Senior Ben Tasevac is the second Ute to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week.
Feb. 25, 2014
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Utah men's tennis' senior Ben Tasevac has been named the Pac-12 Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. He is the first Ute of the season to be awarded and the second recipient since Utah joined the Pac-12.
"Ben has come a really long way from being a walk on and starting out low on the lineup," praised head coach F.D. Robbins. "He started out and knew he was going to have to battle for a higher spot. He won that deciding match for us against BYU and has done an unbelievable job this year. He and Devin [Lane] are undefeated in doubles as well, so that is great. He worked hard for us over the summer, but a lot of it is just getting enough confidence, and he now he is doing well."
Tasevac, a senior from Sarajevo, Bosnia, most recently captured a crucial singles victory for Utah in its 5-2 upset of 70th-ranked BYU. After netting an effortless 6-1 win in his first set against Cougar Andrey Goryachkov, he suffered a 6-7 (5) loss in the second. But, Tasevac returned valiantly in the third set and won, 7-5, to clinch the match-deciding point for the Utes.
Tasevac also teamed up with doubles partner Lane earlier in the match to secure the doubles point with an 8-5 win over Jeremy Bourgeois and Sterling Galli of BYU. He now holds a 7-2 record at the No. 2 singles position and is currently undefeated in doubles competition with Lane, holding a 9-0 record.
Tasevac and the 51st-ranked Utes enjoy a week off the courts and will return to action next weekend in Lincoln, Neb., to face No. 50 Nebraska and No. 65 Drake.