Utes Struggle to Close, Fall to No. 62 Washington

Parker McGuiness secured the Utes sole point of the day at No. 2 singles - Photo Credit: Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle

Parker McGuiness secured the Utes sole point of the day at No. 2 singles – Photo Credit: Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle

Salt Lake City – The University of Utah men’s tennis team (10-11, 0-5 Pac-12) dropped a 4-1 decision to the 62nd ranked Washington Huskies (11-9, 1-4 Pac-12) at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy. The Utes look to rebound in another Pac-12 home bout versus No. 56 Oregon on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy.

“After a poor start in doubles, we grabbed Washington by the throat in singles,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu, “But we simply forgot to close.”

The Huskies secured the doubles point after topping the Utes at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, but the Utes responded in singles play, securing the first set at the No. 2, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 singles positions. Then, Jake Doulas put Washington up 2-0 after defeating senior Cedric Willems 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 signles spot. Sophomore Parker McGuiness cliched the Utes solo point of the day at No. 2 singles after cruising past Gal Hakak, 6-1, 6-4. Washington increased its lead to 3-1 when Emmet Egger edged freshman Freddie McGeehan at the No. 3 spot, 6-4, 6-3. Jeff Hake then cliched the match for the Huskies following 3-set win over freshman Santiago Sierra, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

The Utes continue their home stand on Sunday versus No. 56 Oregon (12-8, 1-4 Pac-12) at 12 p.m. MT. The conference matchup will be played at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy: 1216 Wasatch Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84109. As always, admission is free! Click here for live stats.

No. 62 Washington 4, Utah 1

Singles
1. Jake Douglass (UW) def. Cedric Willems (UU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Parker McGuiness (UU) def. Gal Hakak (UW) 6-1, 6-4
3. Emmet Egger (UW) def. Freddie McGeehan (UU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Matt Cowley (UU) vs. Joao Barra (UW) 6-3, 5-7, 4-3 (unfinished)
5. Jeff Hawke (UW) def. Santiago Sierra (UU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
6. Jamey Swiggart (UU) vs. Viktor Farkas (UW) 6-2, 5-7, 3-3 (unfinished)
Order of finish: 1,2,3,5

Doubles
1. #48 Egger/Hawke (UW) def. Willems/Cowley (UU) 6-4
2. Barra/Farkas (UW) vs. Swiggart/McGuiness (UU) 6-5 (unfinished)
3. Douglass/Watanabe (UW) def. Sierra/McGeehan (UU) 6-4
Order of finish: 1,3

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