Senior Alejandro Medinilla captured a victory for the Utes in singles competition.
March 13, 2014
LAS VEGAS - The University of Utah men's tennis team (11-3) emerged victorious from battle with the UNLV Rebels (4-7, 0-1 MWC) Thursday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. Despite falling into a 1-3 deficit, the Utes rallied and managed to clinch the 4-3 win.
"We are very fortunate to come up with a win today," said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. "We started very slowly today and UNLV fought very hard, but the bottom of our line up came up big for us today."
After dropping the doubles points to the Rebels, the Utes tied the match at 1-1 when sophomore Matt Cowley downed Ozzy Abraham, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 5 singles slot. Junior Slim Hamza was defeated at the No. 1 singles spot by Ace Matias, 6-1, 6-1, putting UNLV back up 2-1.
Senior Ben Tasevac then dropped a 6-2, 6-3 decision to Denys Pume at the second slot, making the score 3-1 in favor of the Rebels. Freshman Patrick Mayer then netted a 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over Jakob Amilon at the No. 6 position.
Senior Alejandro Medinilla then managed to tie the match at three apiece when he defeated Willie Sublette at the No. 3 position, 6-4, 7-6(6). Fellow senior Devin Lane then narrowly captured the match clincher for the Utes in his match against Dimitar Petrov at the No. 4 spot, 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-2.
The Utes return to action Friday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex against No. 70 Marquette (9-4). The match has been moved up an hour to 10 a.m. PT (11 a.m. MT).
#53 Utah 4, UNLV 3
1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Slim Hamza (UU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Denys Pume (UNLV) def. Ben Tasevac (UU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Alejandro Medinilla (UU) def. Willie Sublette (UNLV) 6-4, 7-6 (6)
4. Devin Lane (UU) def. Dimitar Petrov (UNLV) 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-2
5. Matt Cowley (UU) def. Ozzy Abraham (UNLV) 6-2, 6-2
6. Patrick Mayer (UU) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) 7-6(3), 6-4
Order of Finish: 5,1,2,6,3,4
1. Denys Pume/Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Cedric Willems/Slim Hamza (UU) 8-4
2. Dimitar Petrov/Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. Ben Tasevac/Devin Lane (UU) 8-5
3. Willie Sublette/Ozzy Abraham (UNLV) def. Alejandro Medinilla/Matt Cowley (UU) 8-5
Order of Finish: 1,2,3