Montana's Victor Casadevall serves during practice (MTN Sports photo).

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PROVO, UT – Victor Casadevall has become the first-ever Grizzly to advance to the quarterfinal of the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament after knocking off a pair higher-ranked opponents on day two of the tourney.

Casadevall made UM history after defeating the No. 7 seed Svyatoslav Shainyan of Utah in the round of 32 (6-3, 6-1) and Idaho’s No. 23 seed Carlos Neto (2-6, 6-3, 6-3) in the sweet 16 to advance to the quarters.

“He just continues to reap the benefits of putting in a lot of hard work and having an amazing mentality on the court,” said interim head coach Jason Brown. “I’m super proud of his effort and team leadership.”

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On day one, Casadevall brushed passed Peter O’Donovan from Nevada (6-4, 6-2) in the opening round of the tourney, and followed that up with a 6-4, 6-1 win over New Mexico State’s Enrique Asmar in the round of 64.

The senior from Sant Celoni, Spain, entered the tourney as the No. 26 seed and will continue his dream run at noon on Friday against David Micevski, the No. 2 seed from Utah.

“It’s not a horrible matchup for him,” added Brown. “If he plays well he can win. If not, I can predict the outcome.”

The last Grizzly to advance this far at the regional tournament was Jan Steenkamp in 2005, who fell to Boise State’s Luke Shields (6-3, 6-1) in the round of 16 after a first-round upset of Geoff Chizever from Colorado (6-1, 6-3).

Casadevall’s run to the quarterfinals is just one of the highlights from a strong team performance by the Griz at the ITA Regionals.

All three of Montana’s doubles teams picked up a first-round win on day one, and UM produced a pair of upsets on the singles courts as well.

Sophomore Ludvig Hallgren defeated BYU’s No. 19 seed John Pearce in straight sets (7-6, 6-4) en-route to the round of 32, and senior Ignacio Tejerina defeated the No. 4 seed from Utah Joe Woolley 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.

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