April 3, 2009
TUCSON - The No. 20 Arizona men's tennis team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history when they upset No. 8 Stanford 4-2 Friday afternoon at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
The Wildcats (17-2, 2-1) came into the match focused after having its 14-match winning streak snapped last weekend against then-No. 26 Washington.
"This one of the biggest wins in program's history," head coach Tad Berkowitz said after the match. "I'm so proud of these guys. These guys just keep amazing me how they fight match after match."
With the win, Arizona ran its home record this season to 14-0.
"When we play at home, we feel we can beat anybody," Berkowitz said.
Today's match started with singles, due to inclement weather.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead when freshman Jason Zafiros defeated Ted Kelly 6-3, 6-1 in position No. 5.
Junior Pat "Beast" Metham followed suit, winning his match 6-2, 6-1 against No. 117 Gregory Hirshman 6-2, 6-1.
With the Wildcats leading 2-0, the Cardinal got on the board when Ryan Thacher defeated Andres Arango 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in position No. 2.
Then sophomore No. 68 Jay Goldman gave the Wildcats some breathing room and a 3-1 lead when he upset No. 50 Bradley Klahn in straight sets winning 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
Sophomore Andres Carrasco clinched the victory for Arizona when he upset No. 102 Richard Wire 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Arizona will be in action again tomorrow when they take on No. 44 California at 1:00 p.m. The watch will be played at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. It will be the last home match of the season. The first 100 fans will receive a free rally pompom.
Not played due to inclement weather
1) No. 68 Jay Goldman (UA) def. No. 50 Bradley Klahn (SU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2) Ryan Thacher (SU) def. Andres Arango (UA) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
3) Andres Carrasco (UA) def. No. 102 Richard Wire (SU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3*
4) Blake Muller (SU) def. Ravid Hazi (UA) 4-6, 6-2, 4-3 (SU leading) default
5) Pat Metham (UA) def. No. 117 Gregory Hirshman (SU) 6-2, 6-1
6) Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Ted Kelly (SU) 6-3, 6-1
Order: 6, 5, 2, 1, 3, 4
* Clinched victory