Men’s Tennis Falls 4-0 to BYU in the Deseret Duel - University of Utah Athletics
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Men’s Tennis Falls 4-0 to BYU in the Deseret Duel

PROVO, Utah – The Utah men's tennis team started their 2019 season earlier today against Brigham Young University in the Deseret First Duel, falling to the Cougars with a score of 4-0. Utah had previously won four out of the last five matches between the two teams.
"We knew in advance it was going to be very hard to beat a good BYU team without our team captain in the lineup, but I'm very proud how hard we fought," said head coach Roeland Brateanu. "We gave ourselves opportunities in matches, but unfortunately failed to close."
In doubles, the duo of Joe Woolley and Slava Shainyan were unable to come away with a victory, falling to BYU's Mateo Vereau and Matthew Pearce at the No. 3 spot with a score of 6-3. Randy Cory and Russell Benkaim were then able to even the score on the No. 1 court, coming out on top against Sean Hill and Jeffrey, with a final score of 6-3. Then, in a competitive match at the No 2 position, Azat Hankuliyev and Dan Little fell short against Sam Tullis and Ben Gajardo, 7-5, as BYU earned the doubles point.
In singles, Shainyan was unable to come away with a victory at the No. 2 position against Jeffrey Hsu, falling 6-3, 6-3. On the No. 3 court, Cory was then defeated by Mateo Vereau in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6. Sean Hill then topped Utah's Dan Little at the No. 1 spot in three sets, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1, to give the Cougars the victory.
The University of Utah men's tennis team will be back in action on January 19th, as they will play their first matches of the season at the Eccles Tennis Center in Salt Lake City. The Utes will first face off against Weber State at 9:00am, followed by a match against Montana State at 12:00pm. 

Utah Results, Lost 4-0 (Order of Finish: Doubles - 3,1,2 | Singles - 2,3,1)
1. Sean Hill (BYU) def. Dan Little (Utah), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
2. Jeffrey Hsu (BYU) def. Slava Shainyan (Utah), 6-3, 6-3
3. Mateo Vereau (BYU) def. Randy Cory (Utah), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Russell Benkaim (Utah) vs. Sam Tullis (BYU), 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 5-4, Unf.
5. Ben Gajardo (BYU) vs. Mathias Gavelin (Utah), 6-3, 1-0, Unf.
6. Joe Woolley (Utah) vs. Matthew Pearce (BYU), 2-1, Unf.

1. Randy Cory/Russell Benkaim (Utah) def. Sean Hill/Jeffrey Hsu (BYU), 6-3
2. Sam Tullis/Ben Gajardo (BYU) def. Azat Hankuliyev/Dan Little (Utah), 7-5
3. Mateo Vereau/Matthew Pearce (BYU) def. Joe Woolley/Slava Shainyan (Utah), 6-3
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