Feb. 15, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team (4-1) dropped a 5-2 decision to 52nd-ranked BYU Wednesday at the Eccles Tennis Center. Junior Dmytro Mamedov and sophomore Devin Lane captured Utah's two points from the Nos. 2 and 6 singles positions.
"We didn't as play as well as we need to in order to win," said head coach F.D. Robbins. "It was our first tough test. It's obvious that BYU has had a few tougher matches than us and is better seasoned than us."
After dropping the doubles point to the Cougars, Lane tied the score at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at the No. 6 singles position over Michael Eraso. Sophomore Ben Tasevac then fell to Francis Sargeant, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 5 spot.
Freshman Slim Hamza then dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision to 106th-ranked Patrick Kawka at the third spot, making the score 3-1 in favor of BYU. The Cougars then saw their match clinching point at the No. 4 position when freshman Ace Matias was defeated by 67th-ranked Keaton Cullimore, 6-2, 7-5.
Senior Benito Suriano then suffered a tight 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 loss to 43rd-ranked Georgy Batrakov at the No. 1 position, making the score 5-1. Utah saw its second point at the No. 2 slot when Mamedov netted a 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 victory over Spencer Smith, making the final score 5-2.
In doubles play, Mamedov and Matias fell to Smith and Sargeant at the second slot, 8-1. Lane and Hamza then earned an 8-4 victory at the No. 3 position over Cullimore and Eraso.
Suriano and freshman Alejandro Medinilla were then defeated by Batrakov and Kawka, 8-0, at the No. 1 spot, giving BYU the doubles point.
Tennis Match Results BYU vs University of Utah Feb 15, 2012 at Salt Lake City (Eccles Tennis Center)
BYU 5, University of Utah 2
Singles competition 1. #43 Georgy Batrakov (BYU) def. Benito Suriano (UTAH) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 2. Dmytro Mamedov (UTAH) def. Spencer Smith (BYU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 3. #106 Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Slim Hamza (UTAH) 6-3, 7-5 4. #67 Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. Ace Matias (UTAH) 6-2, 7-5 5. Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) 6-1, 6-4 6. Devin Lane (UTAH) def. Michael Eraso (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition 1. Georgy Batrakov/Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Benito Suriano/Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) 8-0 2. Spencer Smith/Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. Dmytro Mamedov/Ace Matias (UTAH) 8-1 3. Devin Lane/Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Keaton Cullimore/Michael Eraso (BYU) 8-4
Match Notes: BYU 4-5 University of Utah 4-1 Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,3,4,1,2)