Montana’s Victor Casadevall ends career with ITA regional ranking

Posted at 2:15 PM, Jun 08, 2018

(Editor’s note: story by Montana Sports Information)

MISSOULA – When Victor Casadevall made Montana history as the first Griz to advance to the quarterfinal of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional tournament last fall, he earned a place amongst best players in the Rocky Mountain West.

After finishing his career with a second-straight trip to the Big Sky championship match, Spaniard has made more Montana history, becoming just the second Grizzly ever to end the year with an ITA Regional Ranking.

The ITA released its final regional ranking of the season on Wednesday with Casadevall coming in at No. 19 in singles, one of just three players from the Big Sky to make the list.

He now becomes the first Griz to earn a Mountain Region ranking since 2003 when Jan Steenekamp finished the year at No. 18.

Casadevall’s accomplishment caps one of the best careers in UM history, finishing with a 30-10 conference singles record over four seasons.

“This ranking is just the cherry on top of an already stellar career,” said Interim Head Coach Jason Brown. “It’s a testament to how hard he works and how he goes about doing his business the right way. He’s a class act, and we couldn’t be more proud of him.”

The ranking, loaded with players from programs like Utah, BYU, and New Mexico, recognizes the top-20 players in singles, top-10 doubles teams, and top-10 overall teams in the Western US.

Casadevall earned a place on the Big Sky’s first team all-conference list for the second time in his career following a senior season where he posted a team-high 28 wins against only 10 losses.

He earned the most regional recognition during the fall season when he advanced to the quarterfinal of the ITA tournament and finished the semester with a 16-3 record. He followed that up with a 12-7 spring singles record and put together the Big Sky’s best win percentage on court two (.778).

Northern Arizona’s Tim Handel (No. 8) and Lucas Taylor (No. 16) were the only two others from the Big Sky to make the singles ranking.

Idaho State’s Trhac/Felix pair earned the No. 1 regional spot (a pair UM was leading 4-1 when the doubles point was clinched), and Idaho’s Neto/Kovacs pair finished ranked No. 4 in the region.

In the team rankings, Idaho finished ranked No. 9 in the region. Montana defeated the Vandals 5-2 on April 12 in Missoula but fell to UI in the Big Sky tourney title match two weeks later.

Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings

Mountain Region

Administered by the ITA

June 6th, 2018

Rank School

1 Utah

2 Utah St



5 New Mexico

6 New Mexico St

7 Denver

8 Nevada

9 Idaho

10 Northern Arizona

Rank Singles Player School

1 Alex Cozbinov UNLV

2 Daniel Little Utah

3 Ricky Hernandez-Tong New Mexico

4 Jaime Barajas Utah St

5 Christopher Goncalves New Mexico St

6 Sean Hill BYU

7 David Micevski Utah

8 Tim Handel Northern Arizona

9 Mattia Ros Denver

10 Sergiu Bucur Utah St

11 Bart Van Leijsen New Mexico

12 Matthew Summers Denver

13 Santiago Sierra Utah

14 Jeffrey Hsu BYU

15 Sam Tullis BYU

16 Lucas Taylor Northern Arizona

17 Ben Gajardo BYU

18 Julien Evrard Nevada

19 Victor Casadevall Montana

20 Egbert Weverink Utah

Rank Doubles Team School

1 Trhac / Felix Idaho State

2 Van Leijsen / Escutia New Mexico

3 Benkaim / Cory Utah

4 Neto / Kovacs Idaho

5 Rudder-Hook / Summers Denver

6 Woolley / Weverink Utah

7 Evrard / Nesterenko Nevada

8 Hill / Hsu BYU

9 Barajas / Carvajal Utah St

10 Perez / Sklenka Air Force