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Rice Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/08/2008
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HOUSTON , Texas ?C The Arizona menˇ?s tennis team dropped their first match of the season, losing on the road vs. No. 23 Rice; 5-2.

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The Cats began the afternoon by sweeping all three doubles matches and moving ahead 1-0.

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The No. 3 doubles team of Pat Metham and Andres Carrasco put away Bruno Rosa and Tobias Scheil; 8-4.

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Arizona gained the doubles point when Bruno Alcala and Ravid Hazi beat Chong Wang and Filip Zivojinovic; 8-3.

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Rice would rebound strongly, as they went onto win five out of the six singles matches. Arizona did not make it easy though with three of the six singles matches requiring three sets.

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No. 45 Ralph Knupfer defeated Peter Zimmer first 6-1, 6-0. Then No. 37 Claudio Christen lost to Bruno Rosa; 7-6 (12-10), 7-5.

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The Cats picked up their lone singles win when freshman Jay Goldman knocked off No. 34 Christopher Muller; 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

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ˇ?This was a tough match to lose today because we had some chances to win,ˇ± said head coach Tad Berkowitz. ˇ?I believe weˇ?re getting close as a team and not far away from beating schools like the one we faced today. Now we just need to regroup and play hard tomorrow.ˇ±

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Arizona will look to rebound as they play Texas A&M Corpus Christi tomorrow at Rice beginning at 11 a.m.

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