April 15, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team dropped their sixth straight conference match with a 7-0 loss to the 25th-ranked Washington Huskies. The match marks the first in Pac-12 play where the Cats were unable to secure a singles victory.
“The northwest trip is always challenging and I hope our guys gained experience playing in different conditions,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “We will gear ourselves back up and look to get a win on Saturday for our last regular season match.”
The Wildcats started out the day down 1-0 with losses on all three doubles courts. Finishing first was the team of Sebastian Ionescu and Andre Vidaller on court two. The Wildcat duo was topped 8-2 by Marton Bots and Matt Stith. On court one, Sumeet Shinde and Kieren Thompson teamed up to take on Emmett Egger and Kyle McMorrow. The Arizona team was edged, 8-5, and the doubles point went to the Huskies. Finishing last was the team of Carlos Bermudez and Mario Urquidi on court three. The duo dropped their match against Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou, 8-5, to wrap up doubles play for the day.
In singles action, the Cats were unable to come back and were topped on all six courts.
Finishing first was Vidaller on court one where he took on No. 18-ranked-McMorrow. Vidaller, a sophomore from Santos, Brazil, dropped the match, 6-2, 6-1.
Ionescu was next to finish in his match with Manthou on court five. The freshman from Braila, Romania was edged, 6-1, 6-2.
In his first conference singles match of the season, junior Frank Chen took on Nicholas Kimisar on court six. Chen, a native of Houlu, Tauchung Cournty, Taiwan, dropped a close first set, 6-4, and was topped, 6-1,in the second set.
On court two, Urquidi battled Egger in two close sets. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas dropped the match 6-3, 6-4. Forcing a tiebreaker in the first ser was Thompson on court four. The sophomore from Brisbane, Australia brought the first set against Viktor Farkas to a tie at six games each and forced a tiebreaker where he was topped 7-5. The momentom stayed with Farkas and he earned the second set for a 7-6(5), 6-1 victory over Thompson.
Earning Arizona’s only set of the day was Shinde on court three. The freshman from Pune, India dominated the first set with a 6-1 victory over Bots. Bots quickly rebounded and claimed the next two sets, 6-3 and 6-1.
With the loss Arizona falls to 5-16 overall and 0-6 in Pac-12 play while the Huskies improve to 14-7 overall and 2-4 in Pac-12 play.
Next weekend, the Cats will host their last match of the season as they take on Utah at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The match is set for Saturday, April 21 at noon.
No. 25 Washington def. Arizona
Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center
1. Egger/McMorrow (UW) def. Shinde/Thompson (UA), 8-5
2. Bots/Stith (UW) def. Ionescu/Vidaller (UA), 8-2
3. Hawke/Manthou (UW) def. Bermudez/Urquidi (UA), 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 1*, 3
*Clinch doubles point
1. No. 18 Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Andre Vidaller, (UA), 6-2, 6-1
2. Emmett Egger (UW) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 6-3, 6-4
3. Marton Bots (UW) def. Sumeet Shinde (UA), 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Viktor Farkas (UW) def. Kieren Thompson (UA), 7-6 (5), 6-1
5. Max Manthou (UW) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA), 6-1, 6-2
6. Nicholas Kimisar (UW) def. Frank Chen (UA), 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 1, 5, 6*, 2, 4, 3