UC Irvine Slips in Singles, Falls 5-2 to Utah

Shuhei Shibahara went to three sets in a highly-contested match.

IRVINE, Calif. --- UCI men's tennis jumped out to an early lead in doubles, but were done over dropped five of six singles matches to the Utes in a 5-2 defeat Wednesday morning at Anteater Tennis Stadium.

The new pairing of Justin Agbayani and Caryl Hernandez got a big win at No. 3 while Tyler Pham and Jacob Jung completed the doubles win.

Singles started off with a mixed bag as Utah would claim the win at No. 4, but Jung would reclaim the lead with a straight-set win at No. 2. Utah would tie it back up at No. 6 leaving the last three courts to decide the points.

Nos. 1, 3, and 5 all battled in lengthy matches. Ryan Chueng at No. 1 and Tyler Pham and No. 3 each fell in tough first sets, and were unable regroup in set two, both falling in straight sets.

UCI drops to 2-12 on the season with three more matches ahead of them in the week. Gonzaga visits on Thursday for a 1:00 p.m. match. Saturday, UCI doubles up with George Washington at 9:00 a.m. and MTSU at 1:00 p.m.

UTAH 5, UC IRVINE 2

March 13, 2013
Irvine, Calif. – Anteater Tennis Stadium

DOUBLES

1) Mamedov/Medinilla (UTAH) def. Hammel/Shibahara (UCI) – 8-1
2) Jung/Pham (UCI) def. Tasevac/Willems (UTAH) – 8-5
3) Agbayani/Hernandez (UCI) def. Archer/Lane (UTAH) – 8-2

SINGLES

1) Dmytro Mamedov (UTAH) def. Ryan Cheung (UCI) – 7-5, 6-4
2) Jacob Jung (UCI) def. Alejandro Medinilla (UTAH) – 6-1, 6-1
3) Rafael Davidian (UTAH) def. Tyler Pham (UCI) – 7-6, 6-4
4) Devin Lane (UTAH) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI) – 6-0, 6-2
5) Ben Tasevac (UTAH) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) – 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
6) Andrew Riminton (UTAH) def. Justin Agbayani (UCI) – 6-2, 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles – 1, 3, 2 | Singles – 4, 2, 6, 1, 3, 5

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