March 27, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. – After dropping the doubles point for the fourth straight match and falling behind early 3-1, with the final three singles matches coming down to third sets, the No. 53-ranked Arizona men’s tennis team, dropped their second Pac-10 match of the season and their fourth consecutive match. The Wildcats fell short, 4-3 today to the Ducks at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene, Oregon.
“Oregon played hard and was just a little tougher than we were today,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said.
With the win, the Ducks (10-5, 1-0) snap a 21-match losing streak in Pac-10 play. The last time they won a Pac-10 match was against Arizona in 2007. It marks just the fourth time in school history the Ducks have topped Arizona.
In doubles play, Arizona (8-9, 0-2) dropped all three matches to the Ducks. In the No. 2 spot, freshman Andre Vidaller and Jason Zafiros teamed up to take on Oregon’s Aaron Clissold and Douglas Mayeda. The Wildcat duo fell behind early 2-1, and then traded games throughout the whole match, before Clissold and Mayeda took over at 4-4. The Oregon pair sealed four straight games to win 8-4.
On court one, senior Geoff Embry and freshman Kieren Thompson paired up for the first time this season and faced the Oregon tandem of Alex Rovello and Robin Cambier. After the two teams were even at 2-2, Rovello and Cambier notched three straight games to take the 5-2 lead. After trading the final six games back and forth, Thompson and Embry couldn’t overcome the deficit, falling 8-5 to drop the doubles point.
The Ducks tacked up another doubles win in the No. 3 slot after Baptiste Faynot and Duncan MacDonald-Korth edged the Wildcat duo of senior Andres Carrasco and sophomore Frank Chen 7-6 (7-2). In the tiebreaker, the Oregon pair jumped out to a 6-1 lead, before the two traded games with Faynot and MacDonald-Korth securing the win.
The Wildcats battled back in singles play to tie the score at 1-1. Freshman Mario Urquidi improved his singles record to 7-3 by upending Mayeda in straight sets in the No. 6 spot. In the first set, the freshman breezed to a 6-0 first set victory and then followed up with a 6-4 second set win.
Oregon then padded their lead to 3-1 after securing singles matches in the No. 2 and No. 4 spots.
In the No. 2 position, the Ducks’ Cambier swept Zafiros in the first set 6-0, but the junior came back to take the early 3-1 lead in the second set. It looked to be as if Zafiros would close it out to force a third set. The junior led 5-2, but Cambier came clawing back to earn five straight games to notch the comeback win 7-5.
Oregon earned their third point of the day in the No. 4 slot when Jose Izquierdo took down Embry in straight sets. In the first set, after the senior built a 2-1 lead, Izquierdo gained control sealing the 6-3 first set. In the second set, the two were deadlocked at 2-2, until Izquierdo rolled through four straight games to win 6-2.
The next three matches came down to three setters, with the Ducks securing two out of the three, including the clinching match in the No. 5 slot to tally their first Pac-10 victory of the season.
Clissold took Arizona’s Thompson to a three setter in the No. 5 slot after Thompson powered his way to a 6-3 first set victory. Clissold notched the second set 6-2, and then clinched the third set 6-4 to seal the match.
Arizona didn’t give up, answering with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 spots. Arizona’s Vidaller fought back in the No. 3 spot after dropping the first set 6-2 to Faynot, the freshman sealed the next set 6-3 and then grabbed a tight third set 7-5 to tally the Wildcats’ second point of the day.
No. 120-ranked Carrasco also won in a third set after falling short in the first set 7-5 to Rovello in the No. 1 slot. In the second set, the senior propelled to a 6-4 victory and then rolled on to a 6-2 third set victory.
With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 8-9, 0-2 Pac-10, while Oregon improves to 10-5, 1-0 Pac-10.
Arizona will return home for their final two home matches of the 2011 season. The Wildcats will take on Cal and Stanford in a Friday-Sunday matchup at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Oregon 4, No. 53 Arizona 3
Student Tennis Center — Eugene, Ore.
1. Rovello/Cambier (UO) def. Embry/Thompson (UA) 8-5*
2. Clissold/Mayeda (UO) def. Vidaller/Zafiros (UA) 8-4
3. Faynot/MacDonald-Korth (UO) def. Carrasco/Chen (UA) 7-6 (7-2)
Oregon Wins Doubles Point
Order of finish, 2,1*,3
*Clinched doubles point
1. No. 120 Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Alex Rovello (UO) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2. Robin Cambier (UO) def. Jason Zafiros (UA) 6-0, 7-5
3. Andre Vidaller (UA) def. Baptiste Faynot (UO) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. Jose Izquierdo (UO) def. Geoff Embry (UA) 6-3, 6-2
5. Aaron Clissold (UO) def. Kieren Thompson (UA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4*
6. Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Douglas Mayeda (UO) 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish, 6,2,4,5*,3,1
*Clinched the match