April 7, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team dropped their fourth match of conference play with a 6-1 loss to the No.1-ranked USC Trojans. Arizona dropped the doubles point and fell in five of six singles matches. Earning Arizona’s only point of the day was Carlos Bermudez who earned his second singles victory of Pac-12 play.
"They are making top teams earn it and making them work,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “These guys didn't come in here and blow us out they had to earn it. It's great experience to play the number one team in the country on our home courts, they competed with these guys today."
In doubles play, the Cats dropped all three matches to start the day with the doubles point in favor of the Trojans.
On court two, Sumeet Shinde and Mario Urquidi were first to finish in their match against Daniel Nguyen and Ray Sarmiento. The Wildcat duo clinched the first game but Nguyen and Sarmiento rebounded to claim the next seven straight. With the match at 7-1, the Shinde and Urquidi claimed their second game to bring the match to 6-2. The win would mark their last as Nguyen and Sarmiento won the next game to top the Wildcats, 8-2.
Finishing second was the team of Bermudez and Kieren Thomson on court three. The duo dropped the first game to Emilio Gomez and Yannick Hanfmann but came back to win the second. Gomez and Hanfmann answered by winning the next game but the Wildcat duo tied it up again with the next win. The Trojan team rebounded to win the next two games and bring the match to 4-2 before Arizona claimed another game. The win would mark the last for the Arizona duo as Gomez and Hanfmann claimed the next four straight and clinched the match, 8-3.
With the doubles point clinched, Giacomo Miccini and Sebastian Ionescu remained locked in a close battle where they forced Roberto Quiroz and Steve Johnson to come from behind to earn the match. Miccini and Ionescu claimed the first game but Quiroz and S. Johnson came back to tie the match at one. The Wildcat duo then began to dominate the completion and won the next three games straight. Quiroz and S. Johnson clinched another game to bring the match to 4-2 but the Arizona duo answered with another win to extend their lead to 5-2. The Trojan team then claimed their third game of the match before Arizona won another to bring the score to 6-3. Quiroz and S. Johnson answered with the next three wins to tie the match at six games to each team and with the doubles point already decided a tiebreaker was entered. In the tiebreaker, the Trojan team claimed three points before Miccini and Ionescu earned their first. Quiroz and S. Johnson answered with the next two points to bring the score to 5-1. The Arizona duo earned the next point but that would be their last as the USC team came back to win the next two and claim the match, 7-6 (2).
With the doubles point in favor of the Trojans the teams entered singles play where the Cats fought close battles but were edged on five of six courts.
On court three, Urquidi was first to finish in his match with Gomez. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas dropped the first three games before claiming a win. The win would mark his last in the set as Gomez answered with the next three games to claim the set, 6-1. In the second set, Urquidi started out strong by earning the first game but Gomez quickly rebounded to clinch the next three. Urquidi answered with a win to bring the set to 3-2 in favor of Gomez. The two traded wins and brought the set to 4-3 with Urquidi still one game behind. Gomez answered with the next two wins to top Urquidi and win the set, 6-3.
Finishing second was Miccini in his match against S. Johnson on court one. The two began the match even tying it up at one, two, three and four games each but S. Johnson came out on top, clinching the set, 6-4. In the second set, S. Johnson earned the first game before Miccini, a shophomore from Recanati, Italy, came back to tie the match at one game a piece. The win would mark his last of the day as S. Johnson clinched the next five straight and claimed the set, 6-1.
On court three, Ionescu fought an uphill battle with Jordi Vives. In the first set, Vives claimed the first five games before Ionescu answered with a win. Ionescu’s efforts weren’t enough as Vives rebounded to clinch the next game and win the set, 6-1. In the second set, Vives earned the first two games before Ionescu fought back to tie the match at two games each. Vives answered with a win but Ionescu came back to tie the set a second time. Vives claimed the next two games to bring the match to 5-3 but Ionescu answered with the next two wins to tie the set one last time at five games each. Vives answered with the next two wins and topped Ionescu, 7-5.
