldogs in the Summit League Championship on Saturday.

Denver took the doubles point with Mattia Ros/ Pedro Fernandez del Valle winning 6-2 at No. 2 and Matt Summers / James Davis winning 7-5 at No. 1.  Drake erased the Pioneers' 1-0 lead with a pair of quick singles wins, though Davis' 7-6, 6-2 win against Bavo Philips at No. 3 tied the match 2-2 with three courts left in action. Ignatius Castelinologged Denver's last singles win with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win against Barny Thorold at No. 5, but a pair of Bulldog victories at No. 6 & No. 2 iced the match. Tom Hands won the deciding match 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 2, topping Ros to help Drake to its second straight title. 


Matt named as Summit League Player of the Week

23 April 2019

Matt Summers was named Summit League Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Matt went 2-0 at No. 2 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles in Denver's 6-2 win against Omaha and 4-3 win against New Mexico in the final week of the regular season. In singles play, the Maidstone, U.K. native defeated Hugo Piles Ballester (Omaha) 6-0, 6-2 and Dominic West (New Mexico) 6-4, 6-7, 7-6. Matt partnered with James Davis to top Nathan Reekie/Davis Lawley (Omaha) 6-0, then the tandem fell to Ricky Hernandez Tong/Stepan Holis (New Mexico) 4-6. Summers is 12-7 in singles and 11-5 in doubles this season.

Denver Pioneers v New Mexico

21 April 2019

The University of Denver men's tennis team closed out the regular season on Sunday, winning 4-3 over New Mexico. The Pios end the regular season at 12-8 overall.

Denver opened the day with a thrilling win in doubles competition. Mattia Ros / Pedro Fernandez Del Valle knocked off Facundo Bermejo/Dominic West 6-2 at No. 2 but the Lobos won at No. 1 to even the score. Daniel Krulig / Eric Morris clinched the point with a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Tim Buttner/Nicolas Prieto at No. 3.

New Mexico answered right back in singles, picking up a victory at No. 1 to even the score. Denver then got back in front after Ignatius Castelino won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 and Fernandez Del Valle won 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4. The Lobos evened the score after a victory from the No. 3 position but Summers clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 at the No 2 position.

Report prepared by the University of Denver.

Denver Pioneers v Omaha Mavericks

19 April 2019

The Denver Pioneers men's tennis team (11-8, 6-0) secured sole possession of the Summit League regular season title for the fifth time in the last six years with a 6-1 win against the Omaha Mavericks on Friday at the Denver Tennis Park.

Denver opened with the doubles point as Matt Summers / James Davis won 6-0 at No. 1 and Mattia Ros / Pedro Fernandez del Valle won 6-3 at No. 2. Summers carried that momentum into his singles match where he defeated Hugo Piles Ballester 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2. Victories from Daniel Krulig and Ignatius Castelino at No. 6 & No. 5 secured the clinch for the Pioneers. Ros continued Denver's success with a tightly contested 7-6 (5), 7-5 win at No. 1 and Fernandez del Valle capped the team's fourth straight win with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win at No. 4.


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