Junior Alejandro Medinilla captured the match clincher for Utah in its 5-2 upset over No. 39 Oregon.
March 29, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team (11-6, 1-0 Pac-12) captured its second upset as well as its first conference victory of the season Friday at the Liberty Park Tennis Center against 42nd-ranked Oregon (13-3, 0-1 Pac-12), 5-2. Junior Alejandro Medinilla captured the match clincher for the Utes at the No. 3 singles position.
Utah managed to hand the Ducks their third loss of the season despite dropping the doubles point, marking the eighth time this season the Utes have won the dual match after falling in doubles play.
Going into singles down 1-0, sophomore Cedric Willems quickly tied the score at one apiece when he bested Daniel Sardu at the No. 5 singles slot, 6-2, 6-4.
Senior Dmytro Mamedov then routed Robin Cambier at the top spot, 6-1, 6-3, putting the Utes up 2-1. Junior Ben Tasevac then vanquished Brent Chin, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 6 position, making the score 3-1.
Medinilla then dispatched Alex Rovello at the third slot, 6-4, 6-3, deciding the match in Utah's favor at 4-1. Junior Slim Hamza then followed with a hard-fought victory over Jeff Mullen at the No. 2 spot, 6-4, 6-7(5), 3-1 ret.
Junior Devin Lane then suffered Utah's only loss in singles action at the No. 4 position against Daan Maasland, 7-6(7), 7-5.
In doubles play, Utes Hamza and Lane fell to Mullen and Cambier, 8-6, at the top slot. The Ducks then saw the doubles point come at the No. 3 position when Tasevac and Willems were defeated by Maasland and Rovello, 8-6.
Finally, Mamedov and Medinilla dropped an 8-5 decision to Sardu and Aaron Clissold.
Utah returns to action Sunday against No. 29 Washington at 2 p.m., at the Liberty Park Tennis Center, weather permitting. Check back to utahutes.com for more information.
Utah 5, No. 42 Oregon 2 Doubles 1. Mullen/Cambier (OR) def. Hamza/Lane (UU), 8-6 2. Clissold/Sardu (OR) def. Mamedov/Medinilla (UU), 8-5 3. Maasland/Rovello (OR) def. Tasevac/Willems (UU), 8-6 Order of Finish: 1,3,2
Singles 1. Dmytro Mamedov (UU) def. Robin Cambier (OR), 6-1, 6-3 2. Slim Hamza (UU) def. Jeff Mullen (OR), 6-4, 6-7(5), 3-1 ret. 3. Alejandro Medinilla (UU) def. Alex Rovello, 6-4, 6-3 4. Daan Maasland (OR) def. Devin Lane (UU), 7-6(7), 7-5 5. Cedric Willems (UU) def. Daniel Sardu (OR), 6-2, 6-4 6. Ben Tasevac (UU) def. Brent Chin (OR), 6-2, 6-2 Order of Finish: 5,1,6,3*,2,4 * Indicates match-deciding point.