April 21, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team wrapped up the regular season today as they hosted the Utah Utes at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. With the 5-2 loss the Cats finish the season winless in Pac-12 play.
“It’s unacceptable to be last in the conference and it’s my job to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz.
In doubles action, the Cats fell on courts one and three and called the match on court two.
Finishing first was the team of Frank Chen and Carlos Bermudez on court three. The junior-freshman duo took on Utah’s Slim Hamza and Devin Lane. The teams played a match of ties, tying it up at one, two and three games each until Utah pulled ahead to claim to straight games and take the lead at 5-3. Chen and Bermudez won the next game to bring the match to 5-4, the win would be their last as Hamza and Lane clinched the next three games and claim the match 8-4.
Finishing second was the team of Sumeet Shinde and Sebastian Ionescu who played Benito Suriano and Dmyrto Mamedov on court one. Shinde and Ionescu claimed the first game but Suriano and Mamedov came back to win the next three and take the lead at 3-1. The Arizona duo answered with the next game and the two teams traded wins and Arizona remained one game behind as the match was brought to 5-4 in Utah’s favor. Suriano and Mamedov clinched the next game to extend their lead to 6-4 but Shinde and Ionescu answered with the next game to bring the match to 6-5. The Utah team won the next game but Shinde and Ionescu came back to claim one final win and bring the match to 7-6. Suriano and Mamedov clinched the next game and won the match, 8-6.
On court two, Andre Vidaller and Mario Urquidi remained locked in an uphill battle with Ace Matias and Alejandro Medinillia. The Utah duo claimed the first two games before Vidaller and Urquidi answered with their first win. Matias and Medinillia came back to win to next game and the two teams traded wins until the Wildcat duo came from behind to tie the match at five games each. Vidaller and Urquidi claimed the next game and took their first lead of the match at 6-5. The Utah team answered with the next two wins and reclaimed the lead at 7-6. With the doubles point claimed the match was left unfinished.
In singles action, the Wildcats clinched two wins as Bermudez won on court four and Thompson marked a win on court five.
Finishing first was Shinde on court three. The freshman from Pune, India fought a battle of ties with Hamza. Shinde clinched the first game but Hamza answered with the next win to tie the set for the first time. The set was tied twice more at two and three games each before Hamza clinched three straight and claimed the first set, 6-3. In the second set, Shinde was unable to secure a win and was topped, 6-0.
Second to finish was Vidaller on court one. The sophomore from Santos, Brazil claimed the first two games before Suriano answered with the next two wins to tie the set. The two traded wins and tied the set for a second time at four games each. Suriano claimed the next two games and took the set, 6-4. In the second set, Vidaller clinched the first two games before Suriano claimed a gaome. Vidaller answered with the next win but it would be his last as Suriano clinched five straight and won the set, 6-3.
On court four, Bermudez was next to finish in his match with Rafael Davidian. The Tucson local fell behind 2-0 in the first set but rebounded to claim the next three games and take the lead at 3-2. Davidian claimed the next game to tie the set at three all but the win would be his last as Bermudez clinched the next three games and take the set, 6-3. In the second set, Bermudez slaimed the first game but Davidian answered with the next win. Bermudez reclaimed the lead at 2-1 before Davidian tied it up for a second time. Bermudez clinched the next two games and brought the match to 4-2 before Davidian claimed another win. With the match at 4-3 Bermudez won the next two games and claimed the set, 6-3 for Arizona’s first win of the day.
Finishing next was Kieren Thompson on court five. The sophomore from Brisbane, Australia fought a battle of ties with Lane as the two tied the first set at one, two and three games before Thompson took his first lead at 4-3. He claimed the next two games to clinch the first set, 6-3. In the second set, Thompson fell behind early as Lane clinched the first game but fought back to tie the set at two. Thompson claimed the next game but Lane answered with the next game to tie the set on last time at three all. Thompson clinched the next three games and took the set, 6-3. The win would mark the second and final point for Arizona.
On court six, Ionescu took an early lead over Medinillia by claiming the first two games. The wins would be his last in the set as Medinillia came back to win six straight and clinch the set, 6-2. In the second set, Ionescu clinched the first game but Medinillia came back to tie it up at one. Ionescu claimed the next game before Medinillia won two straight and brought the set to 3-2. The two traided wins and tied the set at four and again at five. Ionescu claimed the next game to take the lead at 6-5, Medinillia clinched the next game to tie the set on final time at six all and the court entered a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker the two fought a close set but Medinillia came out on top and clinched the set, 7-6 (5).
Last to finish was Urquidi on court two. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas fought back from behind to tie Mamedov at two before taking the lead at 3-2 and claiming the next game to bring the set to 4-2. Mamedov clinched the next game but the win would be his last as Urquidi claimed the next two games and took the set, 6-3. In the second set, Urquidi clinched the first game but Mamedov ansered with the next three wins. Urquidi claimed the next game to bring the set to 3-2 but Mamedov clinched the next two games. With the set at 5-2 Urquidi claimed his last win of the set and brought the score to 5-3. Mamedov clinched the next game to take the set, 6-3. The court entered a third set where Urquidi dropped the first game but fought back to tie the set at one all. Mamedov clinched the next five straight to clinch the set, 6-1.
With the loss Arizona finishes the season at 5-17 overall and 0-7 in Pac-12 play while Utah earns their fist conference win of the season and finishes 1-6 in the Pac-12 and 12-11 overall.
The Cats will be back in action as they travel to Ojai, California for the 2012 Pac-12 Championship Tournament. Play begins in Ojai on April 25 and continues through the 28th.
Utah, 5 def. Arizona, 2
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center
1. Suriano/Mamedov (Utah) def. Shinde/Ionescu (UA), 8-6
2. Vidaller/Urquidi (UA) vs. Matias/Medinillia (Utah), Unfinished (6-7)
3. Hamza/Lane (Utah) def. Chen/Bermudez (UA), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 1*, 2
1. Benito Suriano (Utah) def. Andre Vidaller (UA), 6-4, 6-3
2. Dmyrto Mamedov (Utah) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Slim Hamza (Utah) def. Sumeet Shinde (UA), 6-3, 6-0
4. Carlos Bermudez (UA) def. Rafael Davidian (Utah), 6-3, 6-3
5. Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Devin Lane (Utah), 6-3, 6-3
6. Alejandro Medinillia (Utah) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA), 6-2, 7-6 (5)
Order of finish: 3, 1, 4, 5, 6*, 2