TUCSON, Ariz – The University of Utah men’s tennis team (12-11, 1-6 Pac-12) netted its first conference victory in history Saturday against Arizona (5-17, 0-7 Pac-12) at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. After be so close during most of the year, the Utes managed to clinch the doubles point and four singles victories for the 5-2 win in the blazing heat in Arizona.
Senior Benito Suriano and junior Dmytro Mamedov then earned Utah the doubles point when the duo bested Sebastian Ionescu and Sumeet Shinde, 8-6. With the doubles point already decided, sophomore Alejandro Medinilla and freshman Ace Matias’s match at the No. 3 position against Andre Vidaller and Mario Urquidi was then left unfinished at 7-6.
Going into singles play with a 1-0 lead, Hamza downed Shinde at the third slot, 6-3, 6-0, to post Utah’s second point. Senior Captain Benito Suriano earned his first conference victory at the #1 singles position, topping Vidaller, 6-4, 6-3, extending the Utes’ lead to 3-0.
Freshman Rafael Davidian then suffered a 6-3, 6-3 loss at the No. 4 spot to Bermudez, making the score 3-1. Arizona then saw their second point when Lane dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Kieren Thompson at the No. 5 slot.
Utah then captured the match clinching point with a tight 6-3, 7-6(5) victory from Medinilla at the No. 6 position over Ionescu. Despite dropping the first set 3-6, Mamedov managed to take the second and third sets over Urquidi at the No. 2 slot, 6-3, 6-1, respectively, to complete Utah’s win at 5-2.
Catch the Utes back in action at the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif., Wednesday.
1. Suriano/Mamedov (Utah) def. Shinde/Ionescu (UA), 8-6
2. Matias/Medinillia (Utah) def. Vidaller/Urquidi (UA), (7-6, unfinished.)
3. Hamza/Lane (Utah) def. Chen/Bermudez (UA), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Benito Suriano (Utah) def.Andre Vidaller(UA), 6-4, 6-3
2. Dmyrto Mamedov (Utah) def.Mario Urquidi(UA), 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Slim Hamza (Utah) def.Sumeet Shinde(UA), 6-3, 6-0
4.Carlos Bermudez(UA) def. Rafael Davidian (Utah), 6-3, 6-3
5.Kieren Thompson(UA) def. Devin Lane (Utah), 6-3, 6-3
6. Alejandro Medinilla (Utah) def.Sebastian Ionescu(UA), 6-2, 7-6 (5)
Order of finish: 3, 1, 4, 5, 6, 2