Utah Advances to Pac-12 Quarterfinals

Senior Ben TasevacOjai, CA. - The No. 5 seeded University of Utah men’s tennis team (15-8, 3-5 Pac-12) advanced to the second round of the Pac-12 Conference Championships after sweeping No. 8 seeded Arizona, 4-0. The Utes will face 4th seeded California tomorrow, April 24 at 11 a.m. PT in the quarterfinal round.

“We competed very well from the start until the finish on every court today,” said Assistant Coach Roeland Brateanu, “We did a good job jumping on Arizona in doubles and carried the momentum into singles.”

The Utes cruised to clinch the doubles point. The tandems of Hamza/Willems and Tasevac/Lane outplayed their opponents at the No.1 and No. 2 doubles positions respectively, earning the Utes the much desired doubles point.

Senior Ben Tasevac kept the momentum in Utah’s favor at the No. 2 spot. After breezing to a 6-0, 3-0 lead, Arizona’s Naoki Takeda retired. Matt Cowley downed Robin Chou of Arizona 6-1, 6-2 to give the Utes a 3-0 lead. Slim Hamza then clinched the match for Utah after defeating Kieran Thompson at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-1. The remaining matches were suspended because the match was decided.

Utah, ranked 57th in the latest ITA rankings, and the 18th ranked  California Golden Bears will face each other for the second time this year. The Utes fell to California in Salt Lake City last month, 4-2, after leading for the majority of the match. Live scoring and more information on the Pac-12 Conference Championships can be accessed here.

No. 5 Utah def. No. 8 Arizona, 4-0

1. Hamza/Willems (UTAH) def. Takeda/Shinde (ARIZ), 8-6
2. Tasevac/Lane (UTAH) def. Urquidi/Thompson (ARIZ), 8-2
3. Dunn/James (ARIZ) vs. Cowley/Medinilla (UTAH), 5-5 unfinished
Order of Finish: 2,1

1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Kieran Thompson (ARIZ) 6-4, 6-1
2. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) vs. Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) 6-0, 3-0 ret.
3. Alejandro Medinilla  (UTAH) vs. Sumeet Shinde (UTAH) 6-4, 5-4 unfinished
4. Cedric Willems (UTAH) vs. Mario Urquidi (ARIZ) 7-6(4), 2-6, 2-0 unfinished
5. Will Kneale (ARIZ) vs. Devin Lane (UTAH) 7-5, 5-4 unfinished
6. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Robin Chou (ARIZ) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2,6,1

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Utes Travel to Pac-12 Championships

Senior Alejandro Medinilla

Senior Alejandro Medinilla

The 53rd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (14-8, 2-5) will open the Pac-12 Conference Championships seeded 5th and will play 8th seeded Arizona (12-14, 1-6) on Wednesday, April 23rd at 11 a.m. PT. The tournament will be held in Ojai, California at Libbey Park.

“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.”

Utah dropped their final conference match of the season against Arizona in Tucson last Friday, 4-1, but remained 5th in the final Pac-12 standings. It marks the highest final conference ranking for the Utes since joining the Pac-12 almost 3 years ago.

If the Utes are succesfull in defeating Arizona, they will play 16th ranked and No. 4 seeded California (14-6, 4-3) on Thursday at 11 a.m. PT in the quarterfinals.

Teams are seeded by win-loss percentages from regular season Conference play. The winning team in the Pac-12 Conference Championships will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. For more information on the Pac-12 Championships, including TV time for the finals, click here.



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#53 Utah Upset by Arizona

Tucson, Az. - The 53rd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (14-8, 2-5) fell to the Arizona Wildcats (12-14, 1-6) on Friday, 4-1.

“To have worked this hard all season long and have the regular season come to an end like this is very, very disappointing,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu, “We simply did not compete today and that is unacceptable.”

The Utes got off to a rough start at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, losing the doubles point, as Arizona won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Down 0-1,  at the No. 3 position Senior Alejandro Medinilla was defeated by Arizona’s Sumeet Shinde, 6-3, 6-1. Mario Urquidi widened the Wildcat’s lead defeating Cedric Willems at the No. 4 position, 6-2, 6-4.

Matt Cowley put the Utes on the board at the No. 6 position after cruising by Robin Chou, 6-4, 6-3. Arizona created an insurmountable deficit after Naoki Takeda downed Senior Ben Tasevac at the No. 2 spot, 6-2, 6-3. Because Arizona clinched match, play at No. 1 and No. 5 singles was suspended.

Despite the loss, the Utes finish 5th in the 2014 Pac-12 regular season standings. Their highest finish since joining the Pac-12.

Utah will head to Ojai, Cal. for the Pac-12 Championships and will get a chance for some revenge when the Utes face the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday April 23 at 11.00AM PT.

