April 24, 2014
OJAI, Calif. - The 57th-ranked University of Utah men's tennis team was shut out by third-seeded California, 4-0, Thursday at the Pac-12 Championships at Libbey Park.
The Golden Bears quickly went up 1-0 early on in the match as they nabbed the doubles point with victories at the first and second positions.
In singles action, senior Ben Tasevac was defeated by Campbell Johnson, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 2 slot, while junior Slim Hamza lost to Ben McLachlan at the top position, 6-3, 6-2. Cal then clinched the match with a fourth win when junior Cedric Willems fell to Andre Goransson at the No. 4 spot, 6-4, 6-2.
The Utes next appear at the NCAA Regionals, March 9-10.
No. 3 California def. No. 5 Utah, 4-0 Doubles 1. Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (CAL) def. Slim Hamza/Cedric Willems (UTAH), 8-3 2. Ben McLachlan/Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Ben Tasevac/Devin Lane (UTAH), 8-5 3. Filip Bergevi/Mads Engsted (CAL) vs. Matt Cowley/Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH), 6-3 unfinished Order of Finish: 1,2
Singles 1. Ben McLachlan (CAL) def. Slim Hamza (UTAH) 6-3, 6-2 2. Campbell Johnson (CAL) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) 6-3, 6-1 3. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) vs. Filip Bergevi (CAL) 7-5, 4-3 unfinished 4. Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-4, 6-2 5. Devin Lane (UTAH) vs. Gregory Bayane (CAL) 6-4, 2-5 unfinished 6. Nikhil Jayashankar (CAL) vs. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 7-5, 2-1 unfinished Order of finish: 2,1,4