It was, said Utah tennis coach F.D. Robbins, the most balanced District Seven Intercollegiate Tennis Championships he can remember. And he should know. Usually, Utah dominates.
This event Utah merely did well. How well? It won the team title over San Diego State early in the week, 6-3. It beat its No.1 rival, BYU, 6-0. And it got one player into the finals, but that was all.Mike Tebbutt of Northern Arizona, beat Utah's Chris Entzel, 6-3, 6-4.
The final match was, as Robbins said, a classic battle of control and power. Tebbutt, who swings two-handed from both sides, put lots of pace on the ball which kept Entzel on the defense a good part of the time.
In the first set, Tebbutt broke and went up 3-0. Entzel broke back in the fifth game, but Tebbutt regained the break in the 6th.
In the second set Tebbutt broke in the first game and then simply held service for the match.
In doubles, Dax Peterson and Jeff Belloli of San Diego State, beat Tony Matkulak and Paul Grubi of University of Nevada-Reno, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The event drew teams from 12 teams from the district, which involves schools Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado.