Sept. 10, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Arizona men’s two doubles teams had a strong performance on day one of the Aggie Fall Invitational at the New Mexico State University Tennis Center. The doubles team of senior Geoff Embry and junior Jason Zafiros won both of their doubles matches to advance to the semifinal round tomorrow. The Wildcats were strong in singles as well; three out of the four Wildcats clinched their matches to move on to the second round bracket and Embry advanced to the third round.
“Overall I’m happy with the results we had today,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “We look to continue on the same path tomorrow.”
Embry and Zafiros who finished 2-2 together last season in doubles, advanced to the semifinal round of doubles for the second consecutive year. The duo won both of their doubles matches of the tournament, the first one coming against Jake Hendrie and Nick Plum of Abilene Christian in a close first round matchup, 8-6. In their second doubles match of the day they finished in the same fashion defeating David Flodberg and Hugo Ramadier of Northern Arizona, 8-6.
Embry and Zafiros will face Matej Stakne and Armando Morales of New Mexico State in the semifinals tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Freshman newcomer Mario Urquidi made his Wildcat debut pairing up with sophomore Frank Chen in doubles competition. The duo topped Andrew Reif and Rob Pezzuto of Northern Arizona 8-3 to win their first round matchup. In their second match of the day they fell to Stakne and Morales in a close 9-8 tiebreaker. The duo was down 6-5, bounced back to go up 7-6, then went ahead 8-7, but Stakne and Morales tied it to force a tiebreaker where they came out on top.
In singles competition, Chen and Urquidi advanced to the second round tomorrow after picking up first round wins. Chen downed Francisco Damasio of Western New Mexico in two straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the second round. The sophomore will face Plum tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Urquidi had an impressive start winning his first singles match of the tournament. The freshman defeated Justin Romero of Western New Mexico 6-2, 6-4 to move on to the second round tomorrow as well. Urquidi will play Hendrie tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Embry who was scheduled for a bye today stepped up and competed in a second round matchup against Alfredo Desiati of Abilene Christian and won in two straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the third round tomorrow. The senior will face Orlando Superlano of New Mexico State tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Zafiros who finished third last year in the invitational and is ranked in the preseason rankings this year at No. 107, fell in a close match against Ramadier in three sets. The junior dropped his first set 2-6, won his second set 6-4, and then tied his third set at 3-3, but Ramadier took the next three games to win 6-3. Zafiros will try to bounce out of the consolation bracket tomorrow.
NMSU Fall Invitational Day 1 Results
Embry/Zafiros (UA) def. Hendrie/Plum (ACU) 8-6
Chen/Urquidi (UA) def. Reif/Pezzuto (NAU) 8-3
Embry/Zafiros (UA) def. Flodberg/Ramadier (NAU) 8-6
Stakne/Morales (NMSU) def. Chen/Urquidi (UA) 9-8
Frank Chen (UA) def. Francisco Damasio (WNMU) 6-2, 6-3
Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Justin Romero (WNMU) 6-2, 6-4
Hugo Ramadier (NAU) def. Jason Zafiros (UA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Geoff Embry (UA) def. Alfredo Desiati (ACU) 6-2, 6-2