#53 Utah Rallies, Defeats UNLV

Senior Devin Lane

Senior Devin Lane

Las Vegas, Nev. – The 53rd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (11-3) edged the UNLV Rebels (4-7, 0-1 MWC) Thursday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. The Utes fell behind 1-3 but fought back to win 4-3.

“We are very fortunate to come up with a win today,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. “We started very slowly today and UNLV fought very hard, but the bottom of our line up came up big for us today.”

After losing the doubles point, Sophomore Matt Cowley evened the score at 1-1 by defeating Ozzy Abraham 6-2, 6-2.  Senior Slim Hamza and Junior Ben Tasevac fell at #1 and #2 singles respectively. The Utes found themselves down 1-3, but Freshman Patrick Mayer chipped away at the Rebels lead, defeating Jakob Amilon 7-6(3) 6-4. Senior captain Alejandro Medinilla equalized the match after winning 6-4, 7-6 (6) over Willie Sublette. Senior Devin Lane came through in the clutch for Utah; despite losing the second set, Lane clinched the match for the Utes, winning 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-2.

The Utes are back in action today and will play No. 70 Marquette at 10 a.m. at Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

#53 Utah 4, UNLV 3

1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Slim Hamza (UU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Denys Pume (UNLV) def. Ben Tasevac (UU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Alejandro Medinilla (UU) def. Willie Sublette (UNLV) 6-4, 7-6 (6)
4. Devin Lane (UU) def. Dimitar Petrov (UNLV) 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-2
5. Matt Cowley (UU) def. Ozzy Abraham (UNLV) 6-2, 6-2
6. Patrick Mayer (UU) def. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) 7-6(3), 6-4
Order of finsh: 5, 1, 2, 6, 3, 4

1. Pume/Matias (UNLV) def. Willems/Hamza (UU) 8-4
2. Petrov/Amilon (UNLV) def.  Tasevac/Lane (UU) 8-5
3. Sublette/Abraham (UNLV) def. Medinilla/Cowley (UU) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3



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