For the 7th time this season Utah’s men’s tennis team posted a come-from-behind victory when it beat the University of Southern Mississippi 4-2. The Utes once again fell behind after doubles play, losing two of three doubles matches. Junior Alejandro Medinilla and senior Dmytro Mamedov won their doubles match 8-6 from the No. 2 position.
Down 0-1, Alejandro Medinilla made quick work of Ben Feldmann, 6-0, 6-0, while Devin Lane almost simultaneously beat Vasco Valverde 6-3, 6-0. But, the score was quickly tied at 2-2 when Dmytro Mamedov lost to Matt Frost from the No. 1 singles position 6-2, 6-1.
But, the remaining Utes were all in control of their matches. Ben Tasevac put the Utes back up in the lead with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 victory and Cedric Willems clinched the match with a 7-6(3), 7-6(5) victory from No. 5 singles. With the match clinched, sophomore Slim Hamza’s match was stopped, but the Ute was in the lead 7-6(5), 2-6, 3-0.
The match against the Golden Eagles was the last non-conference match in the 2012/2013 season. The Utes will host Oregon in Salt Lake City, Utah Friday March 29 at 1.30pm. Weather permitting the match will be played at Liberty Park Tennis.
Utah 4, Southern Miss. 2
#1. Goodwin/Frost (USM) def. Hamza/Lane (UU) 8-4
#2. Mamedov/Medinilla (UU) def. Valverde/Feldmann (USM) 8-6
#3. Escobar/Alvarado (USM) def. Tasevac/Willems (UU) 8-6
Order of finish: 1,2,3
#1. Matt Frost (USM) def. Dmytro Mamedov (UU) 6-2, 6-1
#2. Slim Hamza (UU) vs. Andrew Goodwin (USM) 7-6(5), 2-6, 3-0 DNF
#3. Alejandro Medinilla (UU) def. Ben Feldmann (USM) 6-0, 6-0
#4. Devin Lane (UU) def. Vasco Valverde (USM) 6-3, 6-0
#5. Cedric Willems (UU) def. Paulo Alvarado (USM) 7-6(3), 7-6(5)
#6. Ben Tasevac (UU) def. Brad Marriott (USM) 6-1, 4-6, 6-0
Order of finish: 3,4,1,6,5