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Utah Falls to BYU 5-2 in Deseret First Duel

No. 79 sophomore Slim Hamza posted Utah's first point against No. 45 BYU.

No. 79 sophomore Slim Hamza posted Utah's first point against No. 45 BYU.

Feb. 23, 2013


PROVO, Utah - The University of Utah men's tennis team (7-2) dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 45 BYU (10-2) Saturday in the Deseret First Duel at the Indoor Tennis Courts. The Utes saw two victories in singles play from No. 79 sophomore Slim Hamza and junior Ben Tasevac at the Nos. 2 and 6 positions.

In doubles play, Tasevac and sophomore Cedric Willems fell to Keaton Cullimore and John Pearce, 8-6, at the No. 3 slot, while Hamza and junior Devin Lane suffered an 8-5 loss at the hands of No. 59 Patrick Kawka and Francis Sargeant at the top spot, giving the Cougars the doubles point.

With the doubles point already decided, senior Dmytro Mamedov and junior Alejandro Medinilla then posted a victory for Utah, routing Spencer Smith and Travis Fillmore, 8-4 at the No. 2 position.

In singles action, Lane fell to Cullimore 6-1, 6-2 at the fourth slot, putting BYU up 2-0. Hamza then posted the Utes' first point at the No. 2 slot, vanquishing Smith, 6-2, 6-2, making the score 2-1.

After falling in the first set 6-2, Mamedov broke back No. 74 Kawka in the second set, 4-6, but was ultimately unable to take the third set and fell 6-4 at the No. 1 position, putting BYU up 3-1.

At the third spot, Medinilla captured a tight 6-7(2) victory over Sargeant in the first set before falling in the next two, 6-4, 6-3, giving BYU the match deciding point at 4-1.

Tasevac then bested Pearch, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 6 position as sophomore Rafael Davidian round out the match, suffering a 7-6(1), 6-2 loss to Andrey Goryachkov at the No. 5 spot, making the final score 5-2.



The Utes continue their road slate next weekend at No. 39 Boise State in Boise, Idaho, Saturday at 12 p.m.

BYU 5 Utah 2

Doubles 1. Kawka/Sargeant (BYU) def. Hamza/Lane(UTAH) 8-5 2. Mamedov/Medinilla (UTAH) def. Fillmore/Smith (BYU) 8-4 3. Cullimore/Pearce (BYU) def. Tasevac/Willems (UTAH) 8-6 Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles 1. Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Dmytro Mamedov (UTAH) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 2. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Spencer Smith (BYU) 6-2, 6-2 3. Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3 4. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. Devin Lane (UTAH) 6-1, 6-2 5. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) def. Rafael Davidian (UTAH) 7-6(1), 6-2 6. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) def. John Pearce (BYU) 6-2, 6-4 Order of finish:4, 2, 1, 3, 6, 5

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