Utes Clinch First Pac-12 Victory on Senior Day

 The University of Utah men’s tennis team (11-12, 1-6 Pac-12) finished its regular season and sent out its seniors on a high note Saturday at Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy as it defeated Arizona (8-18, 0-7 Pac-12) 4-2 for its first Pac-12 Conference win of the season.

Utah got off to a fast start in doubles, securing a point behind wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 sports. Senior Cedric Willems and junior Matt Cowley teamed up at the No. 1 spot to route Arizona’s Shoki Kashara and David Mushayev, 6-2. The freshmen tandem of Santiago Sierra and Johan Jonhagen then followed with a 6-3 win over Matt Dunn and Jason Jaruvang at the third slot to clinch the doubles point for the Utes.

The Wildcats tied the match at 1-1 when Willems was defeated by No. 63 Naoki Takeda, 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 1 singles position. Cowley topped Mushayev at the No. 3 slot, 7-5, 6-0, to put the Utes back up 2-1.

The match was then tied again after Sierra lost to Kashara at the fifth spot, 6-0, 6-3, making the score 2-2, but Utah responded as McGuiness upended Jaruvang at the No. 2 spot, 6-1, 6-4. Junior Jamey Swiggart netted the match deciding point at the sixth slot with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Trevor James, making the final score 4-2.

The Utes close out their season at the 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championships April 22-26 in Ojai, Calif.

Utah 4, Arizona 2 
1. #63 Naoki Takeda (AZ) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-2, 6-0
2. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) def. Jason Jaruvang (AZ) 6-1, 6-4
3. Matt Cowley (UTAH) def. David Mushayev (AZ) 7-5, 6-0
4. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) vs. Will Kneale (AZ) 7-6 (7-3), 3-2 unfinished
5. Shoki Kashara (AZ) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) 6-0, 6-3
6. Jamey Swiggart (UTAH) def. Trevor James (AZ) 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 1,3,5,2,6

1. Matt Cowley/Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Shoki Kashara/David Mushayev (ZONA) 6-2
2. Jamey Swiggart/Parker McGuiness (UTAH) vs. Trevor James/Naoki Takeda (ZONA) 4-3, unfinished
3. Santiago Sierra/Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) def. Matt Dunn/Jason Jaruvang (ZONA) 6-3
Order of finish: 1,3


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