Sophomore Cedric Willems remains undefeated this week.
March 11, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The University of Utah men's tennis team (7-5) was defeated by UC Santa Barbara (5-5) Monday at the Rec Cen courts. Sophomore Cedric Willems was the only Ute to capture a victory in singles play. The Utes look to find success Wednesday at 11 a.m. at UC Irvine in Irvine, Calif.
The Utes dropped all three doubles match to give the Gauchos the doubles point. At the No. 1 spot, senior Dmytro Mamedov and Alejandro Medinilla dropped an 8-3 decision to Mbonisi Ndimande and Ziad Sultan.
Junior Ben Tasevac and Willems were then defeated by Benjamin Recknagel and Axel Bouillin, 8-5 at the second slot, while junior Devin Lane and freshman Justin Archer fell to Andrew Riminton and Miles Seeman at the No. 3 position, 8-6.
The score became 2-0 in favor of UCSB early on in singles play when Medinilla was defeated by Recknagel, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 2 slot. Willems then vanquished Riminton at the sixth spot, 6-2, 6-2, making the score 2-1.
Mamedov was then bested by Ndimande at the No. 1 slot, 6-1, 6-2, while Tasevac dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Sasha Gryaznov at the No. 5 position, giving the Gauchos the match deciding point at 4-1.
UCSB's final two points came at the No. 4 spot, Lane was defeated by Zultan, 6-1, 7-6, and sophomore Rafael Davidian suffered a hard-foughtloss to Bouillin, 6-7, 6-3, (11-9).
Match Results Doubles 1. Ndimande/Sultan (UCSB) def. Medinilla/Mamedov (UTAH) 8-3 2. Recknagel/Bouillin (UCSB) def. Tasevac/Willems (UTAH) 8-5 3. Riminton/Seemann (UCSB) def. Lane/Archer (UTAH) 8-6
Singles 1. Mbonisi Ndimande (UCSB) def. Dmytro Mamedov (UTAH) 6-1, 6-2 2. Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) def. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) 6-2, 6-1 3. Axel Bouillin (UCSB) def. Rafael Davidian (UTAH) 6-7, 6-3, (11-9) 4. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) def. Devin Lane (UTAH) 6-1, 7-6 5. Sasha Gryaznov (UCSB) def. Ben Tasevac (UTAH) 6-4, 6-3 6. Cedric Willems (UTAH) def. Andrew Riminton (UCSB) 6-2, 6-2 Order of finish: 2, 6, 1, 5, 4, 3