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Cats Drop Pac-12 Opener to No. 8 Stanford
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/30/2012
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March 30, 2012

TUCSON -

The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team opened Pac-12 play today at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The Cats dropped at 5-2 decision to the No.8-ranked Stanford Cardinal. Arizona dropped the doubles point but ended the day on a high note with two singles wins.

“I hope the guys learned today that they can play with top teams,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “The guys fought hard with a good attitude and I am proud of them for that.”

In doubles play, the Cats dropped all three matches. Representing Arizona on court one were Sebastian Ionescu and Sumeet Shinde who played Stanford’s Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn. The Arizona duo was topped, 8-0, marking Arizona’s first doubles loss of the day.

Finishing second was the team of Kieren Thompson and Frank Chen on court three. Stanford’s Robert Stineman and John Morrissey took the lead at 3-0 before the Wildcat duo began to fight back and the two teams traded wins. With the match at 6-3 in favor of Stanford, the Cardinal team clinched the next to games to win the match, 8-3.

Rounding out doubles play for the Cats was the team of Giacomo Miccini and Mario Urquidi on court two. The duo took the lead at 2-0 when Denis Lin and Matt Kandath answered with two wins to tie the match. Arizona took the lead back and remained one step ahead until the Stanford duo tied the match at 7 games all. The match entered a tiebreaker where the team was edged, 8-7 (4).

With the doubles point in favor of the Cardinal to day entered singles play where the Cats marked wins on courts three and five.

Finishing first in singles play was Miccini on court one. The Recanati, Italy native fell behind early as Klahn took the 2-0 lead. Miccini earned the next game but Klahn answered with the next two. Miccini earned his final game of the first set and brought the match to 4-2 before Klahn earned the set, 6-2. In the second set, Klahn clinched the first four games before Miccini earned his only game of the set. Miccini was topped, 6-1.

Urquidi finished second in his match with Thacher on court two. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas took an early lead at 2-1 before Thacher answered with two straight wins. The two swapped wins and Urquidi remained one step behind until Thacher clinched the set, 6-4. In the second set, Urquidi fought back from a one game deficit to take the 2-1 lead. Thacher answered with two wins to take the lead once again at, 3-2, and Urquidi entered a game of catch-up, he remained one game behind until Thacher earned the set, 6-4.

On court four, Carlos Bermudez was third to finish in his match against Morrissey. The freshman from Tucson fought a close first set and after taking an early 2-1 lead was forced to play catch-up. He was ultimately topped, 7-5. In the second set, Morrissey took the early lead over Bermudez and stayed on top as he edged Bermudez, 6-0.

Ionescu finished fourth in his match with Stineman on court six. The freshman from Braila, Romania earned the first two games before Stineman took the lead at 3-2. Ionescu was unable to reclaim the lead and was topped, 6-4. In the second set, Ionescu took an early lead again and was able to hold Stineman to one win in four games. Ionescu held the lead at, 3-2, and 4-3, when Stineman began to fight back and earned the next three games and clinched the set, 6-4.

Earning Arizona’s first singles win of the day was Shinde on court three. The freshman from Pune, India fought a close battle with Kandath but was able to claim the match in straight sets. In the first set, Shinde forced Kandath to play catch-up, as Shinde remained one game ahead. Shinde claimed the set 6-4 and maintained momentum going into the second set. The two fought a set of ties with the second set seeing ties at 1 game all, 3 games all and five games all. With the set tied for its final time at 5-5 Shinde called for a medical timeout before coming back to earn the next two games and clinch the set, 7-5.

On court five, Thompson earned Arizona’s second win of the day when he topped Lin. Thompson fell behind early in the first set as Lin brought the set to 5-1. The Arizona sophomore from Brisbane, Australia answered with five straight wins and took his first lead of the day at 6-5. Lin earned the next game and tied the set at 6 all to force the tiebreaker. Thompson fought back hard to top Lin, 7-6 (4). In the second set, the two swapped wins until the set was tied at 3 games all. Thompson answered by winning the next three games to claim the set, 6-3.

The match marked the first in Pac-12 play for both teams and with the loss Arizona fell to 5-11 overall and 0-1 in conference play while Stanford improves to 11-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

The Cats will be back in action on Sunday, April 1 as they continue Pac-12 play at home in an 11 a.m. match against No. 12-ranked California.

Complete Results
No. 8 Stanford, 5 def. Arizona, 2
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

Doubles:
1. Thacher/Klahn (STAN) def. Ionescu/Shinde (UA), 8-0
2. Lin/Kandath (STAN) def. Miccini/Urquidi (UA), 8-7 (4)
3. Stineman/Morrissey (STAN) def. Thompson/Chen (UA), 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 3*,2
*Clinch doubles point

Singles:
1. Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA), 6-2, 6-1
2. Ryan Thacher (STAN) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 6-4, 6-4
3. Sumeet Shinde (UA) def. Matt Kandath (STAN), 6-4, 7-5
4. John Morrissey (STAN) def. Carlos Bermudez (UA), 7-5, 6-0
5. Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Denis Lin (STAN), 7-6 (4), 6-3
6. Robert Stineman (STAN) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA), 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 2, 4*, 6, 3, 5
*Clinch Match

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