Freshman Slim Hamza netted the Utes' only point at the No. 3 singles position.
April 8, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team (11-9, 0-4 Pac-12) dropped a 6-1 decision to fifth-ranked UCLA (18-2, 4-0 Pac-12) Sunday at the Liberty Park Tennis Center. Freshman Slim Hamza captured Utah's solo point while earning himself a perfect 4-0 singles record in conference play.
"UCLA showed why they are one of the top ranked teams in the country," said head coach F.D. Robbins. "But I am very proud of how our guys competed today. We were in it in a lot of matches once again."
Sophomore Ben Tasevac and freshman Ace Matias then gave the Bruins the doubles point when they were defeated by Nick Meister and Dennis Novikov, 8-5, at the No. 2 position. Sophomore Devin Lane and Hamza then teamed up at the third slot to net Utah a doubles victory, topping Warren Hardie and Marcos Giron, 8-6.
UCLA quickly earned its second point in singles matches when Tasevac dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Dennis Mkrtchian at the No. 6 spot.
The score then became 3-0 in favor of the Bruins when freshman Rafael Davidian was defeated by No. 115 Marcos Giron, 6-3, 6-1, at the fourth slot.
In the first set, Hamza shut out opponent Dennis Novikov, 6-0, and managed a tight 7-6(6) victory in the second set to net the Utes' only point at the No. 3 position, making the score 3-1.
Lane then fell to 51st-ranked Puget at the No. 5 spot, 7-6(5), 6-2, giving the Bruins the match deciding point at 4-1. Suriano then suffered a hard-fought 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 loss to No. 59 Clay Thompson at the No. 1 slot, extending UCLA's victory to 5-1.
Utah returns to action on the road to face Pac-12 foes No. 22 Washington Friday and No. 62 Oregon Sunday.