Feb. 26, 2011
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - After suffering a first round loss yesterday, the No. 46-ranked University of Arizona men's tennis team bounced back today at the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic, clinching a 4-2 victory over No. 37-ranked Boise State at the Lagoon Park Tennis Complex.
"I'm very proud of the guys today," head coach Tad Berkowitz said. "It was great to see different guys step up when we needed them to."
For only the third time this season and second consecutive match, the Wildcats dropped the doubles point. Boise State captured wins on courts one and three. The freshman duo of Kieren Thompson and Mario Urquidi teamed up for the second time this season against the Broncos' Andrew Bettles and Flipp Pogostkin falling 8-1.
Arizona (6-4, 0-0 Pac-10) evened the score at one match a piece when the senior tandem of Geoff Embry and Jay Goldman edged Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke 8-6. It was the Broncos (3-8, 0-0 WAC) though answering on court one to tack up the doubles point. Junior Jason Zafiros and freshman Andre Vidaller dropped an 8-2 loss to Damien Hume and Scott Sears.
The Wildcats responded, overcoming the deficit in singles action, which saw four freshmen in the line-up for Arizona.
Embry put the Wildcats up on the board, after a quick two straight match. The senior downed Sears in the No. 3 spot 6-2, 6-2. Then freshman Sam Barr built the Wildcat lead to 2-1 after he edged out a 7-5 first set victory over Freddy Walsh and a 6-1 second set win.
The Broncos fought back to tie the score 2-2 in the No. 4 slot after Bettles took a tight 7-5 first set over Thompson and followed up with a 6-2 second set win.
Vidaller helped pad the lead for Arizona, tallying a win in the No. 2 spot in a three-setter. The freshman topped Pogostkin in the first set 6-2, was swept 6-0 in the second before sealing the 6-4 third set.
In the No. 5 position, Urquidi clinched the match for the Wildcats in a three setter. The freshman came out powering his way to a 6-4 first set win over Sereke. Urquidi trailed 3-2 in the second before Sereke secured the second set 6-3. Urquidi responded with a 6-3 third set to help the Wildcats earn their fourth and final point of the day.
Zafiros, playing in the No. 1 spot for the first time this season, dropped a close 7-5 first set, sealed the second set 6-4 and was trailing 4-3 when play was suspended.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 6-4 (0-0 Pac-10) while Boise State drops to 3-8 (0-0 WAC). Arizona will face the Broncos again in the last regular match of the season on April 24 in Las Cruces, N.M.
Tomorrow Arizona will take on No. 32-ranked Alabama in the consolation championship of the Blue/Gray Classic at 8:30 a.m. CT (7:30 a.m. MT).
This will be the sixth meeting between Arizona and Alabama with the Crimson Tide holding a 2-3 advantage over the Wildcats. The last meeting between the two schools took place last year on Jan. 30. The Wildcats were ranked No. 23 at the time and fell to a No. 25-ranked Alabama 4-0 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at the ITA National Indoor Kick-Off weekend. Alabama holds a 6-2 record. The Crimson Tide fell to Pepperdine in the opening round and then downed Penn State to advance to the consolation finals tomorrow.
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No. 46 Arizona 4, No. 37 Boise State 2
Lagoon Park Tennis Center - Montgomery, Ala.
1. Hume/Sears (BSU) def. Zafiros/Vidaller (UA) 8-2*
2. Embry/Goldman (UA) def. Mullen/Sereke (BSU) 8-6
3. Bettles/ Pogostkin (BSU) def. Thompson/Urquidi (UA) 8-1
Boise State Wins Doubles Point
Order of finish: 3,2,1*
1. No. 109 Damien Hume (BSU) vs. Jason Zafiros (UA) 7-5, 4-6, 4-3 DNF
2. Andre Vidaller (UA) def. Flipp Pogostkin (BSU) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
3. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Scott Sears (BSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Andrew Bettles (BSU) def. Kieren Thompson (UA) 7-5, 6-2
5. Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Nathan Sereke (BSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3*
6. Sam Barr (UA) def. Freddy Walsh (BSU) 7-5, 6-1
Order of finish: 3,6,4,2,5*
*Clinched the match