TUCSON, Ariz. – Of the seven points up for grabs, Arizona took them all on their way to defeating Northern Arizona 7-0 on Friday at the Tucson Country Club. The win moves the Cats to 3-4 on the year.
“I was happy with the way the guys played,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said. “I thought they came out with authority and put the clamps on their opponents right away.”
Arizona’s dominance began by jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point.
Junior Sumeet Shinde and Naoki Takeda kept a steady lead over Northern Arizona’s Fabio Tomasetti and Kester Black to win 6-3. The senior duo of Kieren Thompson and Fredrik Ask found themselves in an early deficit against Trevor Unger and Jordan Gobatie, but bounced back to win the doubles point, 6-4. Senior Mario Urquidi and sophomore Matt Dunn left their match against Alan Barrios and Alexandre Locci unfinished at 5-3.
In singles, Arizona came out strong early and kept the foot on the gas, sailing to clinch the win.
Thompson needed little time to dispose of Unger, winning the first set 6-2 and the second 6-0 to claim the match and the 2-0 Arizona lead.
Shinde won his first set against Locci at a quick 6-2 score and repeated the performance in the second to clinch the match 6-2, 6-2.
Takeda also made short work his match, defeating Fabio Tomasetti 6-3, 6-3. The win by Takeda clinched an Arizona victory with the score at 4-0.
“College tennis is so deep that guys aren’t ever going to roll over and die,” said Berkowitz. “You need to stay on them and not lose your focus.”
With the win in the bag, Urquidi, Ask, and freshman Will Kneale remained unrelenting as they extended the margin of victory.
Urquidi came back from a 1-3 deficit in the first set to beat Kester Black 6-4 and followed with a 6-4 win in the second to claim the match.
Ask tried to mount a comeback in his first set against Gobatie, but came up short, falling 4-6. In the second set, he found redemption to win 6-4, and kept the ball rolling to take the match in a 12-10 tiebreaker win.
“Fred had a slow start but did a nice job of turning around quick and sneaking out the match at the end,” said Berkowitz.
Kneale also won a tiebreaker match, defeating Alan Barrios 6-2, 5-6 (5), 10-7.
The Cats return to the Tucson Country Club on Sunday, Jan. 26 to face UC Riverside at 11 a.m.
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