March 15, 2011
TUCSON - The No. 42-ranked Arizona men's tennis team dropped their second straight match today at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center to No. 41 Indiana, 5-2, marking their third home loss of the year. The Wildcats were swept in all three doubles matches for just the second time this season. Indiana clinched four of the six singles matches with senior Andres Carrasco and freshman Giacomo Miccini notching singles wins for the Wildcats.
"This was a tough loss today," head coach Tad Berkowitz said. "Indiana is a good team and they did a good job stepping up on the big points. It is very important that we get healthy and refocus heading into the Pac-10 season."
Indiana (12-4, 1-0 Big Ten) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point. On court two, the Hoosiers' No. 56-ranked duo of Stephen Vogl and Josh MacTaggart secured the first doubles win against Arizona's (8-7, 0-0 Pac-10) duo of Jason Zafiros and Giacomo Miccini. The Wildcat pair teamed up for the first time this year and Miccini bounced back into the lineup after sitting out with an injury since the Feb. 20 match vs. Denver. The two teams battled tying at 3-3 before Vogl and MacTaggart answered with five straight games to win 8-3.
The Hoosiers clinched the point on court three after Isade Juneau and Will Kendall topped the Wildcat freshmen duo of Kieren Thompson and Mario Urquidi. Juneau and Kendall tacked up a 4-1 lead to start the match and then Thompson and Urquidi captured two more games, but fell 8-3.
In the third doubles match of the day, the Wildcat senior tandem of Geoff Embry and Borja Malo couldn't overcome the early deficit of Hoosiers' Jeremy Langer and Santiago Gruter. Malo returned to the Wildcat's lineup after sitting out since the Feb. 13 San Diego match. The Indiana pair built an early 3-0 lead before Arizona earned a game. Langer and Gruter then snatched three straight games before the two teams traded games to make it 7-2. With match point on the line, Embry and Malo regained the momentum securing three straight games, but Langer and Gruter secured the next game to win 8-5.
Singles action featured four tiebreakers and three, three-setters. Arizona tacked their first point of the day in the No. 4 spot. Miccini dispatched Claes Goransson in straight sets. The freshman jumped out to a 3-2 lead and never fell behind, clinching three straight games to win 6-2. In the second set, Goransson notched the first game but Miccini rolled on to win five six straight games to win 6-1.
Indiana regained the lead after Gruter secured straight sets in the No. 2 spot against Zafiros. Gruter won in straight sets 6-4, 4-0 (ret.).
The Hoosiers marked victories on courts six and three to clinch the match padding the lead to 4-1. In the No. 6 slot, Urquidi dropped his second singles match in dual match action this season. The freshman was edged in the first set, in a 7-6 (11-9) tiebreaker against Vogl. In the second Vogl held off Urquidi 6-3.
Indiana's MacTaggart clinched the match for the Hoosiers in a three-setter against Embry in the No. 3 spot. In the first set MacTaggart downed Embry 6-4, but the senior bounced back winning a tight tiebreaker 7-6 (8-6). In the third MacTaggart won 6-1.
The final two matches came down to three setters. In the No. 1 slot, senior Andres Carrasco who is ranked No. 107 in the ITA singles rankings roared back in the first set after being down 4-1, he bounced back to tie it at 5-5. Then the two tied at 6-6 to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Carrasco won 7-6 (7-5). In the second set, Langer rolled on to 6-4 to force a 10-point tiebreaker. The two battled, but it was Carrasco holding off Langer to clinch the 1-0 (11-9) set to secure Arizona's second point of the day.
In the No. 5 spot, Thompson picked up a 7-6 (7-5) first set tiebreaker against Juneau but dropped the second set 7-5 to force a 10-point tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker the two were even at 7-7 and again at 8-8 before Juneau notched the next two games to win the 1-0 (10-8) tiebreaker.
With the loss, Arizona drops to 8-7, while Indiana improves to 12-4.
Arizona will hit the road for the first time since Feb. 25 to open Pac-10 play. The Wildcats will first travel to Seattle, Wash. on March 25 to face Washington before trekking to Eugene, Ore. to take on Oregon on March 27.
No. 41 Indiana 5, No. 42 Arizona 2
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center -- Tucson, Ariz.
1. Langer/Gruter (IU) def. Embry/Malo (UA) 8-5
2. No. 56 Vogl/MacTaggart (IU) def. Zafiros/Miccini (UA) 8-3
3. Juneau/Kendall (IU) def. Thompson/Urquidi (UA) 8-3*
Indiana Wins Doubles Point
Order of finish, 2,3*,1
*Clinched doubles point
1. No. 107 Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Jeremy Langer (IU) 7-6 (5), 4-6, 1-0 (9)
2. Santiago Gruter (IU) def. Jason Zafiros (UA) 6-3, 4-0 (ret.)
3. Josh MacTaggart (IU) def. Geoff Embry (UA) 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-1*
4. Giacomo Miccini (UA) def. Claes Goransson (IU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Isade Juneau (IU) def. Kieren Thompson (UA) 6-7 (5), 7-5, 1-0 (8)
6. Stephen Vogl (IU) def. Mario Urquidi (UA) 7-6 (9), 6-3
Order of finish, 4,2,6,3*,1,5
*Clinched the match