Feb. 19, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team dropped their fifth consecutive match today with a 6-1 loss to the Denver Pioneers. The match marked the sixth meeting of the two schools and was held on Arizona’s home courts at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
“We’ve taken a few losses, today for example we just got dejected when the momentum shifted,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “If we just get our confidence up these are matches I think we could win.”
The day began with doubles play where the Wildcats claimed their only point of the day with wins on courts two and tree.
On court three, Arizona’s southwestern duo of Carlos Bermudez and Mario Urquidi were first to finish. The Wildcats fought a close match with Denver’s Max Krammer and Fabio Biasion bringing the match to 6-5 in favor of the Cats. Denver claimed the next game to tie the match at 6 all and Arizona answered with two straight wins to clinch the match, 8-6.
Sumeet Shinde and Kieren Thompson teamed up to play Jens Vorkefeld and Enej Bonin on court one. The teams swapped wins until Denver pulled ahead to bring the match to 5-4. Denver then pulled ahead winning three consecutive games, clinching the match, 8-4.
With the doubles point on the line, Giacomo Miccini and Sebastian Ionescu pulled ahead of Othar Kordaschia and Yannick Weihs on court two. The Wildcat duo took an early lead and brought the match to 6-3 when Denver began to fight back. The Pioneer duo claimed the next game but Arizona quickly answered with another win. Denver fought back one last time and brought the match to 7-5 before Arizona claimed the next game and the match, 8-5. The win clinched the doubles point for the Cats, earning their only point of the day.
With the momentum in favor of the Wildcats, the competition entered singles play. As the matches wore on Arizona began to fade dropping all six matches.
First to finish in singles action was Shinde on court three. The Pune, India native fell behind early in his first set against Vorkefeld. Shinde tied the match at one all but allowed three consecutive wins in Vorkefeld’s favor. Shinde fought back to claim one more game before Vorkefeld pulled ahead to win the first set, 6-2. In the second set, Vorkefeld claimed the first two games but Shinde stopped the early run claiming the next game and bringing the set to 2-1. Vorkefeld held Shinde to that single win and clinched the set, 6-1.
On court four, Bermudez claimed the first game over Biasion, who quickly tied the match at one all. Biasion clinched two more games before Bermudez answered with another win. With that, Biasion pulled ahead and claimed the set, 6-2. The second set began the same way with Bermudez earning the first game but dropping the second. Bermudez claimed the next game but was held to two wins when Biasion clinched five straight games and clinched the set, 6-2.
Urquidi was third to finish in his match win Krammer. The El Paso, Texas native traded wins with Krammer until the match reached 3-2 in favor of Arizona. Krammer then won four consecutive games to claim the set, 6-3. In the second set, Urquidi fell behind early and was held to only one win as Krammer clinched the set, 6-1.
On court two, Miccini remained locked in a back and forth battle with Weihs. Miccini took the lead at 2-1 but Weihs answered with three straight wins to take the lead at 4-2, in the first set. Miccini, a sophomore from Recanati, Italy, answered with a win and the two swapped games until the match reached 5-4 in Denver’s favor. Weihs claimed the next game and the set, 6-4. In the second set, Miccini took the early lead at 3-0 but allowed Weihs to fight back and tie the match at three all. The two battled back and forth with Miccini remaining a game ahead and Weihs fighting back to tie the match. The battle continued until the match reached 6-6 and with Miccini down a set the two entered a tiebreaker. Weihs dominated to win the tiebreaker, 7-0 and claim the match. The win marked Denver’s fourth point of the day and clinched the match in the Pioneer’s favor.
Andre Vidaller fell behind early in his match with Bonin on court one. The sophomore from Santos, Brazil claimed his first win after allowing Bonin the first two. Vidaller and Bonin traided wins until the match reached 4-3 with Denver the in lead. With that Bonin pulled ahead and claimed the set, 6-3. The two fought a battle of ties in the second set, tying the match at 1, 2, 4, 5 and finally at 6 all. The set entered a tiebreaker where Vidaller earned the first point. As the battle continued Vidaller hit the ground after an existing injury began to flare up. He fought the pain and opted to continue the match. With the tiebreak at 3-1 Vidaller was unable to finish the match and retired.
Last to finish was Thompson on court six. The Melbourne, Australia native remained one step behind Alex Clinkenbeard but fought to tie the first set at 6 all. The set entered a tiebreaker and the two continued to battle back and forth until Clinkenbeard pulled ahead to clinch the tiebreak and the set, 7-6 (6). In the second set, Thompson again remained one game behind until Clinkenbeard claimed two straight and brought the match to 5-3. Thompson earned one more win before Clinkenbeard claimed the set, 6-4.
Arizona falls to 3-5 while Denver improves to 3-6.
The Wildcats will be back in action on March second when the travel to Ft. Worth, Texas to play TCU at 1 p.m. The Cats will then travel to Norman, Okla. to play Oklahoma on March fourth at noon.
Denver, 6 def. Arizona, 1
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center
1. Vorkefeld/Bonin (DU) def. Shinde/Thompson (UA), 8-4
2. Miccini/Ionescu (UA) def. Kordaschia/Weihs (DU), 8-5*
3. Bermudez/Urquidi (UA) def. Krammer/Biasion (DU), 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*
*Clinch doubles point
1. Enej Bonin (DU) def. Andre Vidaller (UA), 6-3, 6-6 (3-1) Retire (Inj.)
2. Yannick Weihs (DU) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA), 6-4, 7-6 (0)*
3. Jens Vorkefeld (DU) def. Sumeet Shinde (UA), 6-2, 6-1
4. Fabio Biasion (DU) def. Carlos Bermudez (UA), 6-2, 6-2
5. Max Krammer (DU) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 6-3, 6-1
6. Alex Clinkenbeard (DU) def. Kieren Thompson (UA), 7-6 (6), 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 4, 5, 2* 1, 6