No. 51 Utah hosts No. 2 USC Sunday on Senior Day.
April 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The 51st-ranked University of Utah men's tennis team (14-6, 2-3 Pac-12) was edged out by the third-ranked UCLA Bruins (18-2, 5-0 Pac-12) Friday at Coach Mike's Tennis Academy by a score of 4-0. The Bruins narrowly escaped doubles competition with the point before taking the Nos. 2, 4 and 5 singles matches.
After juniors Slim Hamza and Cedric Willems were defeated No. 67 Marcos Giron and Karue Sell at the No. 1 doubles position, 8-1, seniors Ben Tasevac and Devin Lane dispatched Clay Thompson and Joseph DiGiulio at the second slot, 8-5.
At the No. 3 spot, Medinilla and Cowley battled Mackie McDonald and Gage Brymer point for point all the way into a tie-breaker. However, the Utes were unable to clinch the victory and fell to the Bruins, 8-7(5), giving UCLA the doubles point.
The Bruins then went up 2-0 when Lane was defeated by 92nd-ranked Karue Sell at the No. 5 singles position, 6-2, 6-1. Willems then fell to No. 62 Brymer, 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 4 spot, which put UCLA up 3-0.
UCLA completed the sweep when second-ranked Giron topped Tasevac at the second slot, 6-3, 6-3, and all other matches were suspended.
The Utes return to action Sunday as they host No. 2 USC on Senior Day in their final home match of the season. The match will be played at Coach Mike's Tennis Academy, weather permitting.
No. 3 UCLA 4, No. 51 Utah 0
1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) vs. Slim Hamza (UTAH), 6-4, 5-4, DNF
2. #3 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 6-3, 6-2
3. #21 Mackie McDonald (UCLA) vs. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH), 7-5, 1-3, DNF
4. #62 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH), 6-0, 6-3
5. #92 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Devin Lane (UTAH), 6-2, 6-1
6. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA) vs. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 7-6(3), 2-3, DNF
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2