The University of Utah men’s tennis team (7-1) came up victorious in another long day of tennis at the Eccles Tennis Center. The Utes beat UNLV (5-2) on Saturday, 4-3, improving to 7-1 on the season.
Utah won the doubles point for the second day in the row and went up 3-0 after Rafael Davidian and Ben Tasevac dismantled their opponents at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions. But, for the second day in a row, the match clincher would be decided in an all deciding match at No. 2 singles after Slim Hamza, Cedric Willems and Devin Lane failed to win their singles matches.
With the score tied at 3-3, senior captain Dmytro Mamedov beat Tamas Batyi 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 2 singles position.
The Utes will face their rival BYU (9-2) Saturday February 23rd at 5.30pm in Provo, Utah.
Utah 4, UNLV 3
#1. Hamza/Lane (UU) def. Schoeman/Matias (UNLV) 8-7(0)
#2. Medinilla/Mamedov (UU) vs. Markel/Batyi (UNLV) 6-6 unfinished
#3. Willems/Tasevac (UU) def. Di Laura/Berman (UNLV) 8-5
Order of finish: 3,1
#1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. No. 79 Slim Hamza (UU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(0)
#2. Dmytro Mamedov (UU) def. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
#3. Charlie Alvarado (UNLV) def. Cedric Willems (UU) 6-2, 6-4
#4. Gilad Berman (UNLV) def. Devin Lane (UU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
#5. Ben Tasevac (UU) def. Johannes Markel (UNLV) 6-1, 6-4
#6. Rafael Davidian (UU) def. Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 6,5,4,3,1,2