Utes Finish 57th in the Nation, Hamza 80th

Cedric Willems and Slim Hamza finished 9th in the ITA Mountain Region final rankings. Hamza (left) finished 80th in the nation in singles.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released the final rankings for the 2013/14 season. The University of Utah men’s tennis team ranks 57th in the national rankings and 2nd in the ITA Mountain Region. This marks Utah’s highest year-end ranking since 1997, when the Utes ranked 47th in the nation.

“We made some big steps as a program this past year,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Obviously we missed our goal of making it to the NCAA Tournament, but we finished 5th in the best conference in the country, qualified for the National Indoor Championships, learned a lot and look forward to improving on things next year.”

Slim Hamza ended the season ranked 80th in the nation and is the highest nationally ranked player in the ITA Mountain Region. Hamza returns to the Utes next year as a senior. Graduating senior Ben Tasevac ranks 17th in the Mountain Region along with the doubles tandem of Hamza and Cedric Willems, which finished 9th.

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