SALT LAKE CITY – The 54th-ranked Utah men’s tennis team (5-2) blanked Northern Colorado (2-3) in the first of two matches Saturday, but were then handed its second loss of the season, 6-1, by 64th-ranked Denver (5-4). The Utes will host their third match of the weekend on Monday versus Iowa (5-1) at 12 p.m. MT at the Eccles Tennis Center.
The Utes handily shut out the Bears after capturing all the doubles sets for the doubles point and followed with six straight, two-set singles victories. Senior Slim Hamza netted the match deciding point at the No. 1 spot over Ben Gendron, 6-0, 6-3.
When Utah hit the courts at the Eccles Tennis Center for the second time Saturday, senior Cedric Willems and junior Matt Cowley started strong in doubles, topping Alex Gasson and David Fox, 6-3.. The Utes struggled to find their winning momentum and gave up the doubles point and two straight singles points. After the Pioneers went up 3-0, freshman Freddie McGeehan posted the Utes’ solo point at the No. 5 spot, defeating Fox, 7-5, 6-2. Denver went on to capture the following three points for a final score of 6-1.
The Utes return to action Monday at 12 p.m. MT as they host Iowa (5-1) at the Eccles Tennis Center. Iowa is coming off a tight 4-3 win over BYU in Provo on Friday. The Hawkeyes doubles team of Matt Hagan and Dominic Patrick is ranked No. 57 in the nation. Iowa is 2-1 on the road this season, only losing at Cornell.
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#54 University of Utah 7, Northern Colorado 0
1. Slim Hamza (UTAH) def. Ben Gendron (NC) 6-0, 6-3
2. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Austin Mayo (NC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Mitchell Knight (NC) 6-3, 6-4
4. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. Jordan Loughnan (NC) 6-0, 6-4
5. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Eric Schuermans (NC) 6-1, 6-1
6. Louis-Phillippe Gascon (UTAH) def. Jacob Sheldon (NC) 6-2, 6-1
1. Cedric Willems/Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Ben Gendron/Austin Mayo (NC), 6-3
2. Slim Hamza/Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. Mitchell Knight/Cassell King (NC), 6-1
3. Santiago Sierra/Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Eric Schuermans/Jacob Sheldon (NC), 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,6,1,5,4,3)
#64 Denver 6, #54 University of Utah 1
1. #113 Henry Craig (DEN) def. Slim Hamza (UTAH) 6-0, 6-4
2. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 7-5
3. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 7-5, 6-2
4. Yannik James (DEN) def. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-3
5. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. David Fox (DEN) 7-5, 6-2
6. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
1. Cedric Willems/Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. Alex Gasson/David Fox (DEN) 6-3
2. Diogo Rocha/Yannik James (DEN) def. Slim Hamza/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) 6-3
3. Henry Craig/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Santiago Sierra/Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,5,6,4,2)