On the first day of the 2013 Utah Intercollegiate Tournament four Utes were victorious and continue into the semifinals of the red and black draws.
No. 84 ranked and No. 1 seeded Slim Hamza handily beat Weber State’s Matt Sweet, 6-0, 6-1, while Ben Tasevac beat Jacob Sullivan (BYU) 6-2, 6-1. Hamza will now face Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) and Tasevac will play BYU’s Francis Sargeant in semifinal action. Both matches are scheduled for Friday at 10am.
In the black group, second seeded Alejandro Medinilla beat Matt Pearce (BYU), 6-0, 3-1 ret. Medinilla will play Weber State’s Caio Poitena in the semfinals Friday at 10am. Devin Lane received a bye as the No. 1 seed and will play Juan Canales (BYU) Friday at 10am.
In doubles action, Utah went three for four today. Utah’s top doubles team of Hamza/Lane won both their matches in Group A today, beating Galli/Sullivan (BYU), 8-4, and Utah’s Willems/Lee, 8-4. In Group B doubles action, Medinilla/Tasevac started slow, but were able to overcome Utah State’s Harlow/Wearmouth 8-4.
Doubles action in both groups will continue Friday at 9am.
Cedric Willems (red group), Cameron Lee (black group) and Justin Archer (White Group) each lost their first round match ups and will continue to compete for the numbers five through eight positions in each group. Willems will play Matt Sweet (Weber State) and Archer will play Dylan Harlow from Utah State. Both matches are scheduled for 11.30am. Lee won’t see singles action on Friday as he receives a bye.
Although the weather forced matches to be moved indoors to the Eccles Tennis Center today, all of Friday’s matches are scheduled for outdoor competition at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy. Play is set to begin at 9am.