Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team (16-8, 0-5) came up just short against the USC Trojans (18-2, 4-1) on Friday at the Eccles Tennis Center, 4-1. The Utes look forward to Senior Day and the last home match of the season on Sunday, April 10 vs No. 8 UCLA (16-2, 4-0) at noon MT.
“The last four out of five matches have been unbelievably close, but we have been unable to convert the big points,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu, “It’s frustrating, but we are making progress and need to keep working hard to learn to win at this level.”
Utah got off to a slow start against the Trojans, falling to two nationally ranked doubles teams at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Down 1-0, Utah fought back to even the score. Senior Jamey Swiggart netted an impressive 6-4, 6-0 victory against USC’s Jack Jaede. The Trojans regained their momentum, as No. 105 Jake DeVine held off the Utes’ Egbert Weverink in a tight three set contest, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. No. 53 Logan Smith extended the Trojans lead to 3-1 following a 6-1, 7-6(4) win over freshman Dan Little. No. 18 Max de Vroome clinched the match for USC after squeaking past senior Matt Cowley 7-6(4), 6-4. All other matches were abandoned.
Utah is back on the court on Sunday, April 10 for Senior Day. Join us in honoring seniors Matt Cowley and Jamey Swiggart as the Utes host No. 4 UCLA on Sunday at noon MT at the Eccles Tennis Center.
1. No. 18 Max de Vroome (USC) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 7-6(4), 6-4
Order of Finish: 6, 4,3,1