Utes Win Season Opener 6-1

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SALT LAKE CITY – The 75th-ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (1-0) netted a victory in its season opener Saturday against the Weber State Wildcats by a score of 6-1 at the Eccles Tennis Center. After the Utes swept in doubles play, junior Slim Hamza clinched the match at 4-0 for the Utes from the No. 1 singles spot.

In doubles action, senior Devin Lane teamed up with freshman newcomer David Papis-Elon to clinch the doubles point at the No. 3 position, topping James Smith and Caio Poitena 6-5(0).

At the No. 1 spot, juniors Hamza and Cedric Willems were the first Utes to come up with a doubles win with a 6-4 win over Oliver Good and Sanjay Goswami.

Senior Alejandro Medinilla and sophomore Matt Cowley  downed Todd Fought and Jakub Gewert at the second slot, 6-3, to capture the doubles point for Utah.

Heading into singles action up 1-0, Utah maintained the winning momentum as Willems topped Poitena 6-5(2), 6-2 at the No. 3 slot. Senior Ben Tasevac followed up with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Fought at the second position.

With the score now at 3-0, Hamza chalked up Utah’s fourth point of the match at the top spot, defeating Gewert, 6-1, 6-4. Freshman Patrick Mayer made his collegiate debut at the No. 6 slot and defeated Goswami, 6-4, 6-5(1).

Despite dropping the first set 4-6, senior Devin Lane put the Utes up 6-0 from the No. 5 position after rallying back in the second and third sets and capturing a 6-1, 6-2 win. Cowley, appearing at the fourth spot, netted the first set 5-6(9), but could not take the following sets, falling to Good, 6-4, 6-4.

Utah hits the road for a pair of matches next weekend against Cal Poly and New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.

No. 75 Utah 6, Weber State 1
Doubles
1. Hamza/Willems (UTAH) def. Good/Goswami (WSU): 6-4
2. Medinilla/Cowley (UTAH) def. Fought/Gewert (WSU): 6-3
3. Lane/Papis-Elon (UTAH) def. Poitena/Smith (WSU): 6-5(0)
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles
1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Jakub Gewert (WSU): 6-1, 6-4
2. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) def. Todd Fought (WSU): 6-4, 6-2
3. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Caio Poitena (WSU): 6-5(2), 6-1
4. Oliver Good (WSU) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH): 5-6(9), 6-4, 6-4
5. Devin Lane (UTAH) def. Landon Barlow (WSU): 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Patrick Mayer (UTAH) def. Sanjay Goswami (WSU): 6-4, 6-5(1)
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1, 6, 5, 4

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