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Utah Suffers Hard-Fought 4-3 Loss to No. 52 Denver

Junior Devin Lane put the Utes up 2-0 with a singles victory at the No. 6 position.

Junior Devin Lane put the Utes up 2-0 with a singles victory at the No. 6 position.

Feb. 15, 2013


SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team (6-1) suffered a pulse-pounding 4-3 loss at the hands of No. 52 Denver Friday at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center, ending their perfect season-opening win streak. After the Utes clinched the doubles point, the match quickly tied at three apiece in singles action. The match deciding point then came down to the wire at the No. 4 singles position, where Utah ultimately could not clinch the fourth point.

Utah started the match out strong, capturing the doubles point in two consecutive matches. Junior Ben Tasevac and sophomore Cedric Willems teamed up at the third slot, downing Alex Clinkenbeard and Luke Manley, 8-2.

Junior Devin Lane and sophomore Slim Hamza then vanquished Max Krammer and Enej Bonin, 8-1, capturing the doubles point for the Utes.

At the second slot, senior Dmytro Mamedov and junior Alejandro Medinilla's match against Henry Craig and Jens Vorkefeld went unfinished at 5-4.

Going into singles play with a 1-0 advantage, Lane quickly posted Utah's second point with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Manley at the No. 6 position. Willems then dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to Krammer at the No. 3 slot.

The Pioneers then tied the score at 2-2 when Mamedov fell to Bonin, 6-3, 6-3, at the top spot. Medinilla then put the Utes back up 3-2 when he topped Clinkenbeard, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Despite capturing a 5-7 victory in the first set, Hamza was unable to clinch the next two sets and fell to Vorkefeld, 6-2, 6-4, at the second slot, tying the match at 3-3.

Finally, after falling in the first set, 6-2, Tasevac returned valiant in the second, taking it 6-7(3). But he ultimately could not could not take the third set, dropping it in a suspenseful 7-6(3) battle, giving Denver the fourth point.



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