March 12, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team snapped their eight-match loosing streak with a 5-2 victory over the New Mexico State Aggies. The Cats swept singles play and went on to win four of six singles matches at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Carlos Bermudez and Mario Urquidi teamed up to earn the Wildcats’ first doubles victory of the day. The duo defeated Matej Stakne and Luis Ramirez, 8-2, on court two. Clinching the doubles point for the Cats was the team of Frank Chen and Kieren Thompson on court three. The team beat Felipe Frattini and Marc Westgate, 8-1, in Chen’s first duel match of the season. Rounding out doubles play for Arizona was the team of Sebastian Ionescu and Sumeet Shinde on court one. The duo played Matej Stakne and Luis Ramirez for an 8-5 victory.
In singles action, momentum continued in favor of the Cats and they went on to win four matches, three of which were won in straight sets.
Finishing first was Robin Chou on court six. The freshman from Austin, Texas fell for the first time in duel play with a 6-2, 6-0 loss to Patrick Pfister.
On court two, Bermudez earned Arizona’s first singles win of the day in straight sets. The freshman from Tucson defeated Degardin, 6-1, 6-2.
Third to finish was Thompson on court five. The sophomore from Brisbane, Australia earned a 6-0, 6-4 win over Frattini. On court one, San Diego State earned their second and final point of the day when Andre Vidaller was edged, 7-5, 6-2, by Stakne.
Clinching the match for the Wildcats was Urquidi on court two. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas fell behind early with a 6-2 loss to Ramirez in the first set. He quickly rebounded and came back to win the second and third sets, 6-3, and 7-5. “It was a good credit to him, he didn’t hang his head, he was playing a tough opponent,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “He did a really good job of refocusing right out of the gate and turned the momentum around in the second set.”
Rounding out the day for the Cats was Shinde on court three. The freshman from Pune, India won the first set, 6-4, against Westgate. In the second set, Westgate fought back to force the tiebreak at 6 games all but Shinde answered with a 7-6 (4) victory.
“It’s a good credit to the guys, they worked hard today and they competed well. I think a match like this shows a lot of character for the guys,” Berkowitz said. “Hopefully it will give them some confidence going into our road trip, for us this year every match is going to be tough. This is a good victory for the guys in the sense that they have been working hard and showing up every day and they deserved to win.”
With the win Arizona improves to 4-8 and New Mexico State falls to 4-6.
The Wildcats will be back in action on Wednesday, March 14 when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to play the New Mexico Lobos at 1:00 p.m.
Arizona, 5 def. New Mexico State, 2
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center
1. Ionescu/Shinde (UA) def. Stakne/Ramirez (NMSU), 8-5
2. Bermudez/Urquidi (UA) def. Frattini/Westgate (NMSU), 8-2
3. Chen/Thompson (UA) def. Cabrita/Degardin (NMSU), 8-1
Order of finish: 2, 3*, 1
*Clinch Doubles Point
1. Matej Stakne (NMSU) def. Andre Vidaller (UA), 7-5, 6-2
2. Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Luis Ramirez (NMSU), 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. Sumeet Shinde (UA) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
4. Carlos Bermudez (UA) def. Germain Degardin (NMSU), 6-1, 6-2
5. Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Felipe Frattini (NMSU), 6-0, 6-4
6. Patrick Pfister (NMSU) def. Robin Chou (UA), 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 4, 5, 1, 2*, 3