TUCSON, Ariz. The Arizona men's tennis team, ranked No. 55, outlasted No. 31 Texas Tech, 4-3, Friday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The Cats are now 5-3 overall while the Red Raiders fall to 3-2.
In the top spot of doubles play, seniors Jean-Noel LaCoste and Michel Stopa defeated Ryan Shupe and Borut Martincevic, 8-1, while juniors Alex Aybar and Brian Jackson beat Patricio Espinosa and Clay Estes, 8-4, at the No. 3 spot. At the No. 2 position, senior Alex Brown and freshman Tom Lloyd fell to Jeremy Earl and Ryan Davis, 9-8(5).
In singles play, the Wildcats and Red Raiders split the match points. Aybar clinched the match for the Cats at the No. 1 spot by defeating Shupe, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.
The Wildcats return to action when they play host to #34 Arizona State, Saturday at noon at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Results Singles No. 1 Alex Aybar (UA) Ryan Shupe (Texas Tech) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 No. 2 Jean-Noel LaCoste (UA) def. Borut Martincevic (Texas Tech) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 No. 3 Jevgenij Cariov (Texas Tech) def. Michel Stopa (UA) 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4 No. 4 Patricio Espinosa (Texas Tech) def. Tom Lloyd (UA) 7-6, 7-5 No. 5 Alex Brown (UA) def. Cody Jackson (Rice) 6-2, 7-6(2) No. 6 Caleb Marquardt (UA) def. Marino Baghdati (Texas Tech) 6-3, 6-2
Results Doubles No. 1 LaCoste/Stopa (UA) def. Shupe/Martincevic (Texas Tech) 8-1 No. 2 Jeremy Earl/Ryan Davies (Texas Tech) def. Brown/Lloyd (UA) 9-8(5) No. 3 Aybar/Brian Jackson (UA) def. Espinosa/Estes 8-4