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Release: 02/20/2011
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Feb. 20, 2011

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TUCSON - The No. 46-ranked Arizona men's tennis team clinched their fifth match of the season powering their way to a 5-2 victory against No. 48-ranked Denver University. The Wildcats swept in doubles action and tallied four singles wins against the Pioneers at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

 

"Overall the guys competed well today," head coach Tad Berkowitz said. "This was an important win for us heading into the Blue/Gray next weekend."

 

After falling to the Pioneers (2-5, 0-0 Sun Belt) 4-3 last season in Lubbock, Texas, the Wildcats (5-3, 0-0 Pac-10) rebounded and came out strong in doubles action, sweeping on all three courts.

 

On court three, the senior-freshman duo of Andres Carrasco and Kieren Thompson cruised to an 8-2 victory over Denver's Alex Clinkenbeard and Varun Gunaseelan. The Wildcat pair took a 4-0 lead before Clinkenbeard and Gunaseelan answered with one game. After that it was Carrasco and Thompson sealing three more games, before Denver scored again and the Wildcat duo secured the 8-2 win.

 

The undefeated Wildcat pair of Jason Zafiros and Andre Vidaller earned their sixth win and clinched the doubles point for Arizona in the No. 2 spot. Zafiros and Vidaller battled Denver's Yannick Weihs and Enej Bonin. The match featured four ties before the Wildcat duo took the 6-5 lead and earned the next two games to win 8-5.

 

The Wildcats squeezed out a third win on court one in a tiebreaker. The Arizona tandem of Geoff Embry and Giacomo Miccini edged Jens Vorkefeld and Andrew Landwerlen 9-8. In the triebreaker Embry and Miccini rolled on to win 7-2.

 

In singles action, the Pioneers got on the board with a win on court No. 4. Miccini downed Landwerlen in the first set, 6-2, was trailing 6-5 in the second when he was forced to retire due to an injury.

 

The Wildcats were then jumpstarted to an early 2-1 lead by Zafiros. The junior dispatched Vorkefeld in straight sets. In the first set, Zafiros built a 3-0 lead before Vorkefeld answered with two straight games, before the Bradenton, Fla. native capped off the 6-3 first set victory. In the second set, Zafiros crawled out to a 4-1 lead and never trailed, winning 6-2.

 

Carrasco propelled the Wildcats to a 3-1 lead claiming two straight sets. In the first set Carrasco pounced Weihs 6-4, and then picked up the momentum in the second set. The senior came out evened with Weihs at 2-2 before tallying four straight games en route to a 6-2 second set win.

 

On court five, Vidaller sealed the match for the Wildcats. The freshman picked up a solid win against Clinkenbeard. Vidaller breezed to a 6-2 first set victory, before grabbing a tight second set win 7-5.

 

The Pioneers earned their second point of the day in the No. 1 slot. No. 44-ranked Enej Bonin edged Jay Goldman in a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker in the first set before powering his way to a 6-3 second set win. Goldman answered in the second set building a 3-1 lead, but Bonin battled to win five straight games.

 

Embry tallied the Wildcats their fifth point of the day in the No. 6 spot against Denver's Gunaseelan. Embry edged a 7-5 first set win and then took a 4-3 lead in the second set, en route to a 6-4 win.

 

Arizona improves to 5-3, while Denver drops to 2-5.

 

The Wildcats trek to Montgomery, Ala. next to compete in the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic. Action begins on Friday, Feb. 25 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 27. Last season the Wildcats advanced to the semifinals.

 

Complete Results

Men's Tennis

No. 46 Arizona 5, No. 48 Denver 2

LaNelle Robson Tennis Center -- Tucson, Ariz.

 

Doubles

1. Embry/Miccini (UA) def.  Vorkefeld/Landwerlen (DEN) 9-8 (2)

2. Zafiros/Vidaller (UA) def. Weihs/Bonin (DEN) 8-5*

3. Carrasco/Thompson (UA) def. Clinkenbeard/Gunaseelan (DEN) 8-2

Arizona Wins Doubles Point

Order of finish, 3,2*,1

*Clinched doubles point

 

Singles

1. No. 44 Enej Bonin (DEN) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 7-6 (3), 6-3

2. Andres Carrasco (UA) def.  Yannick Weihs (DEN) 6-4, 6-2

3. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Jens Vorkefeld (DEN) 6-3, 6-2

4. Andrew Landwerlen (DEN) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA) 2-6, 6-5 (ret. inj.)

5. Andre Vidaller (UA) def.  Alex Clinkenbeard (DEN) 6-2, 7-5*

6. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Varun Gunaseelan (DEN) 7-5, 6-4

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

*Clinched the match

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