Senior Dmytro Mamedov netted the match clincher for Utah at the No. 2 singles position.
Feb. 16, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team returned triumphant Saturday against UNLV after Friday's loss at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center. The Utes clinched the doubles point early on in the match, then battled the Rebels to a nail-biting tie at 3-3 before senior Dmytro Mamedov was able to capture the deciding point for Utah at the No. 2 singles slot over Tamas Batyi.
Then, despite going down a break at 6-7, junior Devin Lane and sophomore Slim Hamza broke back to force at tie break at the No. 1 spot against Ace Matias and Bernard Schoeman. The pair then carried that momentum into the tie break, posting a 7-0 sweep to capture the match and clinch the doubles point, 8-7(0).
With the doubles point already in hand for Utah, Mamedov and junior Alejandro Medinilla's match against Batyi and Johannes Markel went unfinished at the second slot, 5-5.
Utah quickly went up 3-0 with two consecutive victories in singles play. Sophomore Rafael Davidian routed Schoeman, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot, while Tasevac vanquished Markel, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 5 position.
At the No. 4 slot, Lane dropped the first set 6-2 to Berman, then rallied to capture the second set 3-6. But he was ultimately unable to take the third set, falling 6-2 and giving UNLV its first point of the match.
Willems then dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Charlie Alvarado at the No. 3 spot, making the score 3-2. After taking the first set 2-6, Hamza fell in the next two sets to Matias at the No. 1 spot, 6-3, 7-6(0) tying the match three all.
The Utes next face in-state rival BYU Saturday in Provo, Utah at 5:30 p.m.