Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Drop First Match of the Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 04, 2012
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Feb. 4, 2012


The Arizona Wildcat men's tennis team dropped their first match of the season with a 6-1 loss to the Cal Poly Mustangs at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The loss marks the first to the Mustangs in 8 meetings.

"They played well, they just beat us today," said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "Today was a good learning experience for us, we are such a young team we just have to keep learning. This is one duel match of 23 for us this season so we have to keep that in mind. As long as we learn from today we will keep improving."

In doubles action, the Cats were edged on courts one and two and with the doubles point in favor of Cal Poly the match on court three was left unfinished.

On court one, Giacomo Miccini and Sumeet Shinde took the early lead over Jordan Bridge and Brian McPhee. With the match at 2-1, Cal Poly came back to win seven straight and hand Arizona their first loss of the day.

On court two, Andre Vidaller and Sebastian Ionescu fell behind early against Andre Dome and Marco Comuzzo.With the match at 5-2 in favor of Cal Poly, the Wildcat duo began to fight back and brought the match to 5-4. The teams battled back and forth until Cal Poly pulled away to win, 8-6.

Meanwhile, Carlos Bermudez and Mario Urquidi got a late start in their match against Jordan De Jager and Jordan Keplar on court three. With the doubles point claimed, the match was called at 2 all.

In singles play, the Cats won one match to earn their only point of the day.

First to finish was Miccini on court one. The Recanati, Italy native fell behind early in both sets against Dome and was unable to come back. He was edged, 6-1, 6-1.

On court five, Ionescu was next to finish in his match against De Jager. The freshman from Braila, Romania fell 6-3, 6-2.

Urquidi, on court six, fought a close battle with Sebastian Bell. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas fell 7-5 in the first set and 6-4 in the second set. The loss marked the fourth point in favor of Cal Poly and Arizona's first duel loss of the season.

With the match clinched, Vidaller earned Arizona's only point of the day on court two. The Santos, Brazil native tied the first set against McPhee at 2, 3, and 4 before pulling away to win, 6-4. In the second set, McPhee took an early lead at 3-1 before Vidaller began to fight back to bring the match to 3-2. Vidaller remained one step behind until he tied the match at five all and again at six. At six all the match entered a tiebreaker, Vidaller began to fall behind but quickly pulled ahead to clinch the tiebreaker and the set, 7-6 (4).

On court three, Bermudez quickly defeated Comuzzo, 6-2, in the first set. In the second set, the Tucson local fell behind early and was edged, 6-2. The match entered a third set where Bermudez remained one step behind before tying the set at 4 all. Comuzzo pulled away to win two straight and clinch the set, 6-4.

Also entering a third set was Shinde on court four. The freshman from Pune, India traded leads with Bridge in the first set before clinching the set, 6-4. Shinde lost momentum going into the second set and fell behind early, 5-1. He fought back to bring the set to 5-2 but was held to those two wins. In the third set the two continued to trade leads and brought the set to 4-3 in favor of Cal Poly. Bridge won the next two games to clinch the set and the match.

Arizona falls to 3-1 while Cal Poly improves to 2-3.

Arizona will be back in action next weekend when they take their first road trip of the season.The Cats are set to play DePaul and Minnesota on Feb. tenth and eleventh. Both matches will be held in Minneapolis, Minn. At 4 p.m.

Complete Results

1.Bridge/McPhee (CP) def. Miccini/Shinde (UA), 8-2
2.Dome/Comuzzo (CP) def. Vidaller/Ionescu (UA), 8-6*
3.Bermudez/Urquidi (UA) v. De Jager/Keplar (CP), 2-2 Unfinished
Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3
*Clinch doubles point

1.Andre Dome (CP) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA), 6-1, 6-1
2. Andre Vidaller (UA) def. Brian McPhee (CP), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
3.Marco Comuzzo (CP) def. Carlos Bermudez (UA), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
4.Jordan Bridge (CP) def. Sumeet Shinde (UA), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
5.Jordan De Jager (CP) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA), 6-3, 6-2
6. Sebastian Bell (CP) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 7-5, 6-4*
Order of finish: 1, 5, 6*, 2, 3, 4
* Clinch match

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