Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Blank NAU, 7-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 06, 2011
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TUCSON - The No. 42-ranked University of Arizona men's tennis team clinched a tight doubles point and swept through six singles matches en route to a 7-0 victory against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in the 25th meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats improve to 3-0 at home and 3-2 overall.


"We came out very tentative in doubles although we managed to grease out the point," head coach Tad Berkowitz said. "I was very pleased with the effort and attitude in singles."


In doubles action, four out of the six Wildcats were freshman along with two seniors. The Cats (3-2, 0-0 Pac-10) and Lumberjacks (2-4, 0-0 Big Sky) battled on all three courts, splitting wins on courts one and two. On court one, the freshman-senior duo of Giacomo Miccini and Geoff Embry claimed their match, with a 9-7 win over Hugo Ramadier and Dominic Bermudez.  The Wildcat duo fell to an early deficit but evened the score at six all and again at seven all before securing the next two games.


The `Jacks balanced the doubles score with a win on court three. The freshman tandem of Andre Vidaller and Kieren Thompson built a 5-0 lead over NAU's David Flodberg and Robin Pezzutto before the NAU duo propelled their way back by earning four straight games. The two teams tied at seven all and again at eight all to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Vidaller and Thompson suffered a close 7-5 loss.


On court two, the Wildcats secured the doubles point with the freshman-senior duo of Sam Barr and Borja Malo. After falling behind 0-3 to NAU's Patrick Schimmelbauer and Josh Brown, the Wildcat pair roared back, tying the `Jacks four different times before forcing a tiebreaker at eight all. Barr and Malo clinched the doubles point in an 8-6 tiebreaker after battling back and forth to give the Wildcats the advantage heading into singles.


In every dual match thus far the Wildcats have split a match with their opponent, putting pressure in the third doubles match to finish. Three out of the four matches that the Wildcats have played have came down to court two as the deciding factor for the doubles point, which they are 3-0, and 4-0 in doubles points earned this season.


It was all Wildcats in singles action, taking care of business on all six courts. The Cats built a 2-0 lead after Malo breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Bermudez, a Tucson native.


Not far behind Malo was Thompson, who pushed the lead to 3-0 on court six. The freshman built a 5-0 lead against Brown, who also hails from Tucson before Brown answered. Thompson sealed the first set 6-2 before powering his way to a 6-1 second set win.


Jason Zafiros clinched the match in the No. 2 spot against NAU's Schimmelbauer. After taking a 3-0 lead, the junior captured the set 6-2. In the second set, Schimmelbauer fought back taking the early lead before Zafiros bounced back leading throughout the rest of the match to seal the second set 6-4.


The points kept rolling in for Arizona with Embry earning the Cats their fifth point of the day in the No. 4 spot. The senior came out cruising to a 4-1 lead before Flodberg notched three straight games to tie the set at 4-4, after that Embry secured the set at 6-4, by winning the next two games. In the second set, Embry rolled on to a 6-3 win.


In the No. 3 spot, Miccini edged out a 7-5 first set win against Pezzutto. In the second set, Pezzutto answered by building a 3-0 lead against the Wildcat freshman. After that it was all Miccini, claiming the next four games to take the lead. The two traded games, before Miccini finished the set with a 6-4 win.


The Wildcats earned their seventh and final point of the match on court one. Senior Jay Goldman bested Ramadier in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to claim the victory.


Arizona improves to 3-2 overall and 3-0 at home, while the Lumberjacks drop to 2-4.


Next weekend, Arizona will host New Mexico on Friday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. and San Diego on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 12 p.m. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.


Complete Results

Men's Tennis

No. 42 Arizona 7, Northern Arizona 0

LaNelle Robson Tennis Center -- Tucson, Ariz.



1. Embry/Miccini (UA) def. Ramadier/Bermudez (NAU) 9-7

2. Barr/Malo (UA) def. Schimmelbauer/Brown (NAU) 9-8 (8-6)*

3. Flodberg/Pezzutto (NAU) def. Vidaller/Thompson (UA) 9-8 (7-5)

Arizona Wins Doubles Point

Order of finish, 1,3,2*

*Clinched doubles point



1. Jay Goldman (UA) def. Hugo Ramadier (NAU) 6-3, 6-4

2. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Patrick Schimmelbauer (NAU) 6-2, 6-4*

3. Giacomo Miccini (UA) def. Robin Pezzutto (NAU) 7-5, 6-4

4. Geoff Embry (UA) def. David Flodberg (NAU) 6-4, 6-3

5. Borja Malo (UA) def. Dominic Bermudez (NAU) 6-1, 6-1

6. Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Josh Brown (NAU) 6-2, 6-1

Order of finish, 5,6,2*,4,3,1

*Clinched the match

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