NCAA Mens Tennis

Utah Finishes 2023 Season After Fall to North Carolina

Utah Finishes 2023 Season After Fall to North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 17 Utah men’s tennis program wrapped up the 2023 season after a 4-0 loss to No. 14 North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

Doubles play resulted in a lost advantage for the Utes. On court one, Patrik Trhac and Berk Bugarikj battled against Casey Kania and Ryan Seggerman, but lost the match 6-4.

On court two Franco Capalbo and Geronimo Espin Busleiman had a 5-5 grip on the match but were unable to finish before court three fell 7-5 to the Tar Heels.

During singles play, North Carolina secured their second point on court two. Capalbo fell 6-4, 6-4, putting the Utes two points behind. The third point came on court five where Bugarikj dropped the first set 6-2 and pushed the second set into a tiebreaker but ultimately finished 6-7(2-7).

The clinching point was on court one as Busleiman also pushed the second set into a tiebreaker after finishing 4-6 for the first. The second set resulted in a 7-6(8-6) loss for Busleiman and the end of the match for the team.

On court three, Francisco Bastias won 6-4 in the first set and was leading 6-5 in the second but was unable to finish before the clinch. On court four, Bruno Caula dropped the first set 6-0, and won the second 7-6(8-6), pushing his match into a tiebreaker set. This match also remained unfinished. On court six Trhac also pushed into a third set but did not finish.


The team will return home after this final wrap up for the season and begin work for the fall.



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Singles (2,5,1)

1. Brian Cernoch (UNC) def. Geronimo Espin Busleiman (UTAH) 6-4, 7-6(8-6)

2. Ryan Seggerman (UNC) def. Franco Capalbo (UTAH) 6-4, 6-4

3. Francisco Bastias (UTAH) vs Will Jansen (UNC) 6-4, 6-5, unf.

4. Bruno Caula (UTAH) vs Karl Poling (UNC) 0-6, 7-6(8-6), 1-2, unf.

5. Benjamin Kittay (UNC) def. Berk Bugarikj (UTAH) 6-2, 7-6(7-2).

6. Patrik Trhac (UTAH) vs Logan Zapp (UNC) 6-4, 1-6, 2-5, unf.


Doubles (1,3)

1. Casey Kania/Ryan Seggerman 9UNC) def. Berk Bugarikj/Patrik Trhac (UTAH) 6-4

2. Franco Capalbo/Geronimo Espin Busleiman (UTAH) vs Brian Cernoch/Benjamin Kittay (UNC) 5-5, unf.

3. Will Jansen/Karl Poling (UNC) def. Francisco Bastias/Bruno Caula (UTAH)…

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