The University of Utah men’s tennis team (10-6) is preparing for the beginning of conference play this weekend. The Utes travel to California to face No. 43 Stanford (7-4) on Friday at 4 p.m. PT and No. 30 California on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.
Utah looks to start Pac-12 play strong by returning to California after securing a neutral site victory over Yale and dropping a close match at Loyola Marymount last week.
No. 43 Stanford (7-4) is 5-0 at home this season and lead in singles play by 43rd ranked freshman Tom Fawcet and 95th ranked John Morrissey. Also, Stanford’s tandem of Morrissey/Stineman is ranked No. 40 in the nation in doubles. Utah was edged by Stanford 4-3 last year in Salt Lake City.
The 30th ranked Cal Bears (11-5) will host Nevada on Wednesday and Arizona on Friday before contesting the Utes. California holds a 7-2 home record this season and features two ranked singles players: No. 56 Andre Goransson and No. 100 Filip Bergevi. The Bears also have a strong doubles lineup, lead by the 38th ranked team of Bayne/Melton . Last year, Utah fell in a close 4-2 bout against the 16th ranked Bears in Salt Lake City.
Match Up: Utah (10-6) vs. No. 43 Stanford
Date: Friday, March 27
First Serve: 4 p.m. PT
Court: Taube Family Tennis Stadium
Location: Stanford, California
Match Up: No. 72 Utah (10-6) vs. No. 30 California
Date: Saturday, March 28
First Serve: 1 p.m. PT
Court: Hellman Tennis Complex
Location: Berkeley, California