Jan. 29, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team secured their second win of the weekend in a close match against the San Francisco Dons. The day began with doubles play where the Cats clinched two matches and the point. In singles action, sophomore Mario Urquidi clinched the fourth point and the win for the Wildcats.
The match marked the third meeting of the two schools with Arizona (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) holding the 3-0 advantage over the Dons (1-0, 0-0 WCC).
“These guys were tough,” said head coach Tad Berkowtiz. “We beat Sacramento State 4-3 on Friday and they beat them 7-0 yesterday. It was a good win for the guys.”
Carlos Bermudez teamed up with Urquidi on court three of doubles play. The South Western duo took an early lead over Jonathon Knowlman and Mark DeCastro and never gave it up. They clinched the match, 8-2.
On court two, Andre Vidaller and Sebastian Ionescu forced Jacob Hartwig and Germain Bahri to play a game of catch up. The Wildcat duo began the match at 1-0 but dropped the next two games. With the match at 2-1 in favor of San Francisco the Wildcats came back to take the lead, 3-2. The Dons answered by tying the match at three all when the Wildcats again took the lead. Hartwig and Bahri tied the match at four before Vidaller and Ionescu pulled away to win, 8-4 and clinch the doubles point for Arizona.
On court one, Giacomo Miccini and Sumeet Shinde remained locked in an uphill battle with Thai Tu and William Schumacher. The Wildcat duo was down 6-3 when they rallied to win three consecutive games and tie the match at six all. Miccini and Shinde dropped the next game giving San Francisco the 7-6 advantage but came back to tie the math at 7-7 and force the tiebreaker. The Wildcat duo dropped the tiebreaker and the match to San Francisco, 8-7 (4).
With the Wildcats holding the 1-0 advantage, the match entered singles play. Shinde finished first on court four, where he defeated DeCastro. The Pune, India native came from behind in the first set and won four straight games to clinch the set, 6-4. In the second set, Shinde held DeCastro to two wins to clinch the set, 6-2 as well as Arizona’s second point of the day.
On court one, Miccini suffered his first singles loss of the season as he was edged by Tu. The Recanati, Italy native saw his only lead of the day at 2-1 in the first set. Tu won the next two games before Miccini clinched his last win of the set. Miccini dropped the set, 6-3. In the second set, Tu took a 4-0 lead over the Arizona sophomore answered back with four wins, tying the set. The next two games ended in favor of San Francisco and the Dons earned their first point of the day.
Third to finish was Vidaller on court two. The sophomore from Santos, Brazil was edged by Schumacher in a back and forth match. In the first set, Vidaller never saw a lead as he fell, 6-3. The second set began with Schumacher in the lead, 3-0 when Vidaller won three consecutive games to tie the set. After two more games the set was tied at 4 all before Schumacher won two straight to clinch the match and the second point for the Dons.
With the match tied at two points to both teams, eyes turned to court three where Bermudez entered a third set with Bahri. The Tucson local won the first set, 6-3 but dropped a close second set, 7-5. In the third set, Bermudez took the lead at 3-2 and refused to relinquish it. He won the set, 6-3 and gave the Wildcats the one point advantage.
Next to finish was Urquidi on court six where he played Richard Burcalem. The El Paso, Texas native fell 7-6 (4) in the first set and came back to win the second set, 6-4. With the match riding on courts five and six, Urquidi entered a third set. Urquidi took and early 4-0 lead before Burcalem answered with two wins. The Arizona sophomore won the next two games to clinch the set and the match for Arizona.
With the match clinched in favor of Arizona, Kieren Thompson entered a third set against Bernardo Saraiva. The Brisbane, Australia native won the first set 6-4 before Saraiva came back to win the final sets, 6-3, 6-1.
Arizona improves to 3-0 while San Francisco falls to 1-1.
The Wildcats will continue their homestand next weekend when they host Cal Poly at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.
1. Tu/Schumacher (USF) def. Miccini/Shinde (UA), 8-7 (4)
2. Vidaller/Ionescu (UA) def. Hartwig/Bahri (USF), 8-4*
3. Bermudez/Urquidi (UA) def. Knowlman/DeCastro (SF), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2*,1
*Clinch doubles point
1. Thai Tu (USF) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA), 6-3, 6-4
2. William Schumacher (USF) def. Andre Vidaller (UA), 6-3, 6-4
3. Carlos Bermudez (UA) def. Germain Bahri (USF), 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
4. Sumeet Shinde (UA) def. Mark DeCastro (USF), 6-4, 6-2
5. Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. Kieren Thompson (UA), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
6. Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Richard Burcalem (USF), 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2*
Order of finish: 4, 1, 2, 4, 3, 6*,5