Utah Tennis

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  1. Lovely_Bone

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    Today when Utah Played Air Force one of our players, Alejandro Medinilla, saved 12 match point down 4-5 in the 3rd and ended up winning in a 3rd set tie breaker. Is this some type of record??
    Also, it one of the most intense matches I've ever seen, and that includes ATP matches.
     
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  2. Clemson_tennis

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    I thought the Utes would have a bigger break-through this year than they have. Losing to Denver was disappointing. Willems playing 3. Talented guy but not all there mentally, he was rarely in the top 6 at Clemson last year.
     
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    Yes, I'm thinking it will take them a few years to get very competitive in the PAC-12. The PAC-12 has some VERY good players, and I do think that this challenge will help us draw some good talent. It will take some time, but the Utes will have a break out. Our #1 is just a sophomore and is already a very good player. He's going to be very tough his senior year, and the heavy California/Florida recruiting that Utah is really doing since joining PAC-12 is going to pay off within a few years.

    Willems is a cool guy, but he seems lonely. I always see him off on his own around campus, when he gets more friends his mentality will probably improve. I think I'm going to try reaching out to him.
     
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    It's really all gone down hill. Lost to UC Santa Barbara today 6-1. I thought Utah would be in the top 50 this year. They are struggling and haven't even hit Pac 12 play yet. I like Hamza as a player hope he can have a good season in the pac 12.
     
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    Yeah, Hamza really is a very good player, and he still has two seasons to lead the team after this. His unique style is also fun to watch.
    From what I've heard though, the Utah coaching staff is no good. They should probably look at changing the coaching staff if they want to get to the next level.
     
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    Utes upset Oregon 5-2 today. All fairly lopsided results as well.
     
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    Utah lost to UCLA 1-6, but they had a bright spot! Slim Hamza beat #19 Adrian Puget in straight sets. Hamza is undefeated in PAC-12 play. He will definitely be the leader of the Utes going forward as he is only a sophomore right now. I think he could potentially be one of the NCAA's top players by his senior year, but who knows. We'll see!
     
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    How about Cedric Willems getting a ranked win vs USC? Nice playing for him.
     
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    Yeah, it's a huge win for him. I think I should also add that the Utes did beat Arizona. Nobody had posted that yet. I'm hopeful that the Utes will be major contenders in a couple years. We can only hope that recruiting goes well.
     
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    a win is a win .. but Grant was hurt and served under-hand through-out the whole match ... put that in perspective .. and Grant is more of a serve and volley player than others..

    Slim Hamza played an excellent match against Hanfmann.. it was hard fought and closer than the scores showed.. he's clearly the best player on that team ..
     
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    That's ridiculously silly, he should have say in that case.
     
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    USC didn't really have a choice .. they had 2 players out playing Davis cup matches..
     
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    I talked to the coaches up here Monday, and i I didn't see Utah s Stanford, but it was a 5-2 loss in which Utah apparently had tons of chances to actually win. Good sign, but its really too bad they couldn't take it :/
     
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    how good is Utah?
     
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    up to #51 the Utes are. If they want to get into the tournament they must beat Oregon and avoid upset losses against washington. Hamza needs to regain his top form as well, when playing his best he is a top 50 player.
     
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    Yes, but think how quickly we could have gotten this match out of the way in 2014 with no-ad, shortened format, etc. Who needs all that drama? Casual fans want to get home, or change channels on that live telecast of the Utah - Air Force tennis match! :)
     
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    Close to a road weekend sweep of Oregon and Washington. They are up on Washington 3-2 with the remaining 2 courts in a 3rd set.
     
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    Almost an hour later, with no change in the UW LiveStats.
     
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    Utah won 4-2
     
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    good wins for them
     
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    Utes giving UCLA a fight in doubles - comes down to a TB at 3.
     
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    Slim Hamza putting a beatdown on Sarmiento 6-0 4-1. Would be a highlight of a pretty disappointing year for the Tunisian.
     
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    hamza killed him!
    utah played a good match vs them
     
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    Hanfmann didn't play for USC but still a good effort from Utah.
     
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    so Hanfmann and Farren out for USC.. I hope they are not done for the season...
     
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    If someone needs a rest, or a limit to their match days total for rules purposes, then the Utah/Arizona weekend is a good one to sit out.
     
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    they ll be back i think
    no injury i assume
     
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    Farren's been out a long time...
     
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    Things have gone downhill at Utah. The upward progress was brief and did not get very high.
     
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    Slim Hamza is losing too much right now...
     
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    One of their players (non-starter) from last year's team transferred to my team, Yeshiva University (D3), he plays #2. Really good player. So far, undefeated in singles.
     
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    The poor get poorer. 4-0 loss to a poor Boise State team
     
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    Boise even should not make ncaas
     
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    When Utah is starting a guy at #1 that couldn't crack the starting lineup at NC State they are going to have some issues.
     
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    Utah up 2-1 on New Mexico and the remaining 4 matches are in a 3rd set.
     
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    Utes get the win. That'll probably get them back into the rankings. Willems being back certainly helped them tonight.
     
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    I was in Vegas for the basketball tournament so I couldn't be there for the game but I am still pretty stoked for the Utah win! Go UTES!

    P.S. What is going on with the crazy lineup changes? It seems like guys are in and out every match.
     
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    Tough outing against Loyola Marymount on the road. Almost done.
     
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    Slim Hamza not played. The utes are done.
     
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    He's been out forever. Disappointing because at one time he had potential to be a top 40 national player.


    The Utah official website lists him as from "Tunisia, Africa" btw.
     
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