Senior Ben Tasevac netted Utah's first point of the match.
April 23, 2014
OJAI, Calif. - The fifth-seeded University of Utah men's tennis team blanked Arizona, 4-0, Wednesday during the first round of the 2014 Pac-12 Championships.
"We competed very well from the start until the finish on every court today," said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. "We did a good job jumping Arizona in doubles and carried the momentum into singles."
Utah took the doubles point as seniors Ben Tasevac and Devin Lane got things going with an 8-2 result over Mario Urquidi and Kieren Thompson. The pairing of juniors Slim Hamza and Cedric Willems closed things out by defeating Arizona's top duo, Naoki Takeda and Sumeet Shinde, 8-6.
Tasevac earned the first singles point of the match defeating Takeda. The senior took the first set 6-0 and led the second set 3-0 when the Wildcat player retired. Matt Cowley blitzed through Robin Chou, 6-1, 6-2 for a 3-0 lead in the match and Utah's two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week, Hamza, closed things out with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1 win over Thompson.
Utah advances to play No. 19 California tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT. The Utes lost to the Golden Bears last month in Salt Lake City, 4-2
#5 Utah 4, #8 Arizona 0
Doubles 1. Slim Hamza/Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Naoki Takeda/Sumeet Shinde (ARIZ), 8-6 2. Ben Tasevac/Devin Lane (UTAH) def. Mario Urquidi/Kieran Thompson (ARIZ), 8-2 3. Matt Dunn/Trevor James (UTAH) vs. Matt Cowley/Alejandro Medinilla (ARIZ), 5-5 unfinished Order of Finish: 2,1
Singles 1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Kieren Thompson (ARIZ) 6-4, 6-1 2. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) vs. Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) 6-0, 3-0 ret. 3. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) vs. Sumeet Shinde (UTAH) 6-4, 5-4 unfinished 4. Cedric Willems (UTAH) vs. Mario Urquidi (ARIZ) 7-6(4), 2-6, 2-0 unfinished 5. Will Kneale (ARIZ) vs. Devin Lane (UTAH) 7-5, 5-4 unfinished 6. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Robin Chou (ARIZ) 6-1, 6-2 Order of Finish: 2,6,1