Feb. 17, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team dropped their fourth consecutive match today with a 7-0 loss to the No. 24-ranked San Diego Toreros. The match marked the 18th meeting of the two schools and was held at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
“Doubles showed signs of improvement today, we just need to improve,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “They are a top-25 team and we are really young. We showed signs of improvement over last weekend. We just need to keep working hard and keep improving and our time will come down the road.”
The day began with doubles play where the Cats were edged on courts one and three.
On court one, sophomore Andre Vidaller teamed up with freshman Sumeet Shinde to play they Torero duo of Nikola Bubnic and Thibaut Visy. The Wildcat team fell 8-0, marking Arizona’s first loss of the day.
Claiming Arizona’s only win of the day was the freshman-sophomore duo of Sebastian Ionescu and Giacomo Miccini on court two. The duo took an early lead over San Diego’s Ciaran Fitzgerald and Patrick Pohlman, winning three straight games. The Torero team began to fight back and brought the match to 3-1. The teams traded wins until the match reached 6-3 in favor of Arizona. Ionescu and Miccini won the next two games to clinch the match, 8-3.
With the doubles point at stake eyes turned to court three, where the Wildcats’ southwestern duo of Carlos Bermudez and Mario Urquidi battled Victor Pugliese and Clarke Spinosa. The teams traded wins to tie the match at two games apiece when the Wildcat duo answered with two consecutive wins to take the lead at 4-2. The Toreros fought back to tie the match a second time at 4 wins apiece. The teams traded wins but Arizona remained a step behind until they tied the match for a third time at 7 games each. Arizona then took the lead at 8-7 but San Diego answered with a win a tied the match one final time at 8 all. The match entered a tiebreak and San Diego pulled ahead to claim the match, 9-8 (2).
With the doubles point in favor of San Diego, the match entered singles play where the Cats were edged on all six courts.
First to finish was Ionescu on court five. The Braila, Romainia native fell 6-0, 6-0 to Fitzgerad.
On court four, Bermudez was next to finish in his battle with Visy. Bermudez fell behind early but fought back to bring the first set to 4-2 in favor of San Diego. Visy answered by claiming the next two games and the first set, 6-2. In the second set, the Tucson local took the lead at 2-1 but was held to those two wins when Visy answered with five consecutive wins to claim the set and the match, 6-2.
Third to finish was Shinde, on court four. The Pune, India native fell behind early, dropping the first set, 6-0 to Spinosa. In the second set, Shinde took the lead at 2-1 but Spinosa claimed the next five games to win the set, 6-2. The Win marked the fourth point for San Diego and clinched the match in their favor.
On court two, Miccini battled Bubnic in a close first set. The two swapped leads until the match tied at four games each. Bubnic pulled ahead brining the match to 5-4 but Miccini fought back to tie the match a second time at 5-5. The Recanati, Italy native was held to those five wins when Bubnic won two consecutive games to clinch the set, 7-5. In the second set, Miccini dropped the first game but quickly tied the set at one win each. Bubnic won the next five games to clinch the set, 6-1.
Vidaller took an early lead in his match with Pohlman on court one. The Santos, Brazil native won four straight games before Pohlman claimed two straight. Vidaller clinched the next game to bring the set to, 5-2. Pohlman won the next five games to clinch the set, 7-5. In the second set of the match, Pohlman won three straight before Vidaller fought back to win a game. Pohlman answered with three more wins to clinch the set, 6-1.
Last to finish was Urquidi on court six. The El Paso, Texas native remained one game behind until he tied the first set with Pugliese at five games each. Pugliese won the next two games to clinch the set, 7-5. In the second set, Urquidi again remained one game behind before tying the set at four wins apiece. Urquidi fell behind again at 5-4 and dropped the next game and the set, 6-4.
Arizona falls to 3-4 while San Diego Improves to 4-2.
The Wildcats will be back in action on Sunday when they host the Denver Pioneers at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 19.
No. 24 San Diego 7, Arizona 0
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center
1.Bubnic/Visy (USD) def. Vidaller/Shinde (UA), 8-0
2.Miccini/Ionescu (UA) def. Fitzgerald/Polhman (USD), 8-3
3.Pugliese/Spinosa (USD) def. Urquidi/Bermudez (UA), 8-9 (2)*
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*
*Clinch doubles point
1.Patrick Pohlman (USD) def. Andre Vidaller (UA), 7-5, 6-1
2.Nikola Bubnic (USD) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA), 7-5, 6-1
3.Clarke Spinosa (USD) def. Sumeet Shinde (UA), 6-0, 6-2*
4.Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Carlos Bermudez (UA), 6-2, 6-2
5. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA), 6-0, 6-0
6.Victor Pugliese (USD) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 7-5, 6-4
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3*, 2, 1, 6