Salt Lake City, UT- After over a month on the road, Utah Men’s tennis will open its first weekend of home matches for PAC-12 conference play this Friday and Sunday at the Eccles Tennis Center. The Utes will match up against the 25th ranked Oregon Ducks on Friday at 3 p.m. MST, followed by a match on Sunday against the 35th ranked Washington Huskies at 1 p.m. MST which will be featured on PAC-12 Network.
“I am expecting my team to come out and fight.” said Utes Head Coach Roeland Brateanu. “With the situation we are in, our back is against the wall. Whichever team fights harder and competes is going to win.”
The Utes (14-6) are coming off a pair of tough losses at Cal and Stanford last weekend. The Utes are playing at Eccles Tennis Center for the first time since defeating Montana on Feb. 19th.
The 25th ranked Oregon Ducks are coming off of a 4-3 loss to the UCLA Bruins, the 10th ranked team in the nation. With this, the Ducks have started Pac-12 play 0-2, but put together gritty performances against a pair of top-10 teams in No. 5 USC and No. 10 UCLA and proved that they have the talent and the depth to play with the top talent in the nation. Oregon is now lost back-to-back matches for the first time this season.
The No. 35 Washington Huskies (11-6) are coming off of a 6-1 loss to No. 5 USC, and a 4-0 loss to No. 10 UCLA. Like Oregon, the Huskies have lost back-to-back matches for the first time this season.