March 6, 2011
TUCSON - The University of Arizona men's tennis team clinched the doubles point and cruised to a 6-1 victory over No. 56-ranked New Mexico State today at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, snapping the Aggies six-match winning streak. The No. 42-ranked Wildcats won two out of the three doubles matches and five singles matches to improve to 8-5 and an impressive 7-1 at home.
"The guys played a complete match today," head coach Tad Berkowitz said. "Across the board they competed very well and got the job done."
In doubles action, Arizona's (8-5, 0-0 Pac-10) freshmen duo of Mario Urquidi and Andre Vidaller teamed up against the Aggies' (7-5, 0-1 WAC) Orlando Superlano and Luis Ramirez in the No. 2 spot. The Wildcats took the early 2-1 lead, before the Aggies' earned three straight games to build a 4-2 lead. The two teams traded games, battling back and forth, until eventually at 6-6, the Wildcat duo clinched two straight games en route to an 8-6 win.
Arizona clinched the doubles point in the No. 3 spot for the second match in a row. The senior-freshman duo of Andres Carrasco and Kieren Thompson extended their undefeated doubles record to 4-0. The two faced off against Arthur Surreaux and Marc Westgate and in similar fashion like court two, the Wildcats won 8-6. Carrasco and Thompson fell behind 3-2 early on, but fought back, trading games with Surreaux and Westgate all the way up until the last game. The Wildcat duo climbed to a 7-5 lead, but Surreaux and Westgate earned the next game, but then it was the Wildcats who sealed the match and the doubles point, 8-6.
In the No. 1 spot, the tandem of senior Geoff Embry and junior Jason Zafiros squared off against Matej Stakne and Jim Brouleau, a familiar duo. The Wildcat pair faced Stakne and Brouleau in the finals of the New Mexico State Invitational in September, falling 8-5. Today, Embry and Zafiros dropped a tight doubles match in a 9-8, (7-4) tiebreaker. The match had seven ties throughout the match coming down to the wire.
The Wildcats carried their momentum into singles play, claiming five solid wins. Playing in the No. 1 spot, for the third time this season, No. 107-ranked Carrasco took on No. 77-ranked Surreaux. Carrasco breezed through straight sets 6-1, 6-1 to upset Surreaux and build the Wildcats lead to 2-0. The senior has now notched 63 singles wins in his career as a Wildcat.
Arizona quickly built a 5-0 lead, after Zafiros, Urquidi and Thompson all clinched wins within seconds of each other. In the No. 2 slot, Zafiros, battled Brouleau in a three-setter. In the first set, the Bradenton, Fla. native topped Brouleau 6-4, dropped the second set 6-3, before blanking Brouleau 6-0 in the third. Zafiros is four wins shy of reaching the 60 plus singles milestone in his three years as a Wildcat.
In the No. 6 spot, Urquidi for the fourth time this season has clinched the match for the Wildcats, counting the match on Friday against Sacramento State where he claimed the last singles match to force doubles action to determine the final point. In the first set, the El Paso, Texas native took Felipe Frattini into a tiebreaker, edging Frattini 7-6 (8-6). In the second set, Urquidi rolled on to win 6-1 to tack up the Wildcats fourth point of the day.
Seconds after, Thompson padded the lead to 5-0 for the Wildcats in the No. 5 position. The freshman dispatched Ramirez in the first set 6-3 and powered his way to a 6-4 second set victory. Thompson is undefeated at home in singles play.
The Wildcats sixth and final point of the day came in the No. 4 slot. Embry, like Zafiros battled back in a three-setter after dropping the first set. The senior took on Stakne, falling in the first set 6-3, before winning the next two sets, 6-3, 6-3. With the win, Embry improves to 6-2 in dual match action.
The Aggies got on the board in the No. 3 spot. New Mexico State's Superlano edged Vidaller in three sets. In the first set, Vidaller fell before early 4-1, and recovered at 5-2, but Superlano clinched the first set 6-2. In the second set, the freshman propelled his way to a 6-2 win, but in the third, Superlano jumpstarted to a 3-1 lead, and Vidaller earned two more games, but the freshman dropped a 6-3 decision.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 8-5 and improve to 7-1 at home, while New Mexico State drops to 7-5.
Next up, Arizona will host Oklahoma on Friday, March 11 at 12 p.m.
No. 42 Arizona 6, No. 56 New Mexico State 1
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center -- Tucson, Ariz.
1. Stakne/Brouleau (NMSU) def. Embry/Zafiros (UA) 9-8 (4)
2. Urquidi/Vidaller (UA) def. Superlano/Ramirez (NMSU) 8-6
3. Carrasco/Thompson (UA) def. Surreaux/Westgate (NMSU) 8-6*
Arizona Wins Doubles Point
Order of finish, 2,3*,1
*Clinched doubles point
1. No. 107 Andres Carrasco (UA) def. No. 77 Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
3. Orlando Superlano (NMSU) def. Andre Vidaller (UA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
4. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Matej Stakne (NMSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Felipe Frattini (NMSU) 7-6 (6), 6-1*
Order of finish, 1,2,6*,5,4,3
*Clinched the match