TUCSON, Ariz. ?C The Arizona men's tennis team?suffered its first home defeat of the season today, falling to No. 32 Stanford in a heartbreaker, 4-3.
The day started off well for the Wildcats as they won the doubles point by taking courts one and two.
In singles, Arizona looked to be in good position after winning the first set on courts three, four and five, but ultimately Stanford would charge back and take four of the six singles matches.
Pat Metham was the first to notch a singles win for the Cats by defeating Phil Kao in straight sets; 6-3, 6-4.
Stanford then made it 2-1 when No. 76 Matt Bruch beat No. 108 Claudio Christen on court two; 6-4, 6-3.
Andres Carrasco picked up Arizonaˇ?s third point when he defeated No. 85 Richard Wire on court three; 7-5, 6-3.
But Stanford would then go on to take the rest of the singles matches and the win the match overall.
One other highlight from the day was on court one with ˇ?the battle of the freshmen.ˇ± No. 2 ranked Alex Clayton squared off against Jay Goldman, with Clayton coming out on top; 7-5, 6-3.
ˇ?Seeing the way we competed today against Stanford, Iˇ?d say my expectations for this team have grown despite the loss, said head coach Tad Berkowitz. ˇ?We were right in every match and definitely had our opportunities. Next time we just need to capitalize.ˇ±
Arizona will be in action tomorrow as the host the No. 38 California Bears beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Robson Tennis Center.
Claudio Christen / Jay Goldman UA def. Muller / Clayton Stan.; 9-7
Alcala / Hazi UA def. Bruch / T. Kelly Stan.; 9-8 (4)
Wire / Hirshman Stan. def. Metham / Carrasco UA; 9-8 (8)
#2 Clayton Stan. def. Goldman UA; 7-5, 6-3
#76 Bruch Stan. def. Christen UA; 6-4, 6-3
Carrasco UA def. #85 Wire Stan.; 7-5, 6-3
Muller Stan. def. Alcala UA; 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Metham UA def. Kao Stan.; 6-3, 6-4
Hirschman Stan. def. Hazi UA; 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
Order of Finish
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 5, 2, 3, 1, 4, 6*