Utes top Arizona to Earn First Ever Pac-12 Victory

Senior Benito Suriano led the way for the Utes with a singles and doubles victory over the University of Arizona

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.

In doubles play, the Utes came out strong with a quick 8-4 win at the No. 3 position where sophomore Devin Lane and freshman Slim Hamzatopped Frank Chen and Carlos Bermudez.

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

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