Feb. 13, 2011
TUCSON - The No. 43-ranked University of Arizona men's tennis team suffered their first loss at home today in a 6-1 decision against the No.50-ranked San Diego Toreros. The Wildcats dropped the doubles point for the first time this season and had their three match winning streak come to an end.
"USD played very well today," head coach Tad Berkowitz said. "They just flat out beat us in all aspects of the game."
In doubles action, emotions ran high, with the Toreros clinching two out of the three matches. In the No. 1 position, the No. 7-ranked USD duo of Dean Jackson and Patrick Pohlmann powered their way to an 8-3 victory over the freshman-senior tandem of Giacomo Miccini and Geoff Embry. The two teams battled at 2-2 before Jackson and Pohlmann answered with five straight games to build a 7-2 lead before Miccini and Embry responded and then the USD pair captured the 8-3 win.
The Wildcats grabbed a tight doubles win on court two, balancing the score at one match a piece. The dynamic duo of junior Jason Zafiros and freshman Andre Vidaller took down the USD pair of Nikola Bubnic and Nils Schive 8-6. The Wildcat pair built a 3-1 lead before Bubnic and Schive answered with a game. Eventually Zafiros and Vidaller took a 7-3 lead but the USD pair answered with three games to make it 7-6, but the Wildcat duo held off the Torero comeback to seal the 8-6 win.
The Toreros notched the doubles point in the No. 3 spot with Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy edging out the Wildcat senior duo of Borja Malo and Jay Goldman. The two teams battled trading games throughout the match before they tied at six all and Spinosa and Visy marked the 8-6 win.
Feeding off of their doubles momentum, the Toreros clinched five out the six singles matches. In the No. 4 spot, Miccini dropped the first set 6-3 and fell 6-1 in the second set to Spinosa.
On court three, Zafiros suffered his first loss of the season against Pohlmann. In the first set, the junior fell behind early 5-0 before Pohlmann captured the first set 6-1. In the second set, Zafiros fell short 6-1.
Bubnic clinched the match for the Toreros on court two against senior Andres Carrasco. Bubnic came out powering his way through the first three games before Carrasco answered, but Bubnic built a 4-2 lead and sealed a 6-3 win. In the second set, Bubnic defeated Carrasco 6-2 to clinch the match.
The Wildcats fell behind 5-0 after USD's Jackson, who is ranked No. 7 in the ITA rankings, topped Goldman in the No. 1 spot. Goldman dropped the first set 6-3 and was defeated 6-2 in the second set.
Malo put the Wildcat's on the board, notching the team's only point of the day in the No. 6 position against USD's Emilio Mora. The senior dispatched Mora 6-1 in the first set before squeezing out the 7-6 (7-5) breaker.
The Wildcats dropped their fifth singles match of the day in the No. 5 spot. Vidaller fell short in a tough first set 7-6 (8-6) and then dropped the second set 6-1.
1. No. 7 Jackson/Pohlmann (USD) def. Embry/Miccini (UA) 8-3
2. Zafiros/Vidaller (UA) def. Bubnic/Schive (USD) 8-6
3. Spinosa/Visy (USD) def. Malo/Goldman (UA) 8-6*
San Diego Wins Doubles Point
Order of finish, 1,2,3*
*Clinched doubles point
1. No. 31 Dean Jackson (USD) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 6-3, 6-2
2. Nikola Bubnic (USD) def. Andres Carrasco (UA) 6-3, 6-2*
3. Patrick Pohlmann (USD) def. Jason Zafiros (UA) 6-1, 6-1
4. Clarke Spinosa (USD) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA) 6-3, 6-1
5. Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Andre Vidaller (UA) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
6. Borja Malo (UA) def. Emilio Mora (USD) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
Order of finish, 4,3,2*,1,6,5
*Clinched the match