Utes Prepare to host No. 70 BYU

BYU-UTAHThe University of Utah men’s tennis team (8-2) will host rival No. 70 BYU (5-6) in the Deseret First Credit Duel Saturday, February 22 at 5 p.m. MT. FREE PIZZA will be served to fans during the break between doubles and singles play, and free t-shirts will be tossed to fans.

The Cougars are coming off a 6-1 loss to No. 53 San Diego State. BYU’s No. 91 Francis Sargeant is currently 9-1 in singles action at the top spot while on a five-match winning streak.

The Utes sit at 8-2 after defeating DePaul and losing to No. 52 Denver on the road last weekend. Junior Slim Hamza remains ranked at No. 87 and went undefeated last weekend in Denver, stringing together a four-match winning streak and improving to an 8-1 record at the top singles slot. Senior Devin Lane has improved to an 8-1 dual-match record and is currently on a six-match winning streak, as is sophomore Matt Cowley.

Assistant head coach Roeland Brateanu looks forward to the important match on Saturday: “It will obviously be a very tough and closely contested match. BYU always has a very tough team and we look forward to a great match.”

The match will be played in the regular college format, which means:
1. Doubles will be played in an 8-game pro-set with a tiebreaker at 7-7,
2. Singles will be a best-of-three tiebreak sets with a tiebreaker at 6-6,
3. Both singles and doubles will be played with regular deuce & ad scoring,
3. There will be a 3 minute warm up

Match Information:

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
First Serve: 5 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City
Court: Eccles Tennis Center
Parking and admission are free!

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