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Utah Men's Tennis Suffers 4-3 Loss to No. 52 Denver

No. 87 junior Slim Hamza captured his second upset of the season.

No. 87 junior Slim Hamza captured his second upset of the season.

Feb. 14, 2014

Box Score

DENVER, Colo. - The University of Utah men's tennis team (7-2) was edged in a 4-3 loss by the 52nd-ranked Denver Pioneers (5-2,1-0 The Summit League) Friday at the Colorado Athletic Club - Monaco. Junior Slim Hamza recorded his second upset of the season at the No. 1 singles spot, while senior Devin Lane and Matt Cowley extended their winning-streaks to five.

Lane and senior Ben Tasevac were first to post a victory for the Utes in doubles action. The duo dispatched Alex Gasson and Yannik James, 6-2, at the second slot to remain undefeated this season with an 8-0 record.

Senior Alejandro Medinilla and Cowley then dropped a 6-3 decision to Alex Clinkenbeard and Fabio Biasion at the No. 3 position, putting the match deciding point at the hands of the top spot. Hamza and junior Cedric Willems battled 32nd-ranked Henry Craig and Diogo Rocha point-for-point, but ultimately lost in the tie-break, 6-5(5-0), giving the Pioneers the doubles point.

Although Denver had a 1-0 advantage going into singles play, Lane quickly evened the score at one apiece when he downed James at the fifth spot, 6-4, 6-2. Medinilla was then defeated by Clinkenbeard, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 4 position, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Pioneers.

The Utes then tied up the match for a second time as No. 87 Hamza claimed a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 upset over 83rd-ranked Craig at the top spot. But Denver then went back up 3-2 when Willems lost his match at the No. 3 position to Gasson, 6-4, 6-5(5-0).



The match then tied for a third time when Cowley managed a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Eric Marbach at the fourth slot, making the score three all. The Pioneers then seized the match deciding point when Tasevac suffered a hard-fought 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Roach at the No. 2 spot.

The Utes have a quick turn around as they will face DePaul Saturday at 4:30 p.m. MT at the Colorado Athletic Club - Monaco.

No. 52 Denver 4, Utah 3
1. #87 Slim Hamza (Utah) def. #83 Henry Craig (Denver), 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
2. Diogo Rocha (Denver) def. Ben Tasevac (Utah), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Alex Gasson (Denver) def. Cedric Willems (Utah), 6-4, 6-5(5-0)
4. Alex Clinkenbeard (Denver) def. Alejandro Medinilla (Utah), 6-3, 6-3
5. Devin Lane (Utah) def. Yannik James (Denver), 6-4, 6-2
6. Matt Cowley (Utah) def. Eric Marbach (Denver), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5,4, 1,3,6,2*

Doubles 1. #32 Craig/Rocha (Denver) def. Hamza/Willems (Utah), 6-5 (5-0) 2. Tasevac/Lane (Utah) def. Gasson/James (Denver), 6-2 3. Fabio Biasion/Clinkenbeard (Denver) def. Medinilla/Cowley (Utah), 6-3 Order of Finish: 2,3,1*

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