Utes Prepare for Three Road Matches in Colorado

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Match Information
Match Up: No. 59 Utah (7-3) @ No. 70 Denver (6-7)
Date: Friday, March 9, 2012
First Serve: 12 p.m. MT
Location: Denver, Colo.
Court: Gates Tennis Center

Match Up: No. 59 Utah vs Sacramento State (2-5, 1-0 Big Sky)
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
First Serve: 12 p.m. MT
Location: Denver, Colo.
Court: Gates Tennis Center

Match Up: No. 59 Utah @ Air Force (5-6, 0-1 MWC)
Date: Monday, March 12, 2012
First Serve: 10 a.m. MT
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Court: AFA Intercollegiate Tennis Courts

Denver Pioneers
The 70th-ranked Pioneers earned a 4-3 upset at No. 49 Northwestern last Sunday, which marked their third straight victory.

Sacramento State Hornets
The Hornets currently hold a 0-1 neutral site record, but will appear at Northern Colorado before meeting the Utes in Denver. In its last appearance, Sacramento State dropped a 4-1 decision to Nevada last Friday at home.

Air Force Falcons
The Falcons currently hold a 4-2 home record and face New Mexico State and New Mexico on the road before hosting Utah. In its last appearance, Air Force fell to conference-rival UNLV, 4-3, at home, which marked its fifth straight loss.

Team and Individual Notes
Last Time against Denver
The Utes upset No. 48 Denver, 5-2, at the Eccles Tennis Center in 2011. After Utah earned the doubles point, freshman Matt Cowley clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at the No. 5 singles position over Varun Gunaseelen.

Last Time against Sacramento State
Utah downed Sacramento State, 4-2, in Las Cruces, N.M., in 2008. Despite doubles play being canceled due to inclement weather, Jason Smits earned the match clinching point at the No. 4 singles spot, topping Holden Ching, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

Last Time against Air Force
The Utes blanked Air Force at the Liberty Park Tennis Center in 2011 to capture their first conference victory. Utah earned the doubles point in two sets, while Dmytro Mamedovdecided the match for Utah at 4-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at the No. 2 singles position.

Quick Hits

  • Utah currently holds a 6-2 region record, while going 1-3 against nationally ranked opponents.
  • Freshman Slim Hamza is currently on a five match winning streak, going 9-1 in dual matches.
  • Junior Dmytro Mamedov and freshman Devin Lane hold dual-match records of 8-2 after both splitting their singles contests last weekend against Seattle and Boise State.
  • Utah’s best singles records of 9-1 come from the Nos. 3 and 6 positions.
  • The Utes are currently 1-5 against ranked singles opponents.
  • Hamza and sophomore Devin Lane pair up in doubles for a nearly perfect 7-1 record.
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