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Men's Tennis Advances to the Second Round of NCAA Championships

May 6, 2022

FORT WORTH – For the second time in school history, the Utah men's tennis team earned an NCAA Men's Tennis National Championships victory. The Utes defeated No. 32 Ole Miss, 4-2, as Francisco Bastias clinched the win for the Utes.
The Rebels of Ole Miss took an early lead in doubles as they won No. 3 doubles, 6-2. Utah continued to battle in the match as the No. 27 doubles team of Franco Capalbo, and Geronimo Espin Busleiman defeated No. 19 Finn Reynolds and Lukas Engelhardt, 6-3. However, the doubles point went to Ole Miss as they won No. 2 doubles, 7-5.
Utah tied the match when Espin Busleiman, the 107th ranked ITA singles player, came away with a 6-2, 6-1 victory. The match went to 2-2 after Simon Junk defeated Mathias Gavelin in No. 5 singles, and Bruno Krenn earned a hard-fought three-set win. Krenn dropped the first set to Jakob Cadonau before bouncing back to win 6-4, forcing a third set. In the third set, Krenn earned a 6-2 victory.
The Utes took a 3-2 lead after Bruno Caula earned a victory in No. 4 singles. Caula won the first set 6-4. In a back and forth set, Caula and Lukas Engelhardt found themselves tied at 6-6. In the tiebreaker, Caula found himself 5-1. However, Caula bounced back and won the tiebreaker 8-6 and the match 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Utah needed need to win one of the final two matches to win the match, and the top two matches were in a third set. Francisco Bastias dropped his first set, 7-5, but answered back for a 7-5 second set win. In the third set, Bastias continued to cruise as he came away with a 6-3 victory, clinching the Utes' win.
In No. 1 singles, Franco Capalbo dropped his first set 7-6 (3) before bouncing back for a second set win, 6-4. In the third set, Capalbo was leading 2-1, but the match went unfinished.

#37 UTAH 4, #32 OLE MISS 2
Singles (3,6,5,4,2)
Franco Capalbo (UTAH) vs. #14 Nikola Slavic (Ole Miss), 6-7, 6-4, 2-1 unfinished
Francisco Bastias (UTAH) def. Finn Reynolds (Ole Miss), 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
#107 Geronimo Espin Busleiman (UTAH) def. J. Hallquist Lithen (Ole Miss), 6-2, 6-1
Bruno Caula (UTAH) def. Lukas Engelhardt (Ole Miss), 6-4, 7-6 (6)
Simon Junk (Ole Miss) def. Mathias Gavelin (UTAH), 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
Bruno Krenn (UTAH) def. Jakob Cadonau (Ole Miss), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Doubles (3,1,2)
#27 Franco Capalbo/Geronimo Espin Busleiman (UTAH) def. #19 Finn Reynolds/Lukas Engelhardt (Ole Miss), 6-3
Simon Junk/Jan Soren Hain (Ole Miss) def. Francisco Bastias/Bruno Caula (UTAH), 7-5
Hallquist Lithen/Nikola Slavic (Ole Miss) def. Jayson Blando/Mathias Gavelin (UTAH), 6-2
The Utes return to action on Saturday when they take on the winner of TCU/Drake in the second round of the NCAA Men's Tennis National Championships. The first serve is set for 3 p.m. MT. The match will be played at the Beyhard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the TCU campus.
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