Utah Falls to No. 45 Drake

101013_m-tennis-0682Lincoln, Neb – The University of Utah men’s tennis team (10-3) was defeated by No. 45 Drake (8-4) Saturday night, 7-0. After upsetting N0. 44 Nebraska on Friday, the Utes struggled to maintain the momentum.

“After a great match against Nebraska last night, we had a complete off day today,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. “We served for the doubles point, but were unable to capitalize. After that, we were unable to match the intensity and energy of Drake.”

The Utes lost the doubles point to Drake after Lane/Taesevac were edged in a tiebreak. Drake quickly won at No. 2, 3, and 5 singles. Matt Cowley was the only Ute to win a set in singles play in a 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 loss to Mullis at the No. 6 slot. Cedric Willems also had a tight match at at the No. 4 spot, losing 7-6(2), 7-6(5), which sealed the sweep for Drake.

Utah is back on the road next week and will play UNLV and No. 72 Marquette in Las Vegas, Nev.

Singles:
1. Alen Salibasic (DU) def. No. 110 Slim Hamza (UTAH), 6-1, 7-6 (5)
2. Ben Lott (DU) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 6-1, 6-4
3. Robin Goodman (DU) def. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH), 6-1, 6-3
4. Matt Frost (DU) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5)
5. Ravi Patel (DU) def. Devin Lane (UTAH), 6-3, 6-2
6. Ben Mullis (DU) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 6-4, 3-6, 10-4
Order of Finish: 2,3,5,1,6,4

Doubles:
1. Goodman/Lott (DU) def. Hamza/Williams (UTAH), 8-3
2. Mullis/Salibasic (DU) def. Lane/Tasevac (UTAH), 8-7 (5)
3. Cowley/Medinilla (UTAH) def. Frost/Patel (DU), 8-3
Order of Finish: 1,3,2

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