Andre Vidaller was next to finish in his match against Sarmiento on court two. Sarmiento clinched the first game but Vidaller, a sophomore from Santos, Brazil, came back to tie the set at one. Sarmiento took the lead a second time but Vidaller fought him off and tied the match at two games each. Sarmineto answered with the next two wins to bring the set to 4-2 but Vidaller rebounded to tie the set for a third time at four games each. The two traded wins to tie the set again at five and for a final time at six. The court entered a tiebreaker and the two fought another battle of ties. Vidaller fought back from behind to tie the score at one and two and took his first lead at 3-2. Sarmiento answered with the next point to tie it up at three but Vidaller rebounded to win the next point and take the lead once again. Sarmiento claimed the next three points and took the lead at 6-4 but Vidaller ansered by winning the next two and tying the score one final time at six points each. Sarmiento came back to clinch the next point and took the set, 7-6 (6). In the second set, Vidaller took an early lead by winning the first game but Sarmiento tied it up at one. Vidaller answered with the next two wins before Sarmiento fought back to tie it up as second time at three games each. Sarmiento kept the momentum in his favor and clinched the next three games to earn the set, 6-3.
On court four, Shinde remained locked in a close battle with Quiroz. The freshman from Pune, India claimed the first game but Quiroz came back to tie the set at one game each. Shinde answered with the next win to take the lead once again but Quiroz came back a second time to tie the set at two. Shinde rebounded to win the next game and take the lead at 3-2 but the win would mark his last in the set as Quiroz answered with the next four wins and clinched the set, 6-3. In the second set, Quiroz claimed the first game but Shinde came back to tie the set at one game each. Quiroz answered with the next three wins and took the lead at 4-1. Shinde fought his way back into the set and tied it up at four. Quiroz answered with another win but Shinde rebounded to tie it up once again at five games each. The win would mark Shinde’s last as Quiroz claimed the next two games and won the set, 7-5. The loss marks Shinde’s first in conference play as he holds a 3-1 record against Pac-12 opponents.
Last to finish was Bermudez on court five. The freshman from Tucson took and early 3-0 lead over Eric Johnson but E. Johnson fought back to tie the set at three games each. Bermudez answered with the next win but E. Johnson rebounded to tie the match a second time at four. The two traded wins and tied the set one final time at five games each before Bermudez claimed two straight to clinch the set, 7-5. In the second set, Bermudez again took the early lead at 3-0 before E. Johnson came back to win one. This time, the run would stop at one as Bermudez clinched the next game and brought the set to 4-1. E. Johnson answered with the next three wins to tie the set at four games each but Bermudez fought back to take the lead once again at 5-4. E. Johnson rebounded to win the next game and tie the set at five games but Bermudez held him to those five wins by claiming the next two games and clinching the set, 7-5.
Arizona falls to 5-14 overall and 0-4 in Pac-12 play while USC remains undefeated, improving to 22-0 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play.
The Wildcats will hit the road for the first time in conference play as they travel to Oregon and Washington next weekend. First, the Cats will take on Oregon on April 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Eugene, Ore. On Sunday, the Cats will head to Seattle to play Washington at 11 a.m.
No. 1 USC, 6 def. Arizona, 1
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center
1. Quiroz/S. Johnson (USC) def. MIccini/Ionescu (UA), 7-6 (2)
2. Nguyen/Sarmiento (USC) def. Urquidi/Shinde (UA), 8-2
3. Gomez/Hanfmann (USC) def. Bermudez/Thompson (UA), 8-3
Order of finish: 2, 3*,1
*Clinch doubles point
1. Steve Johnson (USC) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA), 6-4, 6-1
2. Ray Saramiento (USC) def. Andre Vidaller (UA), 7-6 (6), 6-3
3. Emilio Gomez (USC) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 6-1, 6-3
4. Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. Sumeet Shinde (UA), 6-3, 7-5
5. Carlos Bermudez (UA) def. Eric Johnson (USC), 7-5, 7-5
6. Jordi Vives (USC) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA), 6-1, 7-5
Order of finish: 3, 1, 6*, 2, 4, 5