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Utah Men's Tennis Upsets No. 70 BYU, 5-2

The Utes upset No. 70 BYU for their first rivaly win since 2009.

The Utes upset No. 70 BYU for their first rivaly win since 2009.

Feb. 22, 2014

Box Score

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team (9-2) edged out the 70th-ranked BYU Cougars (5-6) Saturday by a score of 5-2 at the Eccles Tennis Center. The upset marked Utah's first victory over BYU since 2009.

"I am very proud of our guys," praised head coach F.D. Robbins. "It was a big win. We haven't beaten BYU for a few years. They came out and battled hard and our team just battled back. It was a squeaker and I am proud of the guys. They should feel really good about themselves and how hard they battled."

Utah began the match with a set of strong wins in doubles action. Senior Alejandro Medinilla and sophomore Matt Cowley downed Robin Pfister and Matt Pearce at the No. 3 position, 8-3.

Seniors Devin Lane and Ben Tasevac then followed with an 8-5 victory over Jeremy Bourgeois and Sterling Galli at the second slot. Juniors Slim Hamza and Cedric Willems were up 7-4 in their set at the No. 1 spot against Francis Sargeant and Andrey Goryachkov, but with the doubles point in hand for the Utes, the set went unfinished.

With a 1-0 advantage going into singles play, Medinilla quickly put the Utes up 2-0 when he routed Pfister at the No. 3 slot, 6-4, 6-1. The Cougars then saw their first point when Willems dropped a 7-6(5), 6-4 decision to Bourgeois at the No. 4 spot, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Utes.

The score then tied a two apiece when 87th-ranked Hamza was defeated by 91st-ranked Sargeant, 7-6(6), 6-4, at the No. 1 position. Lane then put Utah back up 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-1 victory over Pearce at the No. 5 slot and extended his win streak to seven.

 

 

After netting a 6-1 win in his first set against Goryachkov at the No. 2 spot, Tasevac struggled in the second set, falling 6-7(5). But the Ute returned valiant and captured a crucial 7-5 victory in the third set to clinch the match deciding point for Utah at 4-2.

Cowley then completed the 5-2 win for Utah when he topped Jacob Sullivan at the No. 6 position, 6-7 (4), 7-6(4), 6-1, and posted his seventh-straight singles victory.

The Utes will enjoy a weekend off before heading to Lincoln, Neb., to face Nebraska and Drake March 7 and 8.

Utah 5, No. 70 BYU 2
Singles

1. #91 Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. #87 Slim Hamza (Utah), 7-6(6), 6-4
2. Ben Tasevac (Utah) def. Andrey Goryachkov, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5
3. Alejandro Medinilla (Utah) def. Robin Pfister (BYU), 6-4, 6-1
4. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) def. Cedric Willems (Utah), 7-6(5), 6-4
5. Devin Lane (Utah) def. Matt Pearce (BYU), 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-1
6. Matt Cowley (Utah) def. Jacob Sullivan (BYU), 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,4,1,5,2*,6

Doubles
1. Hamza/Willems (Utah) vs. Sargeant/Goryachkov (BYU), 7-4, dnf.
2. Lane/Tasevac (Utah) def. Bourgeois/Galli (BYU), 8-5
3. Medinilla/Cowley (Utah) def. Pfister/Pearce (BYU), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3,2*

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