#59 Utes lose Thriller to #35 Boise State

SALT LAKE CITY – The 59th-ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team suffered a tough 4-3 loss at the hands of No.35 Boise State Saturday at the Eccles Tennis Center. After dropping the doubles point, sophomore Alejandro Medinilla and freshmen Slim Hamza and Rafael Davidian posted individual wins from the Nos. 6, 3, and 5 positions, respectively.

“The guys put out a great effort today,” said head coach F.D. Robbins. “We played good enough in singles to win. But if we want to win these types of matches, we need to play better in doubles.”

In doubles play, Medinilla and freshman Ace Matias dropped an 8-4 decision to Damian Hume and Scott Sears at the No. 2 position. Boise State then secured the doubles point when senior Benito Suriano and junior Dmytro Mamedov were then defeated, 8-6, by James Meredith and Nathan Sereke at the top spot.

Hamza and sophomore Devin Lane then suffered a hard-fought 9-8(2) loss to Andrew Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin.

With the Broncos up by one going into singles, Medinilla, back in the starting line up for the first time since February 4, tied the score at one apiece when he downed Garrett Patton, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 6 slot.

Shortly after Davidian, who played for the first time in his career from the No. 5 position, put the Utes up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sears.

Suriano then dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to 60th-ranked Meredith at the top spot, tying the score at 2-2.

From the No. 4 position Lane then gave a solid effort recovering from a first set loss, but was unable to capitalize after leading 5-2 in the second set. He ultimately fell to Sereke, 6-3, 7-6(4), making the score 3-2, in favor of Boise State.

Mamedov was then defeated by 59th-ranked Hume, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot, deciding the match in favor of Boise State at 4-2.

Hamza then topped Andrew Betttles at the third slot, 7-6(2), 6-2.

Utah hits the road for a trio of road matches next weekend. The team faces No. 70 ranked Denver and Sacramento State at Denver, followed by Air Force in Colorado Springs.

SINGLES COMPETITION
1. #60 James Meredith (BSU) def. Benito Suriano (UTAH) 6-3, 6-3
2. #59 Damien Hume (BSU) def. Dmytro Mamedov (UTAH) 6-3, 6-2
3. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Andrew Bettles (BSU) 7-6(4), 6-1
4. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Devin Lane (UTAH) 6-2, 7-6(4)
5. Rafael Davidian (UTAH) def. Scott Sears (BSU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) def. Garrett Patton (BSU) 6-2, 6-4

DOUBLES COMPETITION
1. Meredith/Sereke (BSU) def. Suriano/Mamedov (UTAH) 8-6
2. Hume/Sears (BSU) def. Medinilla/Matias (UTAH) 8-4
3. Bettles/Pogostkin (BSU) def. Lane/Hamza (UTAH) 9-8(2)

MATCH NOTES
Boise State 9-4; National Ranking #35
University of Utah 7-3; National Ranking #59
Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3) Singles (6, 5, 1, 4, 2, 3)

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