No. 87 junior Slim Hamza captured his second upset of the season.
Feb. 14, 2014
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 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 Singles 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*