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35th-Ranked Utah Defeats No. 46 Washington

Mar 27, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Husky men's tennis team was unable to find a foothold at elevation today, falling to 35th-ranked Utah by a 4-0 count at the Eccles Tennis Center. Washington, ranked 46th, drops to 13-5 on the season and 1-1 in Pac-12 play while the Utes are now 18-4 and 2-2 in conference.
The Utes got up on all three doubles courts and clinched with wins on one and two to take the 1-0 lead into singles. 34th-ranked Clement Chidekh and Nedim Suko had a 6-2 loss at No. 2 doubles for just their second loss of the dual season.
In singles, UW had first set wins from fourth-ranked Chidekh at No. 1, and a tiebreak win from Han-Chih Lin at No. 4, but the remaining four first sets went to Utah. The Utes closed out at the five and six spots. Mathias Gavelin defeated freshman Cesar Bouchelaghem at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 6-3, and Brune Krenn beat freshman Nedim Suko, 7-5, 6-4, at six.
The Huskies were hoping Ewen Lumsden and Jack Davis could force third sets and keep a window open. Davis lost his first set, 2-6, but was in a second set tiebreaker against Francisco Bastias at No. 2 singles. But Lumsden fell just short in his second set with Geronimo Espin at No. 3, falling 6-2, 6-4, as Utah clinched.
Chidekh lost his second set after winning the first, and was up 1-0 in the third, while Lin was up a set but down 1-3 in the second set at four when the match ended.
Washington is back home next week for two big matches against UCLA next Friday, Apr. 1, and USC on Sunday, Apr. 3.
Washington Men's Tennis
March 27, 2022
Eccles Tennis Center | Salt Lake City, Utah
#46 Washington – 0
#35 Utah – 4
1. (#4) Clement Chidekh (UW) vs. Franco Capalbo (Utah) – 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, DNF
2. Jack Davis (UW) vs. Francisco Bastias (Utah) – 2-6, 6-6, DNF
3. Geronimo Espin (Utah) def. (#100) Ewen Lumsden (UW) – 6-2, 6-4
4. Han-Chih Lin (UW) vs. Bruno Caula (Utah) – 7-6 (4), 1-3, DNF
5. Mathias Gavelin (Utah) def. Cesar Bouchelaghem (UW) – 6-4, 6-3
6. Bruno Krenn (Utah) def. Nedim Suko (UW) – 7-5, 6-4
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 2
1. (#22) Capalbo/Espin (Utah) def. Davis/Wong (UW) – 6-3
2. Bastias/Caula (Utah) def. (#34) Chidekh/Suko (UW) – 6-2
3. Bouchelaghem/Lumsden (UW) vs. Gavelin/Blando (Utah) – 2-5, DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1