Junior Matt Cowley won his matches in both singles and doubles.
April 18, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. - The 53rd-ranked University of Utah men's tennis team (14-8, 2-5 Pac-12) was upset by the Arizona Wildcats (12-14, 1-6 Pac-12) Friday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center by a score of 4-1. Sophomore Matt Cowley went undefeated in the match, netting Utah's point during singles action at the sixth spot and teaming up with senior Alejandro Medinilla in doubles for an 8-6 victory.
"To have worked this hard all season long and have the regular season come to an end like this is very, very disappointing," said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. "We simply didn't competetodayand that's unacceptable."
The Wildcats nabbed the doubles point to get ahead early on in the match. When Medinilla then lost to Sumeet Shinde at the No. 3 singles position, 6-3, 6-1, Arizona went up 2-0. Junior Cedric Willems then fell at the fourth slot to Mario Urquidi, 6-2, 6-4, which put the Utes in a 3-0 deficit.
Then, at the No. 6 position, Cowley topped Robin Chou, 6-4, 6-3, to put up Utah's first point of the match. But Arizona was able to clinch the match at 4-1 when senior Ben Tasevac was defeated by Naoki Takeda, 6-2, 6-3, at the second slot and all remaining matches were abandoned.
In doubles action, senior Devin Lane and Tasevac first lost to Urquidi and Kieren Thompson, 8-2 at the No. 2 spot.
Cowley and Medinilla then managed their win over Matt Dunn and Trevor James at the third slot, putting the deciding point in the hands of junior Slim Hamza and Willems at the top position. But Hamza and Willems were unable to take the set and fell to Shinde and Takeda, 8-5.
Arizona 4, #53 University of Utah 1 Singles 1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) vs. Kieren Thompson (ARIZ), 1-6, 6-0, 2-0 unfinished 2. Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) 6-2, 6-3 3. Sumeet Shinde (ARIZ) def. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) 6-3, 6-1 4. Mario Urquidi (ARIZ) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-2, 6-4 5. Devin Lane (UTAH) vs. Will Kneale (ARIZ) 6-3, 2-5 unfinished 6. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Robin Chou (ARIZ) 6-4, 6-3 Order of Finish: 3,4,6,2
Doubles 1. Sumeet Shinde/Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) def. Slim Hamza/Cedric Willems (UTAH) 8-5 2. Mario Urquidi/Kieren Thompson (ARIZ) def. Ben Tasevac/Devin Lane (UTAH) 8-2 3. Matt Cowley/Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) def. Matt Dunn/Trevor James (ARIZ) 8-6 Order of Finish: 2,3,1