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Men's Tennis Remains Winless in Pac-12 Play
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 13, 2012
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April 13, 2012

Eugene, Ore. -

The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team remains winless in Pac-12 play with a 6-1 loss to the Oregon Ducks. The Cats dropped the doubles point and were topped in five of six singles matches.

“We played with some adversity today but we still put ourselves in a position to win,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “Oregon snuck out a couple of close matches at the end and that’s what got us.”

In doubles play, Oregon edged Arizona on all three courts. Finishing first was the team of Mario Urquidi and Carlos Bermudez on court three. The duo was topped 8-3 by Daniel Sardu and Aaron Clissold. On court one, Kieren Thompson and Sumeet Shinde teamed up to play Jeff Mullen and Robin Cambier. The Arizona duo was edged, 8-4, for Arizona’s second loss of the day. Rounding out doubles play was the team of Sebastian Ionescu and Andre Vidaller on court two. The team battled Jose Izquierdo and Alex Rovello but were edged, 8-5.

With the doubles point in favor of the Ducks the teams entered singles play. On court two, Urquidi was first to finish in his match with Rovello. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas was topped, 6-1, 6-3. Finishing second was Shinde on court three. The freshman from Pune, India fought a close first set with Mullen but was topped, 7-5. In the second set, Mullen built momentum and edged Shinde, 6-3. On court six, Ionescu finished third in his match against Clissold. Ionescu, a freshman from Braila, Romania, fought two close sets but was ultimately topped, 6-4, 7-6 (3). The match marked the fourth point for the Ducks and clinched the match in their favor.

On court four, Bermudez took on Sardu in a close three set competition. In the first set, the two battled their way to a 6-6 tie and entered a tiebreaker. Bermudez clinched the tiebreaker 7-5 to claim the first set, 7-6 (5). In the second set, Sardu came back to top Bermudez, 6-3. With the match tied at one set apiece the court entered a third set where Sardu edged Bermudez, 6-4, to claim the match.

Earning Arizona’s only win of the day was Thompson on court five. In the first set, Thompson and Izquierdo tied the score at six games each and entered a tiebreaker. Thompson, a sophomore from Brisbane, Australia, claimed the tiebreaker 7-5 to earn the set 7-6 (5). In the second set, Thompson kept the momentum in his favor and earned the set, 6-3.

Last to finish was Vidaller on court one. The Santos, Brazil native dropped the first set 6-4 to Cambier. In the second set, Vidaller rebounded to dominate the competition and claim the set, 6-2. With the match tied a third set was entered and Cambier edged Vidaller, 6-2.

With the loss Arizona falls to 5-15 overall and 0-5 in Pac-12 play while Oregon improves to 16-5 overall and 1-4 in Pac-12 play.

The Cats will be back in action as they travel to Washington to play the Huskies on Sunday, April 13 at 11 a.m.

Complete Results
Oregon, 6 def. Arizona, 1
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1. Mullen/Cambier (UO) def. Thompson/Shinde (UA) 8-4
2. Izquierdo/Rovello (UO) def. Ionescu/Vidaller (UA) 8-5
3. Sardu/Clissold (UO) def. Urquidi/Bermudez (UA) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1*, 2
*Clinch doubles point

1. Robin Cambier (UO) def. Andre Vidaller (UA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
2. Alex Rovello (UO) def. Mario Urquidi (UA) 6-1, 6-3
3. Jeff Mullen (UO) def. Sumeet Shinde (UA) 7-5, 6-3
4. Daniel Sardu (UO) def. Carlos Bermudez (UA) 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4
5. Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Jose Izquierdo (UO) 7-6 (5), 6-3
6. Aaron Clissold (UO) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA) 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 6*, 4, 5, 1
*Clinch match

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