Senior Alejandro Medinilla advances to the final round of the Red Draw.
Oct. 11, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team captured an 8-3 overall record on the second day of the Utah Intercollegiates this afternoon at Coach Mike's Tennis Academy. The Utes went 5-1 in singles and 3-2 in doubles play.
In the red draw, 84th-ranked and first-seeded junior Slim Hamza reached the finals by beating BYU's Andrey Goryachkov 7-6(8), 6-2, and will play second-seeded Francis Sargeant (BYU) on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the championship. In the semifinal round, Sargeant overcame Utah's senior Ben Tasevac 7-6(4), 6-3. Tasevac and Goryachkov will square off in a match Saturday at 10 a.m. to decide the third and fourth place winners.
Cedric Willems avenged his loss in the first round, by beating Matt Sweet of Utah State 6-3, 6-3. Willems will play Weber State's Oliver Good Weber State Saturday at 11:30 a.m. to determine the fifth and sixth place winners.
The black draw final round will see a battle of the seniors as first-seed Devin Lane and second-seeded Alejandro Medinilla meet Saturday at 10 a.m. Both seniors reached the finals quite handily, taking care of Juan Canales of BYU and Weber State's Caio Poitena Weber State in straight sets. After enjoying a bye today, junior Cameron Lee is slated to play BYU's Matt Pearce BYU to determine the fifth and sixth place winners Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
In the white draw, sophomore Justin Archer earned his first collegiate victory of the year, topping Dylan Harlow of Utah State, 7-6(6), 6-3. Archer faces Weber State's James Smith Weber State Saturday at 11:30 a.m. to determine the fifth and sixth winners.
In Group A doubles action, Hamza and Lane captured two victories to improve to 3-0 to tie for the lead. They will face BYU's Sargeant and Goryachkov Saturday at 9 a.m. to determine which team will be the doubles champion of the group.
Willems and Lee split doubles matches today, improving to 1-2, tying them for third in Group A. The duo will play BYU's Galli and Sullivan to fight for third place at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Tasevac and Medinilla took the lead in Group B, despite going 1-1 in doubles action today. There currently are three teams sitting at 2-1, but the Utes take the lead by virtue of a better head-to-head record. They will play Pearce and Bourgeois of BYU for the title in Group B.
The final day of the Utah Intercollegiate tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Coach Mike's.