Jan. 27, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team battled their way to a 4-3 victory over the Sacramento State Hornets to clinch their second victory of the season. The Cats swept through doubles and won three singles matches at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The match marked the fourth meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a perfect 4-0 all-time record over the Hornets.
“The win today was good, and I think we learned how deep college tennis is,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “Even though this isn’t a PAC-12 school, they have won their conference and played in the NCAA tournament for the last 10 years. It was a good learning experience for the freshman.”
In doubles action, the Cats clinched all three matches and the first point of the day.
Newcomer Sebastian Ionescu made his colligate tennis debut as he partnered up with sophomore Andre Vidaller on court two. With the match at 7-3 Merek Marksoo and Roy Brandys battled back to bring the match to 7-4. Ionescu and Vidaller held them to those for wins by clinching the next game and the doubles point for the Wildcats.
On court one, Giacomo Miccini and Sumeet Shinde fought a long battle against Javier Millan and Sean Kolar. The duo took an early lead at 2-1 when the Hornets battled back to take the lead at 3-2. The Cats came back to tie the match at 3 all and Sacramento State answered with two straight wins. The teams continued to battle back and forth until the match came down to a 6-6 tie and they entered a tiebreaker. Miccini and Shinde came out strong winning the first five points. Millan and Kolar answered back with the next three. With the tiebreaker at 5-3, the Cats took the next two wins to clinch the match, 7-6 (3).
With wins on all three courts and the doubles point in favor of the Wildcats, singles play began.
Bermudez was first to finish on court two where he played Millan. The Tucson local came out slow, falling behind 2-1, he came back to tie the set at 2-2 and after a back and forth battle was edged 6-3. In the second set, the two traded leads before Millan pulled away to win the set, 6-2.
On court three, Vidaller held Brandys to four wins in two sets to clinch Arizona’s second point of the day. The Santos, Brazil native won the first set 6-1 and took an early lead in the second set. With the set at 4-1 Brandys began to fight back bringing the set to 5-3. Vidaller clinched the next game and the set, 6-3.
The Wildcats earned their third point of the day on court one where Miccini defeated Milko. Miccini, a native of Recanati, Italy, held Milko to two wins in as many sets and clinched the match, 6-2, 6-0.
Arizona looked to Shinde on court four to clinch the fourth point and the match for the Wildcats. The freshman from Pune, India came through for the Wildcats in a long battle with Kolar. The first set tied for the first time at 5 all when Kolar came back to take his first lead of the day. Shinde answered with another win to bring the set to 6 all and force the tiebreaker. Shinde dominated the tiebreaker and won the set, 7-6 (1). In the second set, Shinde held Kolar to three wins, clinching the match for the Wildcats.
“Sumeet had to step up and pull us out of a jam today,” Berkowitz said.
With the Wildcats ahead 4-1, matches on courts five and six entered third sets.
On court five, Ionescu, who joined the team in December, was edged by Marksoo. The Braila, Romania native won the first set 6-3 but dropped the second 6-0. In the third set, Ionescu fought to tie the set at 3 all before Marksoo pulled away to win, 6-3.
“Everything has been rushed for him with the holidays and then coming to the US for the first time,” Berkowitz said. “He has been practicing more in the last ten days than he has in a while.”
Last to finish was Urquidi on court six. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas dropped the first set 6-4 to Hultkrantz but fought back to force a tiebreaker in the second set. Bringing the match to one set a piece, Urquidi clinched the second set, 7-6 (5). Urquidi fell 6-2 in the third set and dropped the match to Hultkrantz.
Arizona Improves to 2-0 while Sacramento State falls to 0-1.
The Cats will be back in action on Sunday, Jan. 29 when they play the San Francisco Dons. The match is set to begin at 12 p.m. at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
1. Miccini/Shinde (UA) def. Millan/Kolar (CSUS), 7-6 (3)
2. Vidaller/Ionescu (UA) def. Marksoo/Brandys (CSUS), 8-4*
3. Urquidi/Bermudez (UA) def. Malko/Hultkrantz (CSUS), 8-2
Order of finish: 3,2*,1
*Clinch doubles point
1. Giacomo Miccini (UA) def. Aliaksandr Malko (CSUS), 6-2, 6-0
2. Javier Millan (CSUC) def. Carlos Bermudez (UA), 6-3, 6-2
3. Andre Vidaller (UA) def. Roy Brandys (CSUS), 6-1, 6-3 4.
4. Sumeet Shinde (UA) def. Sean Kolar (CSUS), 7-6 (1), 6-3*
5. Merek Marksoo (CSUS) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA), 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
6. Jonathan Hultkrantz (CSUS) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2
Order of finish: 2,3,1,4*,5,6