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Men’s Tennis Heads to LA For Two Matches

Jan 28, 2022

FIRST SERVE
The Utah men's tennis team continues its four-match road trip this weekend as they head to LA for the two final matches of their trip before returning home. On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Utes will face the USCB Gauchos at the LMU Tennis Center in LA. The Utes will then face the LMU Lions at the LMU Tennis Center on Sunday, Jan. 30.
 

MATCH INFORMATION
Utah (4-0) vs. UC Santa Barbara (1-0)
DATE | TIME: Saturday, Jan. 29 | 1 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif. | LMU Tennis Center
LIVE STATS: N/A
TWITTER UPDATES: @UtahTennis
 
MATCH INFORMATION
Utah (4-0) at LMU (1-0)
DATE | TIME: Sunday, Jan. 30 | 1 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif. | LMU Tennis Center
LIVE STATS: Click Here
TWITTER UPDATES: @UtahTennis
 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE UTES
The Utes currently have a four-match winning streak after their victory against the New Mexico Lobos last Sunday. Utah came away with a 6-1 victory over Lobo to earn the win. After the Utes took the doubles point, New Mexico came out and won the first singles point. With the match tied at 1-1, Utah won the final five singles matches. Francisco Bastias clinched the match for the Utes in No. 2 singles.

SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos enter the matchup with the Utes with a 1-0 record after being San Francisco on Jan. 22. The Gauchos won the doubles point before winning four singles matches on the day and winning 5-2. Last season, UC Santa Barbara went 10-6 overall and 4-2 in Big West play. The Gauchos will play LMU on Friday before playing the Utes on Saturday. 
 
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Sunday, the Utes and the Lions battle on Sunday. LMU enters the season with a record of 1-0 0n the season. They defeated UC Davis, 5-2, last Sunday. The Lions took the doubles point on the day before clinching the match in singles. LMU had a 6-11 overall record last season, and where 3-5 record for conference play. Isaac Becroft leads LMU has he is ranked No. 55 in the ITA singles rankings.
 
ALL-TIME AGAINST UC SANTA BARBARA
UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series against, 1-4, against the Utes. The last meeting between these two teams came during the 2018 season when they met in Albuquerque. The Utes came away with a 5-2 victory, the first UC Santa Barbara.
 
ALL-TIME AGAINST LMU
The Utes were slated to take on LMU last season in Los Angeles but the match was postponed. Last time these two teams met was on Feb. 29, 2020 when Utah came away with a 4-3 victory in Salt Lake City. Utah has won the last three matches against LMU and is on a three-match winning streak against the Lions.
  
SEASON STAT COMPARISON
At this time last year, the Utes had a 2-2 record. Doubles play during the 2020-21 season also had a 2-2 record for the Utes, as compared to this season, which boasts winning all doubles point in the four matches the team has played. This spring season, singles positions No. 1, 4, and 6 all have four-match winning streaks, while the 2020 season did not see such consistency at the beginning of the season. The overall record for the Utes for the 2020 season was 18-12 and 2-5 for conference play.
 
UP NEXT 
Utah returns home to face Loyola Marymount on Friday, Feb. 4th at 1 p.m. MT at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center. This starts a eight match homestand.
 
FOLLOW THE UTES!
Fans can follow along during the 2022 season on social media (Twitter: @UtahTennis | Instagram: @UtahTennis | Facebook: Facebook.com/Utahmenstennis).