Sophomore Rafael Davidian captured the match clinching point for the Utes.
March 13, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - The University of Utah men's tennis team (8-5) defeated UC Irvine (2-12, 0-1 Big West) by a score of 5-2 Wednesday at the Anteater Tennis Stadium. Although the Utes couldn't manage to capture the doubles point, the team saw success in five of six singles slot to earn the victory. Sophomore Rafael Davidian decided the match for the Utes at the No. 3 singles spot.
Going into singles play down 1-0, Utah's junior Devin Lane easily tied the match at one apiece at the No. 4 slot, downing Johnathan Hammel, 6-0, 6-2. The Anteaters then rallied back to a lead at 2-1 when junior Alejandro Medinilla dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision to Jacob Jung at the No. 2 spot.
Junior Ben Tasevac then broke back to tie the match at 2-2, topping Justin Agbayani at the sixth position, 6-2, 6-3. Senior Dmytro Mamedov then managed a victory at the top spot over Ryan Cheung, 7-5, 6-4, setting up Davidian for the match clincher.
Davidian then defeated Tyler Pham at the No. 3 slot, 7-6(1), 6-4, while sophomore Cedric Willems finished out the win for the Utes with a tight three-set match against Shuhei Shibahara at the No. 5 spot, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, making the final score 5-2.
Utah managed one victory in doubles play when Medinilla and Mamedov teamed up at the No. 1 position to vanquish Hammel and Shibahara, 8-1.
Lane and freshman Justin Archer then fell to Agbayani and Caryl Hernandez at the No. 3 spot, 8-3, setting up the match clincher for the second slot. Willems and Tasevac were unable to find success and were defeated by Jung and Pham, 8-5, giving UC Irvine the doubles point.
Match Results Doubles 1. Medinilla/Mamedov (UU) def. Hammel/Shibahara (UCI) 8-1 2. Jung/Pham (UCI) def. Willems/Tasevac (UU) 8-5 3. Agbayani/Hernandez (UCI) def. Lane/Archer (UU) 8-3 Order of finish: 1,3,2
Singles 1. Dmytro Mamedov (UU) def. Ryan Cheung (UCI) 7-5, 6-4 2. Jacob Jung (UCI) def. Alejandro Medinilla 6-1, 6-2 3. Rafael Davidian (UU) def. Tyler Pham (UCI) 7-6(1), 6-4 4. Devin Lane (UU) def. Johnathan Hammel (UCI) 6-0, 6-2 5. Cedric Willems (UU) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 6. Ben Tasevac (UU) def. Justin Agbayani (UU) 6-2, 6-3 Order of finish: 4,2,6,1,3,5