March 17, 2012
Boise, Idaho -
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team fought back after dropping the doubles point to top the Idaho Vandals, 4-3. The teams fought a marathon battle and after four hours and forty minutes of play, the Cats came away with a win to complete their spring break lineup.
In doubles play, Idaho swept Arizona to clinch the doubles point. On court one, Giacomo Miccini and Sebastian Ionescu teamed up to play Jose Bendeck and Cristobal Ramos-Salazar. The Wildcat duo was edged, 8-4. Forcing a tiebreak was the team of Mario Urquidi and Carlos Bermudez on court two. The two brought the match to a tie at eight when the Vandal team of Abid Akbar and Andrew Dobbs took the match 9-8 (6). On court three, Sumeet Shinde and Andre Vidaller took on Fillip Fichtel and Marius Cirstea. The Arizona duo was topped, 8-5, and the doubles point went to the Vandals.
In singles action, the Cats came out strong and clinched four matches, earning their second win of the week.
“Our four sophomore got the job done today,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “They all competed well.”
Earning Arizona’s first singles win of the day was Vidaller on court two. The sophomore from Santos, Brazil defeated Akbar, 6-1, 6-1. The victory tied the overall match score at 1-1.
On court four, Bermudez was next to finish in his match with Bendeck. The freshman from Tucson was edged, 6-2, 6-2 and the Vandals took the lead at two points to one.
Tying the overall match score at two points to each team was Urquidi on court three. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas earned the first set, 6-3, over Ramos-Salazar. In the second set, Ramos-Salazar came back to top Urquidi, 6-2, and the match entered a third set. Urquidi earned the third set, 6-4, and clinched the match.
On court six, Ionescu fought a back and forth battle with Alan Shin. Ionescu dropped the first set, 6-2, but came back to clinch the second set, 6-3 and force the match to enter a third set. In the third set, the freshman from Braila, Romania dropped the set, 6-3. The loss marked the third point for the Vandals and put them back on top with a 3-2 overall match score.
Miccini, playing Cirstea on court one, dropped the first set, 6-1, but came back to earn a close second set at 7-5. The match entered a third set and the sophomore from Recanati, Italy topped Cirstea, 6-4, to clinch the match.
With the overall match score at three points to each team, it came down to Kieren Thompson and Cesar Torres on court five. Thompson dropped the first set, 6-4, but rebounded to earn the second, 6-4. The match came down to the third set and the two fought a close battle where Thompson, a sophomore from Brisbane, Australia, topped Torres, 7-5, and clinched the win for the Wildcats.
With the win Arizona improves to 5-10 while Idaho falls to 8-10.
The Cats will be back in action on March 30 when they open Pac-12 play in Tucson. Arizona Will host Stanford at 1:30 p.m. at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Arizona, 4 def. Idaho, 3
1. Bendeck/Ramos-Salazar (UI) def. Miccini/Ionescu (UA), 8-4
2. Akbar/Dobbs (UI) def. Urquidi/Bermudez (UA), 9-8 (6)
3. Fichtel/Cirstea (UI) def. Shinde/Vidaller (UA), 8-5
Order of Finish: Not reported
1. Giacomo Miccini (UA) def. Marius Cirstea (UI), 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
2. Andre Vidaller (UA) def. Abid Akbar (UI), 6-1, 6-1
3. Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Cristobal Ramos-Salazar (UI), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
4. Jose Bendeck (UI) def. Carlos Bermudez (UA), 6-2, 6-2
5. Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Cesar Torres (UI), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
6. Alan Shin (UI) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 6, 1, 5*