TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona kept their momentum going on Friday as they defeated Gonzaga 7-0 to move their win-streak to three and their overall record to 5-4.
“The guys didn’t wait for their opponents to make mistakes,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said. “We tried to take it to them and earn the match. We focused on that and I think the guys were locked in today.”
The Cats got off to a strong start in doubles as Mario Urquidi and Matt Dunn defeated Nick Kamisar and Pablo Mosquera Perez 6-0. Just minutes following, Sumeet Shinde and Naoki Takeda clinched the doubles point and gave Arizona the 1-0 lead in their victory over Vladimir Mijatovic and Vicente Varas.
Fredrik Ask and Kieren Thompson did not finish their match against Hayden Smith and Jack Schoebel, but were a point away from victory with a 5-3 lead.
In singles play, Takeda, Urquidi, and Will Kneale all won in painless straight set victories.
Kneale was the first to finish, and didn’t give up a single game in his 6-0, 6-0 victory over Muzeen Ismath.
Takeda followed suit to beat Schoebel 6-1, 6-3 and Urquidi clinched the Arizona victory defeating Varas 6-2, 6-4.
The remaining three Wildcats faced some difficulties, but all persevered to garner the shutout win.
Ask needed a comeback and tiebreaker in the second set to defeat Smith 6-3, 6-5 (9). Thompson also found himself in a hole in his second set at a 2-3 deficit, but rallied late to defeat Kamisar 6-1, 6-4.
“I fell into a trap of playing too defensive,” Thompson said. “That caught me off guard, but I was able to start playing more aggressively to get the win.”
Shinde was also down 2-3, this time in the first set. Despite the adversity, Shinde mounted a comeback and broke Mijatovic’s serve to win 6-4. After the close first set, Shinde convincingly won the second 6-3.
Next the Cats will face their toughest test so far this year as they host No. 44 Boise State on Sunday.
“I’m really looking forward to having a crack at them at home,” said Thompson. “We’ve won the last three and we’re feeling pretty good.”
The match will be Sunday Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Reffkin Tennis Center.
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