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Utah Men's Tennis Opens Pac-12 Tournament against Arizona

Utah men's tennis gears up for the 2014 Pac-12 Championships.

Utah men's tennis gears up for the 2014 Pac-12 Championships.

April 22, 2014

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The 57th-ranked University of Utah men's tennis team gears up for the 2014 Pac-12 Conference Tennis Championships Wednesday, April 23-Saturday April 26. All rounds of the tournament, held in conjunction with the 114th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, will be played at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif.

“We look forward to playing the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. “The people of Ojai always do a terrific job hosting the tournament and we have played some great matches here the last two years. It’s a great opportunity for us to get some revenge against Arizona and to try to close out the season on a positive note.”

What & Where
The Pac-12's eight men's teams will be seeded based on won-lost percentages during regular-season conference play and the tournament will determine the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships. All rounds will be played at Libbey Park, with the championship match slated for Saturday at 4 p.m. PT. On Wednesday, matches between the Nos. 5 and 8 seeds and the nos. 6 and 7 seeds will open the tournament. The winners of those respective matches will play the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds Thursday in the second round. The Nos. 1 and 2 seeds advance directly to the semifinal round on Friday.

Watch Live
Pac-12 Networks will air the men's tennis championships on Sunday, April 27 tape-delayed at 5 p.m. PT. Results, recaps, photos and more will be posted online at utahutes.com and Pac-12.com.

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Pac-12 Men in National Rankings
Seven of eight men's teams are ranked in the ITA Top-75 national rankings, including four in the top 30. Seventeen Pac-12 singles players are ranked in the top 125 as well as eight doubles teams in the top 90.

#1 No. 1 USC (25-2, 7-0 Pac-12) #5 No. 57 Utah (14-8, 2-5 Pac-12)
#2 No. 5 UCLA (20-3, 6-1 Pac-12) #6 No. 66 Washington (11-12, 2-5 Pac-12)
#3 No. 27 Stanford (14-4, 5-2 Pac-12) #7 No. 49 Oregon (15-8, 1-6 Pac-12)
#4 No. 19 California (14-6, 4-3 Pac-12) #8 Arizona (12-14, 1-6 Pac-12)

MEN'S SINGLES TOP 125                                                       MEN'S DOUBLES TOP 90
1. Clay Thompson, UCLA                                         1. Ray Sarmiento/Yannick Hanfmann, USC
3. Marcos Giron, UCLA                                             13. Marcos Giron/Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA
10. Ray Sarmiento, USC                                          23. Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton, California
13. Yannick Hanfmann, USC                                    47. Marcos Giron/Karue Sell, UCLA
13. Yannick Hanfmann, USC                                    59. Kevin Farin/Robin Cambier, Oregon
33. Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA                                64. Nick Crystal/Michael Grant, USC
43. Roberto Quiroz, USC                                         79. Emmett Egger/Jeff Hawke, Washington
54. Jonny Wang, USC                                             85. Ben McLachlan/Andre Goransson, California
61. Ben McLachlan, California
69. Maciek Romanowicz, Stanford
78. Robin Cambier, Oregon
84. Slim Hamza, Utah
85. Max de Vroome, USC
93. Gage Brymer, UCLA
100. Karue Sell, UCLA
103. John Morrissey, Stanford
114. Emmett Egger, Washington
119. Michael Grant, USC

Team and Individual Notes
Last Time at the Pac-12 Championships

The sixth-seeded Utes fell in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Pac-12 Championships to the third-seeded Golden Bears, 5-0, at Libbey Park. Then-juniors Alejandro Medinilla and Devin Lane each put in a solid effort in singles action, taking their matches at the Nos. 3 and 4 respective positions to three sets.

Last Time Out
Utah was upset on the road at Arizona by a score of 4-1 last weekend. Despite the loss, sophomore Matt Cowley went undefeated in both singles and doubles action, and netted Utah's point at the No. 6 singles slot.

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