After the first day at the 2013 ITA Mountain Regional Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada, three Utes remain standing: Slim Hamza, Devin Lane and Ben Tasevac all qualified for the third round of the main draw.
The Utes started off spectacularly qualifying all seven players into the second round of the tournament, while only dropping one set. But Slim Hamza, Devin Lane and Ben Tasevac were the only Utes able to continue their momentum into the third round. Hamza, who enjoyed a bye in the first round, beat Matts Hegelund (New Mexico) 6-1, 7-6(2), while Devin Lane took care of Markus Schluetter (Montana State); 6-2, 6-3 in second round action. Hamza will play Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) and Devin Lane will play Garrett Patton (Boise State) tomorrow in the third round.
Ben Tasevac has been tearing it up at this year’s tournament, advancing to the third round dropping only an astonishing 5 total games. The Ute beat Vlad Shchetininn (Nevada) in the first round, 6-1, 6-1, and dismantled Matt Sweet (Utah State) in the second round, 6-2, 6-1. Tasevac will face Francis Sargeant (BYU) on Thursday.
In doubles action, No. 1 seeded Slim Hamza and Devin Lane had a bye in the first round. Cedric Willems and Cameron Lee advance to the 2nd round after beating Montana State’s Nicolas Brandes and Markus Schluetter 8-6. The doubles tandem of Alejandro Medinilla and Ben Tasevac were the only Ute doubles team to fall in the first round; losing to Ifthakar/Hignett (New Mexico) 8-3.
RESULTS DAY 1
Doubles 1st Round:
Hamza/Lane vs bye
Willems/Lee def. Brandes/Schluetter 8-6
Ifthakar/Hignett (New Mexico) def. Medinilla/Tasevac 8-3
Singles 1st Round:
Slim Hamza (3) vs. bye
Alejandro Medinilla (11) def. Matt Thatcher (Utah State) 6-1, 6-1
Cedric Willems (18) def. Oliver Good (Weber State) 6-2, 7-6(7)
Ben Tasevac (23) def. Vlad Shchetininn (Nevada) 6-1, 6-1
Devin Lane (32) def. Ryan Garner (Weber State) 6-3, 6-4
Cameron Lee def. Josh Goodwing (Idaho State) 6-3, 6-3
Justin Archer def. Anthony Trabert (Weber State) 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-3
Singles 2nd Round:
Slim Hamza (3) def. Matts Hegelund (New Mexico) 6-1, 7-6(2)
Ben Tasevac (23) def. Matt Sweet (Utah State) 6-2, 6-1
Devin Lane (32) def. Markus Schluetter (Montana State) 6-2, 6-3
Dennis Baumgartner (Utah State) def. Alejandro Medinilla (11) 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
Andrew Warren (Montana) def. Cedric Willems (18) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Artimey Nikitin (Idaho) def. Justin Archer 6-0, 6-2
Goldberg (New Mexico State) def. Cameron Lee 6-4, 3-6, 6-1