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Arizona Sweeps Singles Matches on Day One
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 13, 2013
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TUCSON, Ariz.The Wildcats made a statement on day one of the Napa Valley Collegiate Invitational on Friday as they won all four singles matches and took one of two in doubles.

Mario Urquidi, Naoki Takeda, Sumeet Shinde, and Kieren Thompson were all victorious in singles, and only one match needed a third set to be decided.

“The guys played with conviction today,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “All four of them played with a purpose and we will look to build on this as we continue tomorrow.”

Urquidi started his senior year strong, needing just two sets to defeat Oklahoma State’s Nathan Roper, 6-3, 6-4. In similar fashion, Takeda beat Vasilios Caripi 7-5, 6-3 and Shinde outplayed Trevor Horstmann 6-3, 6-3, with both opponents also representing Oklahoma State.

Thompson faced some adversity midway through his match, but put together a decisive third set to defeat Lucas Gerch of Oklahoma State 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Arizona split their doubles matches, with both opponents representing Fresno State. Takeda and Urquidi defeated Adriaan DuToit and Ethan Lopez 8-5, while Thompson and Shinde fell in their match against Felipe Fritz and John Darmstaedter, 5-8.

Day two of the tournament continues on Saturday, as the same group of Wildcats will face off in singles against athletes from UNLV, while the two doubles matches will be played against duos from USF and UNLV.

Friday Results:

Fritz/Darmstaedter (FS) def. Thompson/Shinde (UA) 8-5

Takeda/Urquidi (UA) def. Du Toit/Lopez (FS) 8-5


Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

Naoki Takeda (UA) def. Vasili Caripi (OSU) 7-5, 6-3

Sumeet Shinde (UA) def. Trevor Horstmann (OSU) 6-3, 6-3

Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Nathan Roper (OSU) 6-3, 6-4


Saturday Schedule:

USF Saraiva/Skajaa       vs         UA Thompson/Shinde

USF Bahri/Takemoto      vs         UA Takeda/Urquidi

UA Thompson/Shinde    vs         UNLV Batyi/Sublette

UA Takeda/Urquidi         vs         UNLV Pume/Vongman

UA Kieren Thompson     vs         UNLV Tamas Batyi

UA Naoki Takeda           vs         UNLV Denys Pume

UA Sumeet Shinde        vs         UNLV Willie Sublette

UA Mario Urquidi           vs         UNLV Jeff Vongman

Sunday Schedule:

FS Phillipe Fritz             vs         UA Kieren Thompson

FS John Darmstaedter   vs         UA Naoki Takeda

FS Adriaan Du Toit        vs         UA Sumeet Shinde

FS Ethan Lopez                        vs         UA Mario Urquidi

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