April 8, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The No. 55-ranked University of Arizona men's tennis team struggled on the road today and was shut out 6-0 to No. 14-ranked UCLA. The Wildcats were blanked in six singles matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, dropping their seventh straight match and fifth Pac-10 match of the season.
"Of our six singles players today, four were freshmen," said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "I hope it was a good learning experience for them."
The Wildcats started the day in singles action instead of doubles, due to the possibility of rain. In singles play, Arizona (8-12, 0-5 Pac-10) started four freshmen, Giacomo Miccini, Andre Vidaller, Mario Urquidi and Kieren Thompson along with seniors Andres Carrasco and Geoff Embry. It marked the second time at least four freshmen have started in the singles lineup.
The Bruins (14-5, 3-2 Pac-10) jumped out to a 1-0 start in the No. 6 slot after Holden Seguso cruised to a 6-0 first set win over Thompson. In the second set Seguso built a 2-1 lead and garnered four straight games to tack the 6-1 second set and put the Bruins on the board first.
UCLA padded the 2-0 lead in the No. 2 spot after the Bruins' No. 71-ranked senior Amit Inbar bested Miccini in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. It was the first time Miccini competed in the No. 2 slot for the Wildcats.
The Bruins kept their momentum flowing, sealing another win in the No. 4 spot. Freshman Andrien Puget powered his way over Embry in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. The Bruins' Maxime Tabatruong followed up then by clinching the match for the Bruins in the No. 5 spot.
Tabatruong topped Urquidi 6-1 in the first set and then edged the freshman in a 7-6 (7-1) tiebreaker to seal the match.
UCLA notched two more points in the No. 3 and No. 1 spots. In the No. 3 spot, Vidaller and Clay Thompson battled in a freshmen showcase in the only three-setter of the match. In the first set, Vidaller ousted Thompson 6-4, before Thompson bounced back to take the second set 6-1 and in similar fashion topped Vidaller 6-1 in the third set to nab the Bruins fifth point.
In the No. 1 spot, No. 111-ranked Carrasco fell to No. 33-ranked Daniel Kosakowski in straight sets. After the two were even at 5-5 in the first set, Kosakowski answered with two straight games to secure the 7-5 first set. Kosakowski closed the match by clinching the 6-2 second set win over Carrasco.
With the loss, Arizona falls to 8-12, 0-5 in the Pac-10, while UCLA improves to 14-5, 3-2 in the Pac-10.
The Wildcats will now turn their focus to No. 2 USC tomorrow in their final Pac-10 match of the season. Doubles action will begin at 12 p.m. in Los Angeles at Marks Stadium. The match can be watched live here, courtesy of USC athletics.
No. 14 UCLA 6, No. 55 Arizona 0
Los Angeles Tennis Center - Los Angeles, Calif.
1. No. 33 Daniel Kosakowski (UCLA) def. No. 111 Andres Carrasco (UA) 7-5, 6-2
2. No. 71 Amit Inbar (UCLA) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA) 6-2, 6-4
3. Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Andre Vidaller (UA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Geoff Embry (UA) 6-3, 6-1
5. Maxime Tabatruong (UCLA) def. Mario Urquidi (UA) 6-1, 7-6 (1)*
6. Holden Seguso (UCLA) def. Kieren Thompson (UA) 6-0, 6-1
Order of finish, 6,2,4,5*,3,1
*Clinched the match