Utah Falls to Cal in Pac-12 Conference Championships

Ojai, CA – The 57th ranked University of Utah men’s tennis team’s Pac-12 Championship run ended Thursday against 16th ranked California in the quarterfinal-round. The Golden Bears, seeded No. 4 in the tournament, beat No. 5 seeded Utah, 4-0.

California gained an early lead by taking the doubles point. The Bears won at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, 8-3 and 8-5 respectively.

Utah struggled to gain traction in singles as Campbell Johnson of Cal defeated Senior Ben Tasevac 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. Up 2-0, No. 84 Slim Hamza fell to No. 61 Ben McLachlan at the No. 1 postion, 6-3, 6-2. Andre Goransson clinched the match for the Golden Bears beating Cedric Willems 6-4, 6-2. After Cal secured the overall match at 4-0, the remaining matches were abandoned.

Utah finishes the 2014 season with a 15-9 (3-6, Pac-12) record.

No. 3 California def. No. 5 Utah, 4-0

Doubles
1. No. 23 Gregory Bayane/Chase Melton (CAL) def. Slim Hamza/Cedric Willems (UTAH), 8-3
2. No. 85 Ben McLachlan/Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Ben Tasevac/Devin Lane (UTAH), 8-5
3. Filip Bergevi/Mads Engsted (CAL) vs. Matt Cowley/Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH), 6-3 unfinished Order of Finish: 1,2

Singles
1. No. 61 Ben McLachlan (CAL) def. No. 84 Slim Hamza (UTAH) 6-3, 6-2
2. Campbell Johnson (CAL) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) 6-3, 6-1
3. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) vs. Filip Bergevi (CAL) 7-5, 4-3 unfinished
4. Andre Goransson (CAL) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-4, 6-2
5. Devin Lane (UTAH) vs. Gregory Bayane (CAL) 6-4, 2-5 unfinished
6. Nikhil Jayashankar (CAL) vs. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 7-5, 2-1 unfinished
Order of finish: 2,1,4

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