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Utah Advances Five to Singles Quarterfinals at Utah Intercollegiates

Sophomore Slim Hamza will face junior Devin Lane Friday in the singles quarterfinals.

Sophomore Slim Hamza will face junior Devin Lane Friday in the singles quarterfinals.

Oct. 11, 2012

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SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team amassed a successful first day of the Utah Intercollegiate Tournament Thursday at Liberty Park Tennis Center. Five Ute individuals advanced to the singles quarterfinals, while two doubles pairs advanced to the semifinals in doubles.

Utah Singles Results
First-seeded sophomore Slim Hamza downed Utah State's Brandon Nielson, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round, then followed with a 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-0 victory over Arkansas' Santiago Munoz. Eighth-seeded junior Devin Lane also netted two consecutive wins for Utah. In the first round, Lane bested Ben Rode of Weber State, 6-2, 6-1, then topped Victor Hoang of Arkansas, 7-5, 6-2 in the second round. Hamza and Lane will face each other in the singles quarterfinals Friday.

Fourth-seeded sophomore Rafael Davidian netted a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Utah State's Matt Sweet in the first round. He then suffered an upset to Utah's own junior Ben Tasevac, who bested Davidian in the second round, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. In the first round, Tasevac topped Ryan Garner of Weber State, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3). Tasevac will take on sixth-seeded Sven Poslusny of Utah State Friday in the quarterfinals.

Junior Alejandro Medinilla topped Weber State's Oliver Good in the first round, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, then went on to upset third-seeed Spencer Smith of BYU in the second round, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Medinilla will battle BYU's John Pearce Friday in the quarterfinals.

Second-seeded senior Dmytro Mamedov bested BYU's Scott Bohne, 6-0, 6-3, in the first round, then followed with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the second round over Arkansas' Christian Lee. Mamedov faces seventh-seeded Francis Sargeant of BYU Friday in the quarterfinals.

Redshirt freshman Justin Archer was the only Ute to fall in singles play, dropping a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 decision to Utah State's Andrew Whiting in the first round. Archer then suffered another loss in the first round of consolation play to Weber State's Todd Fought, 6-0 6-2.

Utah Doubles Results
In doubles play, the third-seeded Ute duo of Lane and Hamza topped Utah State's Whiting and Matt Thatcher in the first round, 8-1. The pair then followed with an 8-5 victory over Munoz and Hoang of Arkansas in the second round, and will face BYU's second-seeded Smith and Sargeant Friday in the semifinals.

Medinilla and Mamedov also tallied two consecutive victories for the Utes in doubles play. In the first round, the pair topped Rohne and Nikki Rae of BYU, 8-4. They then followed with a tight 9-8(4) upset over Utah State's fourth-seeded Poslusny and Sweet. The duo will face Weber State's Fought and Sanjay Goswamy Friday in the semifinals.

In the first round of dobules play, Archer and Davidian suffered an 8-5 loss at the hands of Fought and Goswamy, while fellow Ute Tasevac partnered with Arkansas' Lee. The pair suffered a hard-fought 9-7 loss to Fredrick Peterson and Nielson of Utah State. Archer and Davidian battled Tasevac and Lee in the first round of consolation play to an 8-5 victory.

Check back to utahutes.com for Friday's singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals results.



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