Freshman Slim Hamza captured his second career upset win over a nationally ranked opponent.
April 6, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team (11-8, 0-3 Pac-12) suffered a 5-2 loss at the hands of first-ranked USC (22-0, 3-0 Pac-12) Friday at the Eccles Tennis Center. Freshmen Slim Hamza and Rafael Davidian each earned upsets over ranked opponents in singles matches. Hamza netted a three-set thriller at the No. 3 position to upset 13th-ranked Daniel Nguyen, while Davidian managed an upset over No. 38 Yannick Hanfmann at the No. 4 spot.
"We played the No. 1 team in the country, which is a great learning experience for our young group of guys," said head coach F.D. Robbins. "The guys fought hard, competed, and earned two singles wins against ranked opponents. We are looking forward to our match against No. 5 UCLA on Sunday at Liberty Park."
The Trojans came out strong in doubles play, quickly earning an 8-3 victory at the No. 3 slot as Hamza and sophomore Devin Lane fell to Emilio Gomez and Hanfmann.
In singles play, Suriano fell 6-1, 6-3 to 2nd-ranked Johnson at the No. 1 spot, giving USC a 2-0 advantage. The score then became 3-0 when Matias was then defeated by Quiroz at the No. 6 position, 6-2, 6-1.
USC captured the match at 4-0 when Mamedov dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to No. 23 Sarmiento at the second slot. Lane then suffered a 6-4, 6-4 loss to No. 53 Gomez at the No. 5 spot, making the score 5-0 in favor of the Trojans.
After netting the first set 6-3, Davidian suffered a tight 4-6 loss in the second set. He then rallied to win the super tie breaker 10-5, for the upset victory over 38th-ranked Hanfmann. This was Davidian's first carreer win over a nationally-ranked opponent.
Hamza netted Utah's second point at the No. 3 position, which marked his second career upset win over a nationally-ranked opponent. Despite falling in the first set 3-6 to 13th-ranked Nguyen, Hamza then recovered to take the next two sets, 7-6(4) and 13-11, respectively.
Catch the Utes back in action Sunday at 11 a.m. for their final home match of the season against No. 5 UCLA at the Liberty Park Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results USC vs University of Utah Apr 06, 2012 at Salt Lake City (Eccles Tennis Center) #1 USC 5, University of Utah 2
Singles competition 1. #2 Steve Johnson (USC) def. Benito Suriano (UTAH) 6-1, 6-3 2. #23 Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Dmytro Mamedov (UTAH) 6-1, 6-4 3. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. #13 Daniel Nguyen (USC) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 13-11 4. Rafael Davidian (UTAH) def. #38 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 5. #53 Emilio Gomez (USC) def. Devin Lane (UTAH) 6-4, 6-4 6. Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Ace Matias (UTAH) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition 1. #15 Steve Johnson/Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Benito Suriano/Dmytro Mamedov (UTAH) 8-6 2. #18 Daniel Nguyen/Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Ace Matias/Ben Tasevac (UTAH) 8-5 3. Emilio Gomez/Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. Slim Hamza/Devin Lane (UTAH) 8-3
Match Notes: USC 22-0, 3-0 Pac-12; National ranking #1 University of Utah 11-8, 0-3 Pac-12 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,2,5,4,3)