The University of Utah men’s tennis team (11-7, 1-1 Pac-12) battled No. 29 Washington (14-6, 2-0 Pac-12) on Easter Sunday only to come up one match short, losing 4-3.
On a beautiful sunny day in Salt Lake City, Washington took an early lead by winning the doubles point. But the Utes, not unfamiliar in losing the doubles point this year, were not able to recover from their poor play in doubles this time around.
Slim Hamza got some revenge for a closely contested loss to Marton Bots last year, winning in a tough 3-set match and Cedric Willems continues his winning ways from the No. 5 singles position. He is no undefeated in his last 8 appearances, dating back to the Boise State match. Ben Tasevac continues to impress from the No. 6 singles position, beating Jeff Hawke in a 3-set thriller.
Next up for the Utes is a tough road trip to Southern California to face No. 3 UCLA and No. 2 USC.
Utah 3, No. 29 Washington 4
#1. Lane/Hamza (UU) vs. McMorrow/Bots (UW) 4-6 DNF
#2. Hawke/Egger (UW) def. Medinilla/Mamedov 8-3
#3. Manthou/Bardhart (UW) def. Tasevac/Willems (UU) 8-5
Order of finish: 2,3
#1. No. 21 Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Dmytro Mamedov (UU) 6-1, 6-1
#2. Slim Hamza (UU) def. Marton Bots (UW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
#3. Max Manthou (UW) def. Alejandro Medinilla 6-4, 6-3
#4. Emmett Egger (UW) def. Devin Lane (UU) 6-4, 7-5
#5. Cedric Willems (UU) def. Viktor Farkas (UW) 7-6 (4), 7-6(3)
#6. Ben Tasevac (UU) def. Jeff Hawke (UW) 3-6, 7-5, 14-12
Order of finish: 1,3,4,2,5,6