SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Utes will open up their PAC-12 schedule this weekend, matching up against the 9th ranked team in the country, California (13-5) on Friday. On Saturday the Utes take on no. 22 Stanford (10-4).
The Utah Men’s tennis team heads into PAC-12 play with an overall record of 14-4, compared to last season’s record of 16-3 before entering conference play. Last season, the Utes also opened up conference play against Cal and Stanford, losing both matches with final scores of 3-4 against Cal, and 2-4 against Stanford. In singles action against Cal, David Micevski was able to card a win at the No. 2 position over Filip Bergevi 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Micevski also was victorious in singles play against Stanford, with a 6-3, 6-3 win over David Wilczynski at the No. 2 position.
The match against Cal is set to begin at 6 p.m. MST, with play being held in Berkeley, California, at the Hellman Tennis Complex. On Saturday, the Utes are set to take on Stanford at Palo Alto’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Play will begin at 1 p.m. MST.
The Utes (14-4) are coming off 3 straight wins, including a 5-2 victory against the University of the Pacific on Wednesday.
Cal and Stanford Notes
For Cal, Florian Lakat, a previous Pac-12 Player of the Week (Feb. 20), has a 16-11 singles record and is 9-8 at court-one singles. Andre Goransson has an 21-10 singles record and an 8-6 court-two singles record; he beat Filip Bergevi for the singles title at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships last fall in Berkeley. Bergevi is 16-9 in singles, including 3-4 on court three; he’s also 2-2 on court four, on which the senior clinched the win over Illinois with a 7-5, 7-6(6) win over Julian Childers. In singles, Billy Griffith has a 21-5 record, including an 11-3 dual-match record; that breaks down into 6-2 on court three and 5-1 on court four. Freshman Bjorn Hoffman (20-11 in singles) has played the most on court five (4-5); he’s also 3-3 on court four. Also on court five, J.T. Nishimura (8-4 overall) is 4-3; the junior is also 3-1 on court six. Doubles All-Americans last season, Lakat and Bergevi have posted a 19-4 doubles record, including an 11-2 record on court one, this season; last fall, the two Bears won the doubles crown at the Saint Francis Health System All-American Championships. Goransson and Griffith have a 18-5 doubles record, including a 9-1 court-two record. Hoffmann and Nishimura have an 8-8 doubles record, including 7-7 on court three.
The Stanford men’s tennis team is coming off of a 4-0 win over San Diego state earlier this week. The Cardinal cruised in doubles as Michael Genender and Sameer Kumar trounced Santiago Cevallos and Nicholas Mitchell 6-3 in the No. 2 position before Brandon Sutter and David Wilczynski matched the score at the three spot to take a 1-0 lead. The Aztecs were never able to get a lead on the Cardinal with Brandon Sutter sweeping Santiago Cevallos 6-3, 6-4 in the five spot before David Wilczynski made it XX in a row as he dominated Joel Popov 6-1, 6-1 to make it 3-0. Rookie William Genesen continued his banner week by adding his second clinching point in as many matches with a straight set win over Raul de la Torre in the six spot 6-3, 6-2.