March 25, 2011
SEATTLE - In the first Pac-10 opener of the season, the No. 53-ranked Arizona men's tennis team dropped their third straight match, falling 6-1 on the road to the No. 20-ranked Washington Huskies at the Quillian Stadium in Seattle. The Wildcats couldn't overcome the early deficit, left by the Huskies in doubles action. Arizona was swept in all three doubles matches for the third straight match and was shut out in singles play in all but one court, with senior Geoff Embry clinching a three-setter.
"Overall we competed very well, but inexperience got the best of us," said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "We'll bounce back and get ready for the Ducks on Sunday."
The Huskies notched the doubles point after sweeping in doubles action. In the No. 1 spot, the No. 29-ranked duo of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Kyle McMorrow topped freshman Andre Vidaller and junior Jason Zafiros 8-2, handing the Wildcat duo their second loss of the season.
Washington's other ranked duo of No. 68-ranked of Tobi Obenaus and Martin Kildahl edged out sophomore Frank Chen and senior Geoff Embry in the No. 2 spot, 8-5.
In singles action, Washington carried over their momentum, building an early 2-0 lead after Bots notched a point in the No. 6 spot, against Chen, who made his Wildcats' singles debut. Bots secured straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.
Washington's Obenaus then followed up with a win in the No. 5 spot, topping Urquidi in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 to mark a 3-0 lead for the Huskies.
In a tight match in the No. 2 spot, No. 52-ranked McMorrow edged Zafiros in straight sets to clinch the victory. In the first set, McMorrow upended Zafiros 6-3, but in the second set, the junior from Bradenton, Fla. battled back, jumping out to a 3-2 lead, then the two tied three times, forcing a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Zafiros and McMorrow were deadlocked at 3-3, before McMorrow took the 5-4 lead. Zafiros then tied it at 6-6, before McMorrow notched the next two points to seal the 8-6 tiebreaker and the set.
No. 120-ranked Carrasco battled No. 86-ranked Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in the No. 1 spot. The senior dropped straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
In the No. 3 spot, Vidaller dropped a close two setter. In the first set the freshman fell 6-4 to No. 71-ranked Martin Kildahl, and then fell short 7-5 in the second set, which notched the Huskies final point of the day.
In the No. 4 spot, Embry squeezed out a three-setter to capture the Wildcat's lone point of the day. In the first set, the senior sealed the win 6-4, fell 6-4, in the second, before clinching the super tiebreaker 10-7.
With the loss, Arizona falls to 8-8, 0-1 Pac-10, while Washington improves to 13-4, 1-0 Pac-10.
The Wildcats will face Oregon on Sunday, March 27 in Eugene. The action begins at 10:30 a.m. and can be followed with a live blog courtesy of Oregon athletics: http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=205122087
No. 20 Washington 6, No. 53 Arizona 1
Quillian Stadium -- Seattle, Wash.
1. No. 29 Nedunchezhiyan/McMorrow (UW) def. Vidaller/Zafiros (UA) 8-2
2. No. 68 Obenaus/Kildahl (UW) def. Embry/Chen (UA) 8-5*
3. Schmidt/Bots (UW) def. Carrasco/Urquidi (UA) 8-5
Washington Wins Doubles Point
Order of finish, 1,2*,3
*Clinched doubles point
1. No. 86 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. No. 120 Andres Carrasco (UA) 6-3, 6-4
2. No. 52 Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Jason Zafiros (UA) 6-3, 7-6 (6)*
3. No. 71 Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Andre Vidaller (UA) 6-4, 7-5
4. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Daniel Schmidt (UW) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7
5. Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Mario Urquidi (UA) 6-3, 6-4
6. Martin Bots (UW) def. Frank Chen (UA) 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish, 6,5,2,*1,3,4
*Clinched the match