Utah Tennis Falls to No. 18 UCLA
LOS ANGELES – The Utes set out to the West Coast for weekend matches, and started off against the 18th-ranked UCLA Bruins on Friday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Utes took the doubles point, but ultimately fell to the Bruins, 6-1.
Doubles play went by quickly, and the Utes secured the point. On court two, the UCLA duo downed Bruno Krenn and Luis Flores 6-2. But on court one, Slava Shainyan and Francisco Bastias earned a 6-2 win over UCLA's Keegan Smith and Max Wild, and on court three, Geronimo Busleiman and Chris Heck took the upper hand against UCLA's Rosco Bellamy and Bryce Pereira, 6-3, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
During singles play, the Utes put up a fight, but could not secure a win. On court one, Shainyan battled the 10th-ranked singled player in the nation, Keegan Smith, before falling, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. On court two, UCLA's Baird took the upper hand against Utah's Busleiman 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (16-14) after a long match. Bastias was also downed on court three, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. On court four Sam Feit defeated Krenn 6-3, 7-6 (9-7). On courts four and five the Utes were also downed 6-4, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-2 respectively.
The Utes will finish off the weekend with a match against No. 10 USC at 4 p. m. MT at the David X. Marks Tennis Stadium in Los Angeles.
No. 18 UCLA 6, UTAH 1
1. Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. Slava Shainyan (UTAH), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
2. Drew Baird (UCLA) def. Geronimo Busleiman (UTAH), 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (16-14)
3. Ben Goldberg (UCLA) def. Francisco Bastias (UTAH), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
4. Sam Feit (UCLA) def. Bruno Krenn (UTAH), 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
5. Matthew Tsolakyan (UCLA) def. Chris Heck (UTAH), 6-4, 6-2
6. Roscoe Bellamy (UCLA) def. Luis Flores (UTAH), 6-3, 6-2
1. Slava Shainyan/Francisco Bastias (UTAH) def. Keegan Smith/Max Wild (UCLA), 6-2
2. Drew Baird/Sam Feit (UCLA) def. Bruno Krenn/Luis Flores (UTAH), 6-2
3. Geronimo Busleiman/Chris Heck (UTAH) def. Roscoe Bellamy/Bryce Pereira (UCLA), 6-3