Junior Slim Hamza captured his third upset of the season.
April 13, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The 51st-ranked University of Utah men's tennis team (14-7, 2-4 Pac-12) was defeated by second-ranked USC (24-2, 6-0 Pac-12) Sunday at Eccles Tennis Center by a score of 4-1. However, junior Slim Hamza captured one of the biggest wins in Ute history when he topped seventh-ranked Raymond Sarmiento of the Trojans.
At the top singles position, Hamza blanked Sarmiento in the first set and then took the second, 6-2. The upset gave Utah its first point of the match, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
USC walked away from doubles competition with the point after taking two of the three matches and quickly went up 2-0 in singles play when No. 94 Eric Johnson knocked off junior Cedric Willems at the No. 4 spot, 6-2, 6-1.
Sophomore Matt Cowley was then defeated by No. 46 Johnny Wang at the sixth slot, 6-3, 6-4, while senior Ben Tasevac lost to 17th-ranked Roberto Quiroz, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 2 spot. With the match in hand for the Trojans at 4-1, all other singles matches were abandoned.
In doubles action, senior Alejandro Medinilla and Cowley were topped by Sarmineto and Michael Grant at the third position, 8-2. Tasevac and senior Devin Lane then battled Wang and Quiroz to a tie breaker at the No. 2 slot, but were unable to take the match and fell, 8-7(2), giving the Trojans the doubles point.
Utah will close out its regular season in Tucson, Ariz., as it faces Arizona Friday at 12 p.m. MT.
No. 2 USC 4, No. 51 Utah 1
1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. #7 Raymond Sarmiento (USC), 6-0, 6-2
2. #17 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 6-2, 6-4
3. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) vs. #53 Max DeVroome (USC), 3-6, 5-4, DNF
4. #94 Eric Johnson (USC) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH), 6-2, 6-1
5. Devin Lane (UTAH) def. Michael Grant (USC), 4-6, 6-3, 0-1, DNF
6. #45 Johnny Wang (USC) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 6, 2
1. Hamza/Willems (UTAH) vs. Johnson/DeVroome (USC), 6-7, DNF
2. Wang/Quiroz (USC) dev. Tasevac/Lane (UTAH), 8-7(2)
3. Sarmiento/Grant (USC) def. Medinilla/Cowley (UTAH), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2