Utes Squeak Past Air Force Falcons, 5-2

Junior Devin Lane clinched the match for the Utes from the No. 4 singles position.

Junior Devin Lane clinched the match for the Utes from the No. 4 singles position.

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men’s tennis team (4-0) captured a 5-2 victory over Air Force (3-2) Friday to improve to an undefeated record of 4-0. Junior Devin Lane clinched the match for Utah at the No. 4 singles position.

“It was a tough match today against a good Air Force team and we are very fortunate to come up with a win,” said head coach FD Robbins.

The Utes started the day off losing the doubles point, but quickly went up 2-1 in singles play with wins at the No. 5 and 2 positions. At No. 5 singles, junior Ben Tasevac vanquished Andy Jackson, 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Cedric Willems then followed with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Grant Taylor at the No. 2 singles position.

Air Force tied the match at 2-2 when Lance Wilhelm beat No. 85 ranked Dmytro Mamedov 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 1 position. But Utah regained the lead once again when Sophomore Rafael Davidian topped Ali Rizvi, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at the No. 6 slot.

Despite dropping the first set 6-7(5) to Alex Grubbs, Lane rallied to take the next two sets, 6-4, 7-6(4) to clinch the match for Utah at 4-2, while Junior Alejandro Medinilla posted Utah’s fifth point at the No. 3 slot in a tight 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4) victory over Steven Young.

DOUBLES COMPETITION:
#1. Wilhelm/Taylor (AFA) def. Willems/Tasevac (UU) 8-5
#2. Lane/Medinilla (UU) def. Jackson/Young 9-7
#3. Grubbs/Rizvi (AFA) def. Mamedov/Davidian (UU) 8-3
Order of finish: 3,1,2

SINGLES COMPETITION
#1. Lance Wilhelm (AFA) def. No. 85 Dmytro Mamedov (UU) 6-3, 6-3
#2. Cedric Willems (UU) def. Grant Taylor (AFA) 6-4, 6-1
#3. Alejandro Medinilla (UU) def. Steven Young (AFA) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4)
#4. Devin Lane (UU) def. Alex Grubbs (AFA) 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(4)
#5. Ben Tasevac (UU) def. Andy Jackson (AFA) 6-1, 6-0
#6. Rafael Davidian (UU) def. Ali Rizvi (AFA)
Order of finish: 5,2,1,6,4,3

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