#16 Cal Slips by #52 Utah

101013_m-tennis-0739Salt Lake City – The 52nd ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (12-5, 0-2) fell to 16th ranked California(12-3, 2-0), 4-2, Sunday at the Eccles Tennis Center in a closely contested match. 

“This weekend was a good lesson that if you want to beat a good team, you have to play well from start to finish,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. “We started off really well today, played some great doubles and won four 1st sets in singles, but we couldn’t get over the hump to get the team victory.”

The Utes started the match excelling in doubles play. Utah’s Slim Hamza and Cedric Willems knocked off  No. 67 ranked McLachlan/Goransson, 8-4. Alejandro Medinilla and Matt Cowley sealed the doubles point for the Ute’s after defeating Bayane and Houghton, 8-6.

Cedric Willems put the Utes up 2-0 after winning over Andre Goranasson 6-2, 6-4 at the #4 singles position. No. 70 Ben McLachlan of Cal edged Slim Hamza 6-3, 7-6(7) at the #1 position to give the Bears their first point. Despite winning the first set at #2, #3, and #6 singles positions, the Ute’s ultimately lost those points to Cal, clinching the match at 4-2 for the Bears.

Utah hits the road next weekend and will face No. 27 Oregon and Washington in Pac-12 play.

No. 16 Cal 4, No. 52 Utah 2

1. #70 Ben McLachlan (CAL) def. Slim Hamza (UTAH), 6-3, 7-6(7) 
2. #89 Campbell Johnson (CAL) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 
3. Flilip Bergevi (CAL) def. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-0 
4. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Andre Goransson (CAL), 6-2, 6-4 
5. Gregory Bayane (CAL) vs. Devin Lane (UTAH), 7-5, 6-7(4), 1-4, dnf 
6. Mads Engsted (CAL) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-0 
Order of Finish: 4,1,3,2,6

1. Hamza/Willems (UTAH) def. #67 McLachlan/Goransson (CAL), 8-4 
2. Engsted/Bergevi (CAL) vs. Lane/Tasevac (UTAH), 7-7, dnf 
3. Medinilla/Cowley (UTAH) def. Bayane/Houghton (CAL), 8-6 
Order of Finish: 1, 3



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