Arizona 4, #53 University of Utah 1

1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) vs. Kieren Thompson (ARIZ), 1-6, 6-0, 2-0 DNF
2. Naoki Takeda (ARIZ) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) 6-2, 6-3
3. Sumeet Shinde (ARIZ) def. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) 6-3, 6-1
4. Mario Urquidi (ARIZ) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-2, 6-4
5. Devin Lane (UTAH) vs. Will Kneale (ARIZ) 6-3, 2-5 DNF
6. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Robin Chou (ARIZ) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3,4,6,2

1. Shinde/Takeda (ARIZ) def. Hamza/Willems (UTAH) 8-5
2. Urquidi/Thompson (ARIZ) def. Tasevac/Lane (UTAH) 8-2
3. Cowley/Medinilla (UTAH) def. Dunn/James (ARIZ) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2,3,1

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Live Stats vs Arizona

The 53rd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (17-4, 2-4) will close out their regular season today versus the Arizona Wildcats (11-14, 0-6) in Tucson, AZ. The match is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT. Live scoring can be accessed here.

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#53 Utes Close Out Regular Season in Arizona

The 53rd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (14-7, 2-4) will play their final regular season match of the season against the University of Arizona (11-14, 0-6) in Tucson, AZ on Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. PT.

The Utes are coming off two tough losses against #2 USC and #3 UCLA and look to rebound before heading into the 2014 Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, California next week.

“Tucson is a tough place to play and the Arizona Wildcats will be hungry to earn a Pac-12 win, especially on senior day. We’ll have to prepare well and play some very good tennis,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu.

The Utes currently rank 5th in the Pac-12 and are looking to secure that conference standing in Tucson.

Junior Slim Hamza is ranked 78th in the nation in the latest ITA Singles Rankings after defeating 7th ranked Ray Sarmiento (USC) last Sunday.


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Utes Fall to #3 UCLA, #2 USC

Salt Lake City - The 51st ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (14-7, 2-4) fell to the 3rd ranked UCLA Bruins (18-2, 5-0) on Friday 4-0, and the 2nd ranked USC Trojans (23-2, 5-0) on Sunday 4-1.

Slim Hamza

Jr. Slim Hamza upset #7 Raymond Sarmiento (USC)

“We were outplayed by, probably, the best two teams in the nation this past weekend,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. “I thought we played some tough doubles and in both matches gave ourselves an opportunity to win the doubles point. Slim’s win over #7 Raymond Sarmiento was fantastic and hopefully gets him back in the ITA Singles Rankings.”

The Utes and Bruins battled for the doubles point. UCLA and Utah split at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, but UCLA’s tandem of Brymer/McDonald narrowly defeated Utah’s Cowley/Medinilla 8-7(5) at No. 3 doubles, thus clinching the doubles point for the Bruins.

In singles play, No. 62 Karue Sell beat Devin Lane at the #5 position, 6-2, 6-1. Cedric Willems fell to No. 92 Gage Brymer at the #5 spot, 6-0, 6-3. No. 3 Marcus Giron clinched the match for the Bruins after defeating Ben Tasevac 6-3, 6-2 at the #2 position. The remaining matches were suspended because the match was decided.

On Sunday the Utes dropped the doubles point to USC, losing at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The Trojans increased their lead to 2-0 after #94 Eric Johnson defeated Cedric Willems 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 4 position. In the first singles slot, Slim Hamza tallied the first point for Utah in a historic upset, winning over #7 Raymond Sarmiento 6-0, 6-2. Matt Cowley fell to #45 Johnny Wang at the No. 6 position and #17 Roberto Quiroz clinched the match for the Trojans after beating Senior Ben Tasevac 6-2, 6-4. Because the match was decided, the remaining singles matches were abandoned.

Utah will wrap up regular season play on Friday vs. Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

No. 3 UCLA 4, No. 51 Utah 0

1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) vs. Slim Hamza (UTAH), 6-4, 5-4, DNF
2. #3 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 6-3, 6-2
3. #21 Mackie McDonald (UCLA) vs. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH), 7-5, 1-3, DNF
4. #62 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH), 6-0, 6-3
5. #92 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Devin Lane (UTAH), 6-2, 6-1
6. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA) vs. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 7-6(3), 2-3, DNF
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2

1. #67 Giron/Sell (UCLA) def. Hamza/Willems (UTAH), 8-1
2. Tasevac/Lane (UTAH) def. Thompson/DiGiulio (UCLA), 8-5
3. McDonald/Brymer (UCLA) def. Medinilla/Cowley (UTAH), 8-7(5)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

No. 2 USC 4, No. 51 Utah 1

1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. #7 Raymond Sarmiento (USC), 6-0, 6-2
2. #17 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 6-2, 6-4
3. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) vs. #53 Max DeVroome (USC), 3-6, 5-4, DNF
4. #94 Eric Johnson (USC) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH), 6-2, 6-1
5. Devin Lane (UTAH) def. Michael Grant (USC), 4-6, 6-3, 0-1, DNF
6. #45 Johnny Wang (USC) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 6, 2

1. Hamza/Willems (UTAH) vs. Johnson/DeVroome (USC), 6-7, DNF
2. Wang/Quiroz (USC) dev. Tasevac/Lane (UTAH), 8-7(2)
3. Sarmiento/Grant (USC) def. Medinilla/Cowley (UTAH), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2

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Senior Day

Vs. USCToday’s match vs. #2 USC will be played at the Eccles Tennis Center. Come support the Seniors in their final home match at 11 am MT!

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