Sophomore Alejandro Medinilla earned the Utes a victory from the No. 6 position.
March 3, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The 59th-ranked University of Utah men's tennis team suffered a tough 4-3 loss at the hands of No.35 Boise State Saturday at the Eccles Tennis Center. After dropping the doubles point, sophomore Alejandro Medinilla and freshmen Slim Hamza and Rafael Davidian posted individual wins from the Nos. 6, 3, and 5 positions, respectively.
"The guys put out a great effort today," said head coach F.D. Robbins. "We played good enough in singles to win. But if we want to win these types of matches, we need to play better in doubles."
In doubles play, Medinilla and freshman Ace Matias dropped an 8-4 decision to Damian Hume and Scott Sears at the No. 2 position. Boise State then secured the doubles point when senior Benito Suriano and junior Dmytro Mamedov were then defeated, 8-6, by James Meredith and Nathan Sereke at the top spot.
Hamza and sophomore Devin Lane then suffered a hard-fought 9-8(2) loss to Andrew Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin.
With the Broncos up by one going into singles, Medinilla tied the score at one apiece when he downed Garrett Patton, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 6 slot. Davidian then put the Utes up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sears at the No. 5 position.
Suriano then dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to 60th-ranked Meredith at the top spot, tying the score at 2-2.
Lane then gave a solid effort at the No. 4 position, but was unable to earn the win and ultimately fell to Sereke, 6-3, 7-6(4), making the score 3-2, in favor of Boise State.
Mamedov was then defeated by 59th-ranked Hume, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot, deciding the match in favor of Boise State at 4-2.
Utah hits the road for a trio of road matches next weekend. The team faces Denver and Sacramento State at Denver, followed by Air Force in Colorado Springs.