Utes Fall to #3 UCLA, #2 USC

Salt Lake City – The 51st ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team (14-7, 2-4) fell to the 3rd ranked UCLA Bruins (18-2, 5-0) on Friday 4-0, and the 2nd ranked USC Trojans (23-2, 5-0) on Sunday 4-1.

Slim Hamza

Jr. Slim Hamza upset #7 Raymond Sarmiento (USC)

“We were outplayed by, probably, the best two teams in the nation this past weekend,” said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. “I thought we played some tough doubles and in both matches gave ourselves an opportunity to win the doubles point. Slim’s win over #7 Raymond Sarmiento was fantastic and hopefully gets him back in the ITA Singles Rankings.”

The Utes and Bruins battled for the doubles point. UCLA and Utah split at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, but UCLA’s tandem of Brymer/McDonald narrowly defeated Utah’s Cowley/Medinilla 8-7(5) at No. 3 doubles, thus clinching the doubles point for the Bruins.

In singles play, No. 62 Karue Sell beat Devin Lane at the #5 position, 6-2, 6-1. Cedric Willems fell to No. 92 Gage Brymer at the #5 spot, 6-0, 6-3. No. 3 Marcus Giron clinched the match for the Bruins after defeating Ben Tasevac 6-3, 6-2 at the #2 position. The remaining matches were suspended because the match was decided.

On Sunday the Utes dropped the doubles point to USC, losing at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The Trojans increased their lead to 2-0 after #94 Eric Johnson defeated Cedric Willems 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 4 position. In the first singles slot, Slim Hamza tallied the first point for Utah in a historic upset, winning over #7 Raymond Sarmiento 6-0, 6-2. Matt Cowley fell to #45 Johnny Wang at the No. 6 position and #17 Roberto Quiroz clinched the match for the Trojans after beating Senior Ben Tasevac 6-2, 6-4. Because the match was decided, the remaining singles matches were abandoned.

Utah will wrap up regular season play on Friday vs. Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

No. 3 UCLA 4, No. 51 Utah 0

Singles
1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) vs. Slim Hamza (UTAH), 6-4, 5-4, DNF
2. #3 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 6-3, 6-2
3. #21 Mackie McDonald (UCLA) vs. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH), 7-5, 1-3, DNF
4. #62 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH), 6-0, 6-3
5. #92 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Devin Lane (UTAH), 6-2, 6-1
6. Joseph DiGiulio (UCLA) vs. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 7-6(3), 2-3, DNF
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2


Doubles
1. #67 Giron/Sell (UCLA) def. Hamza/Willems (UTAH), 8-1
2. Tasevac/Lane (UTAH) def. Thompson/DiGiulio (UCLA), 8-5
3. McDonald/Brymer (UCLA) def. Medinilla/Cowley (UTAH), 8-7(5)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

No. 2 USC 4, No. 51 Utah 1

Singles
1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. #7 Raymond Sarmiento (USC), 6-0, 6-2
2. #17 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH), 6-2, 6-4
3. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) vs. #53 Max DeVroome (USC), 3-6, 5-4, DNF
4. #94 Eric Johnson (USC) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH), 6-2, 6-1
5. Devin Lane (UTAH) def. Michael Grant (USC), 4-6, 6-3, 0-1, DNF
6. #45 Johnny Wang (USC) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH), 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 6, 2

Doubles
1. Hamza/Willems (UTAH) vs. Johnson/DeVroome (USC), 6-7, DNF
2. Wang/Quiroz (USC) dev. Tasevac/Lane (UTAH), 8-7(2)
3. Sarmiento/Grant (USC) def. Medinilla/Cowley (UTAH), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2

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