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Utah Men's Tennis Earns First Pac-12 Conference Win

Senior Benito Suriano earned his first victory over a conference opponent.

Senior Benito Suriano earned his first victory over a conference opponent.

April 21, 2012

Box Score

TUCSON, Ariz - The University of Utah men's tennis team (12-11, 1-6 Pac-12) netted its first conference victory Saturday against Arizona (5-17, 0-7 Pac-12) at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Utah managed to clinch the doubles point and four singles victories for the 5-2 win.

In doubles play, the Utes came out strong with a quick 8-4 win at the No. 3 position where sophomore Devin Lane and freshman Slim Hamza topped Frank Chen and Carlos Bermudez.

Senior Benito Suriano and junior Dmytro Mamedov then earned Utah the doubles point when the duo bested Sebastian Ionescu and Sumeet Shinde, 8-6. With the doubles point already decided, sophomore Alejandro Medinilla and freshman Ace Matias's match at the No. 3 position against Andre Vidaller and Mario Urquidi was then left unfinished at 7-6.

Going into singles play with a 1-0 lead, No. 70 Hamza downed Shinde at the third slot, 6-3, 6-0, to post Utah's second point. Suriano then netted his first victory over a conference opponent, topping Vidaller, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 1 position, extending the Utes' lead to 3-0.

Freshman Rafael Davidian then suffered a 6-3, 6-3 loss at the No. 4 spot to Bermudez, making the score 3-1. Arizona then saw their second point when Lane dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Kieren Thompson at the No. 5 slot.

Utah then captured the match clinching point with a tight 6-3, 7-6(5) victory from Medinilla at the No. 6 position over Ionescu. Despite dropping the first set 3-6, Mamedov managed to take the second and third sets over Urquidi at the No. 2 slot, 6-3, 6-1, respectively, to complete Utah's win at 5-2.



Catch the Utes back in action at the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif., Wednesday.

Utah, 5 Arizona, 2
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

1. Suriano/Mamedov (Utah) def. Shinde/Ionescu (UA), 8-6
2. Matias/Medinillia (Utah) def. Vidaller/Urquidi (UA), (7-6, unf.)
3. Hamza/Lane (Utah) def. Chen/Bermudez (UA), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Benito Suriano (Utah) def.Andre Vidaller(UA), 6-4, 6-3
2. Dmyrto Mamedov (Utah) def.Mario Urquidi(UA), 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. No.70 Slim Hamza (Utah) def.Sumeet Shinde(UA), 6-3, 6-0
4.Carlos Bermudez(UA) def. Rafael Davidian (Utah), 6-3, 6-3
5.Kieren Thompson(UA) def. Devin Lane (Utah), 6-3, 6-3
6. Alejandro Medinillia (Utah) def.Sebastian Ionescu(UA), 6-2, 7-6 (5)
Order of finish: 3, 1, 4, 5, 6, 2

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