April 6, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team dropped their third match of Pac-12 play with a 6-1 loss to the No. 5-ranked UCLA Bruins. UCLA swept doubles play and attempted the full sweep of the day but Sumeet Shinde stopped the Bruin’s run with a win on court four.
"UCLA showed why they are top-5 in the country, they played well and just beat us,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “Sumeet is playing well. For him to have three wins against top Pac-12 teams, he is playing really well."
The day began with doubles play where the Cats were topped on all three courts.
Finishing first was the team of Carlos Bermudez and Kieren Thompson on court three. The duo dropped the first three games against Warren Hardi and Maxime Thompson but started to come back by earning the next game. The UCLA team answered with two more wins to bring the match to 5-1 before the Cats earned another game. Hardi and M. Thompson answered with another win but the Cats rebounded to clinch the next two games. With the match at 6-4 in favor of UCLA, Hardi and M. Thompson claimed the next to games to top the Arizona duo, 8-4.
On court one, Giacomo Miccini and Sebastian Ionescu were second to finish in their match with Marcos Giron and Dennis Nivikov. The Arizona team dropped the first two games before claiming a win. That game would mark the last win for the Wildcat duo as they were edged, 8-1, by Giron and Nivikov.
Fighting a back and forth battle with Nick Meister and Adrien Puget was the team of Shinde and Mario Urquidi on court two. The Wildcat team claimed the first game but Meister and Puget tied the match at one. Shinde and Urquidi earned the third game but dropped the next three to bring the match to 4-2 in favor of the Bruin team. The teams traded the next six games and the Bruins remained on top, 7-5. Arizona claimed the next game but the win would be their last as they were topped, 8-6.
With the doubles point in favor of the Bruins, the match entered singles play where the Cats were edged on five courts before Shinde earned Arizona’s only point of the day.
Finishing first was Miccini on court one. The sophomore from Recanati, Italy dropped the first two games against M. Thompson before earning a win. M. Thompson claimed the next four games and the first set, 6-1. In the second set, Miccini fought back to tie the match at one but dropped the next five games, losing the set, 6-1.
On court five, Bermudez fell behind early in both sets against Puget. The freshman from Tucson was edged, 6-1, 6-1.
In his first conference match of the season, Andre Vidaller took on Meister on court two. The sophomore from Santos, Brazil dropped the first two games before earning a win. The win would be his last in the set at Meister claimed the next four games and the set, 6-1. In the second set, Meister clinched the first game but Vidaller answered with the next to tie the set at one. Meister won the next three games before Vidaller clinched his second win of the set. With the set at 4-2, Meister clinched the next to games to win the set, 6-2.
On court six, K. Thompson took on Dennis Mkrtchian. The sophomore from Brisbane, Australia fell behind early in the first set, dropping the first four games. He came back to claim the next game and the two traded wins to bring the set to 5-2. Mkrtchian clinched the next game and earned the set, 6-2. In the second set, K. Thomson couldn’t build momentum and was edged, 6-0.
On court three, Urquidi clinched the first game against Novikov but dropped the next three. Urquidi brought the match to 3-2 by claiming the next game but the win would be his last as he dropped the set, 6-2. In the second set, the two swapped wins to bring the set to 3-2 in favor of Novikov when Urquidi claimed the next game to tie the set. Novikov answered by winning the next three games and clinched the set, 6-3.
Earning Arizona’s only point of the day was Shinde on court four. Shinde dominated the first set against Giron, earning a 6-1 victory to start of the match. In the second set, Giron clinched the first three games but Shinde answered with the next two wins. Giron gained momentum and clinched the set, 6-2. With the match at one set each, the court entered a super-tiebreaker where the two fought a seesaw battle. Shinde dropped the first point but came back to claim the next four. Giron answered by winning the next two points to bring the score to 4-3 but Shinde fought him off by winning the next two points. Giron rebounded and clinched the next three to tie the super-tiebreaker at six games all. Shinde won the next point but Giron tied it up again, Shinde earned the next one to bring the score to 8-7 but Giron claimed the next point to tie it up one last time. Shinde earned the next two points and claimed the match, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8. With the win, Shinde remains undefeated in Pac-12 play, earning his third singles victory of the season.
Arizona falls to 5-13 overall and 0-3 in Pac-12 play while UCLA improves to 17-2 overall and 3-0 in Pac-12 play.
The Wildcats will be back in action tomorrow as they host the No.1-ranked USC Trojans at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center at 12 p.m.
No. 5 UCLA, 6 def. Arizona, 1
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center
1. Giron/Novikov (UCLA) def. Miccini/Ionescu (UA), 8-1
2. Meister/Puget (UCLA) def. Shinde/Urquidi (UA), 8-6
3. Hardi/Thompson (UCLA) def. Bermudez/Thompson (UA), 8-4
Order of finish: 3,1*,2
*Clinch doubles point
1. Maxime Thompson (UCLA) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA), 6-1, 6-1
2. Nick Meister (UCLA) def. Andre Vidaller (UA), 6-1, 6-2
3. Dennis Nivikov (UCLA) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 6-2, 6-3
4. Sumeet Shinde (UA) def. Marcos Giron (UCLA), 6-1, 2-6, 10-8
5. Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Carlos Bermudez (UA), 6-1, 6-1
6. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Kieren Thompson (UA), 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 1, 5, 2*, 6, 3, 4