Los Angeles, CA- This weekend, the Utah Men’s Tennis team will travel to LA, as the Utes are matched up against UCLA (14-4) and USC (20-4).
On Friday, the Utes (15-7) will match up with the 7th ranked team in the nation, UCLA. The match against the Bruins is set to start at 4:00 p.m. MST, at the Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts in Los Angeles California. Last year, the Utes carded a 4-0 Loss against UCLA in Salt Lake City. On Saturday, the Utes are set to match up against the 6th ranked team in the nation, USC. Play against the Trojans is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. MST, with the match being held at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Last season against USC, the Utes lost 4-1, but the Utes are coming off of a 4-2 upset win over no. 35 Washington.
The Utes come into LA with a (15-7) overall record and are 1-3 in the PAC-12. The Utes are looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over 20 years.
The UCLA Bruins have won six matches in a row, and currently sit at the top of the PAC-12. Their most recent victory came against the 19th ranked Stanford Cardinal, with a final score of 4-2. In a battle of teams riding five-match winnings streaks, UCLA rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Stanford. The win marked the second of the season for the Bruins over the Cardinal, and the first in conference play. The win puts UCLA all alone atop the Pac-12 standings with a 3-0 record.
The No. 6 USC Trojans rebounded from a rough start to its Bay Area road trip by serving up a strong 4-0 win over No. 12 California today in Berkeley. The Trojans had stumbled to a Pac-12 loss in Saturday’s matchup at Stanford, but dug in their heels to get back in winning gear on a solid effort against the Golden Bears. USC was able to get its 20th win of the year with this victory, improving to 20-4 overall and now 3-1 in Pac-12 play.