Utah advances on day one of 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championship
OJAI, CALIF. - No. 8 seed UTAH defeated No. 9 OREGON, 4-1, in Wednesday’s opening match of the 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Championship. The Utes will face No. 1 seed and defending Pac-12 Champions UCLA in the quarterfinals at 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, April 25.
Oregon clinched the doubles point with victories on the top two courts. The Ducks’ duo of Riki Oshima and Charles Roberts won the first doubles match on court two, defeating Dan Little and Azat Hankuliyev, 6-2. The Utes pushed back with a doubles victory on court three next, with Joe Woolley and Russell Benkaim beating Oregon’s Armando Soemarno and Emmanuel Coste, 6-4. The Ducks’ Joshua Charlton and Ty Gentry finished doubles play on court one, defeating the Utes’ David Micevski and Slava Shainyan, 7-5, to secure the doubles point.
Utah’s Benkaim knotted the match at one point apiece with the first singles win of the day, defeating Joshua Charlton in straight-sets on court four, 6-4, 6-2. Mathias Gavelin and Woolley continued Utah’s momentum with wins on courts five and six, respectively. On court two, Micevski dropped the first set, but came storming back to win the next two and best Gentry, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, to clinch the team victory. Utah is back in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Championships for the fifth time in the event’s eight stagings (2012-14, 2017, 2019).
2019 PAC-12 MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
First Round // Wed., April 24, 2019 // Libbey
No. 8 Utah 4, No. 9 Oregon 1
1. Joshua Charlton/Ty Gentry, ORE def. David Micevski/Slava Shainyan, UTAH - 7-5
2. Riki Oshima/Charles Roberts, ORE def. Dan Little/Azat Hankuliyev, UTAH - 6-2
3. Joe Woolley/Russell Benkaim, UTAH def. Armando Soemarno/Emmanuel Coste, ORE - 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Emmanuel Coste, ORE v. Dan Little, UTAH - 6-7, 6-4, 3-4 unf.
2. David Micevski, UTAH def. Ty Gentry, ORE - 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. Riki Oshima, ORE v. Slava Shainyan, UTAH - 7-6, 4-6, 3-2 unf.
4. Russell Benkaim, UTAH def. Joshua Charlton, ORE - 6-4, 6-2
5. Mathias Gavelin, UTAH def. Charles Roberts, ORE - 6-2, 6-3
6. Joe Woolley, UTAH def. Armando Soemarno, ORE - 6-3, 7-5
Order of finish: 4, 5, 6, 2