#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!

Live Stats

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#51 Utah Hosts #3 UCLA and #2 USC

The 51st ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (14-5, 2-2) will play its final two home matches of the season this weekend, facing #3 UCLA (17-2, 4-0) and #2 USC (22-2, 4-0) in Pac-12 play. Utah hosts UCLA on Friday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. MT and USC on Senior Day, Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m. MT. Both matches will be played at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy, weather permitting.Vs. UCLA

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to measure ourselves with the very best teams in college tennis,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. “It looks like we will have some fantastic weather, so we would like to encourage all of our fans to join us at Coach Mike’s on Senior Weekend to honor and encourage Alejandro Medinilla, Ben Tasevac and Devin Lane one more time.”

No. 3 UCLA features five ranked singles players: No. 1 Clay Thompson, No. 3 Marcos Giron, No. 21 Mackenzie McDonald, No. 62 Gage Brymer and No. 92 Karue Sell. 

No. 2 USC has six ranked singles players who are all undefeated in conference play: No. 7 Ray Sarmiento, No. 17 Yannick Hanfmann, No. 46 Jonny Wang, No. 53 Roberto Quiroz, No. 94 Max de Vroome and No. 107 Michael Grant.Vs. USC

Utah is coming off a perfect road trip, clinching wins over #27 Oregon and Washington. Seniors Alejandro Medinilla, Ben Tasevac, and Devin Lane will all be honored on Sunday’s match vs USC.

On Tuesday, Junior Slim Hamza was named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

Against #3 UCLA
Date: Friday, April 11
First Serve: 1:30 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City
Court: Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy (weather permitting)
Coverage: Live Stats

Against #2 USC
Date: Sunday, April 13
First Serve: 11 a.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City
Court: Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy (weather permitting)
Coverage: Live Stats

Matches will be played at the Eccles Tennis Center in the case of inclement weather. 


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Slim Hamza Receives Pac-12 Honor

101013_m-tennis-0190Junior Slim Hamza has been named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week. It marks the second time that Hamza claims Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.

Assistant coach Roeland Brateanu commended Hamza, “We are very happy for Slim and proud of his accomplishments on the court this weekend against Oregon and Washington.”

Slim led his team to two road victories this last weekend at the No. 1 singles position. Hamza won a crucial three-set win over No. 110 Robin Cambier of 27th ranked Oregon last Friday, and he closed out the road trip with another three-set victory over Washington’s Emmett Egger.

It’s the first time in Utah history that two different players receive Pac-12 Player of the Week honors in the same season. Ben Tasevac received the honor in late January.

Hamza, Tasevac and the Utes will host #3 UCLA on Friday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. MT and #2 USC on Sunday, April 13 at 11 a.m. MT. on Senior Day.

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No. 58 Utah Upends Washington, 4-2

Senior Captain Alejandro Medinilla

Senior Captain Alejandro Medinilla

Seattle, Wash. - The University of Utah men’s tennis team (14-5, 2-2) clinched their second Pac-12 victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Washington Huskies(10-10, 1-3) on the road, 4-2.

“We played yet another competitive match and came up with a great win on the road over a solid Washington Huskies team,” said Assistant Coach Roeland Brateanu.

The Utes started the day strong, clinching the doubles point behind wins at the #1 and #3 positions. Washington evened the score at 1-1, after Max Manthou defeated Senior Ben Tasevac  6-1, 6-2 at the 2nd singles position. Michael Chamerski put the Huskies up 2-1 after getting past Matt Cowley at the #6 position, 6-3, 6-4.

Cedric Willems tied the match after winning at the #4 position 7-5, 6-4 over Jeff Hawke. Slim Hamza rallied at the top spot to edge Emmet Egger 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, putting the Utes ahead 3-2. Senior captain Alejandro Medinilla clinched the road victory for Utah after defeating Gal Hakak 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 at the #3 position. Devin Lane‘s match against Viktor Farkas was suspended because the match was decided.

Utah hosts #5 UCLA on Friday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. MT and #1 USC on Sunday, April 13 at 11 am MT. Ben TasevacAlejandro Medinilla, and Devin Lane will all be honored on Senior Day, against USC.

#58 Utah 4, Washington 2

 #1 Hamza/Willems (Utah) def. Egger/Hawke, 8-6
#2 Farkas/Manthou def. Tasevac/Lane (Utah), 8-6
#3 Cowley/Medinilla (Utah) def. Chamerski/Watanabe, 8-7 (10-8)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

#1 Slim Hamza (Utah) def. Emmett Egger, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
#2 Max Manthou def. Ben Tasevac (Utah), 6-1, 6-2
#3 Alejandro Medinilla (Utah) def. Gal Hakak, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
#4 Cedric Willems (Utah) def. Jeff Hawke, 7-5, 6-4
#5 Viktor Farkas vs. Devin Lane (Utah), 7-6, 5-7, 2-1, DNF.
#6 Michael Chamerski def. Matt Cowley (Utah), 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 4, 1, 3

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No. 58 Utes Upset No. 27 Oregon Ducks

Utah Men's TennisIn their hunt for an NCAA tournament ticket, the University of Utah men’s tennis team (13-5, 1-2 Pac-12) did themselves a huge favor by beating No. 27 Oregon (14-4, 0-3 Pac-12), 4-2, in Eugene, Oregon for their first Pac-12 win of the season. Since joining the Pac-12, the Utes are now 4-1 over the Ducks, having won the last four consecutive meetings between the two teams.

“We played some really good tennis today and upset a very good Oregon team on the road.,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. “After losing the doubles point, we didn’t panic, weathered the storm and competed very well. We showed that we learned from last week’s matches against Stanford and Cal and put ourselves back in the hunt for a spot in the NCAA tournament.”

Utah started the day off slow, losing the doubles point and Daniel Sardu put the Oregon Ducks up 2-0 after beating Cedric Willems in straight sets. But, the Utes battled hard and evened the score with wins by Devin Lane and Slim Hamza.

With the score tied, the remaining three matches went back and forth, all three of them going three sets. Ben Tasevac  eventually put Utah up 3-2, with a 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles and Matt Cowley clinched the win for the Utes with his first ever Pac-12 singles win, beating Jayson Amos 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(5).

The Utes will travel to Seattle, Washington tomorrow to face the University of Washington on Sunday at 11am.

No. 58 University of Utah 4, No. 27 University of Oregon 2

No. 1 Farin/Cambier (ORE) def. Hamza/Willems (UTAH) 8-5
No. 2 Lane/Tasevac (UTAH) vs. Swaysland/Maasland (ORE) 2-7 DNF
No. 3 Amos/Sardu (ORE) def. Medinilla/Cowley (UTAH) 8-5
Order of finish: 1,3

No. 1 Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. #103 Robin Cambier (ORE) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
No. 2 Ben Tasevac  (UTAH) def. Kevin Farin (ORE) 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-4
No. 3 Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) vs. Daan Maasland (ORE) 7-5, 3-6, 6-5 DNF
No. 4 Daniel Sardu (ORE) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 Devin Lane  (UTAH) def. Joey Swaysland (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Jayson Amos (ORE) 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(5)
Order of finish: 4,5,1,2,6

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