April 15, 2008
TUCSON - The Arizona men's tennis team lost its dual match vs. No. 5 UCLA today at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center 5-2.
The Cats started off hot in doubles play as the 12'10 team of Claudio Christen and Pat Metham completely controlled their match vs. UCLA's Dehaine and Seguso and won 8-3.
Then on court three Andres "Nacho" Carrasco and Peter Zimmer defeated Drean and Look 8-5 took give the doubles point to the Wildcats.
Court one was abandoned with UCLA leading 5-2 because the doubles point had already been decided.
The Wildcats then regrouped and shifted their attention to winning three singles matches.
Carrasco, playing on court two, found himself down 4-0 in his first set against Seguso. But that did not deter the Spanish sensation who focused in and took the next five games and won his match 7-5, 6-1.
Arizona was now leading 2-0 and looked in prime position to take the match.
But the Bruins would respond by winning the five remaining matches. Ravid Hazi and Peter Zimmer both took their respective matches three sets but in the end they couldn't seal the deal for Arizona.
"I'm proud of the way we came out and battled," said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "These guys (UCLA) are a tough team and refused to let our early strong play rattle them."
Tomorrow the Wildcats will be in action as they host the No. 6 USC Trojans at noon.
Doubles Meister / Srugo UCLA vs. Hazi / Alcala UA; 5-2 DTF Christen / Metham UA def. Dehaine / Seguso UCLA; 8-3 Carrasco / Zimmer UA def. Drean / Look UCLA; 8-5
Order: 2, 3, 1
Singles Srugo UCLA def. Christen UA; 6-4, 6-3 Carrasco UA def. Seguso UCLA; 7-5, 6-1 Dehaine UCLA def. Alcala UA; 6-3, 6-3 Look UCLA def. Metham UA; 6-3, 6-4 Drean UCLA def. Zimmer UA; 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Meister UCLA def. Hazi UA; 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
Order: 2, 4, 3, 1, 6*, 5 UCLA 5 Arizona 2