Junior Devin Lane captured the match clincher for the Utes in their 5-2 victory over Air Force.
Feb. 1, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team (4-0) captured a 5-2 victory over Air Force (3-2) Friday to improve to an undefeated record of 4-0. Junior Devin Lane clinched the match for Utah at the No. 4 singles position.
Despite dropping the doubles point to the Falcons, the Utes quickly went up 2-1 in singles play with wins at the Nos. 5 and 2 positions. At the fifth slot, junior Ben Tasevac vanquished Andy Jackson, 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Cedric Willems then followed with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Grant Taylor at the second spot.
The score was then tied at 2-2 when No. 85 senior Dmytro Mamedov dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to Lance Wilhelm at the No. 1 position. Sophomore Rafael Davidian then put the Utes back up to a 3-2 lead after topping Ali Rizvi, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at the No. 6 slot.
Despite dropping the first set 6-7(5) to Alex Grubbs, Lane rallied to take the next two sets, 6-4, 7-6(4) to clinch the match for Utah at 4-2. Junior Alejandro Medinilla then posted Utah's fifth point at the No. 3 slot in a tight 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4) victory over Steven Young.
In doubles action, Mamedov and Davidian fell to Grubbs and Rizvi, 8-3, at the No. 3 position. Air Force then netted the doubles point when Tasevac and Willems dropped an 8-5 decision to Wilhelm and Taylor at the No. 1 spot. Utah saw a doubles win at the No. 2 slot from Lane and Medinilla, who topped Jackson and Young, 9-7.
Utah returns to action next Saturday in its second double header of the season against Montana State and Utah State. Check back to utahutes.com for more information.
University of Utah 5, Air Force Academy 2 Singles competition 1. Lance Wilhelm (AFA) def. #85 Mamedov, Dmytro (UUMEN) 6-3, 6-3 2. Willems, Cedric (UUMEN) def. Grant Taylor (AFA) 6-4, 6-1 3. Medinilla, Alejandro (UUMEN) def. Steven Young (AFA) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (0-4) 4. Lane, Devin (UUMEN) def. Alex Grubbs (AFA) 6-7 (0-5), 6-4, 7-6 (0-4) 5. Tasevac, Ben (UUMEN) def. Andy Jackson (AFA) 6-1, 6-0 6. Davidian, Rafael (UUMEN) def. Ali Rizvi (AFA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Doubles competition 1. Lance Wilhelm/Grant Taylor (AFA) def. Willems, Cedric/Tasevac, Ben (UUMEN) 8-5 2. Lane, Devin/Medinilla, Alejandro (UUMEN) def. Andy Jackson/Steven Young (AFA) 9-7 3. Alex Grubbs/Ali Rizvi (AFA) def. Mamedov, Dmytro/Davidian, Rafael (UUMEN) 8-3 Air Force Academy 3-2 University of Utah 4-0 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,2,1,6,4*,3) (*) Indicates match clinching point