April 3, 2011
TUCSON - The 56-ranked University of Arizona men's tennis team was topped for its sixth consecutive defeat and fourth straight Pac-10 match today to No. 12 Stanford, 5-2, in the last home match of the season. The Wildcats battled strong in doubles, claiming one of the three matches, and senior Geoff Embry and freshman Andre Vidaller tacked up singles wins for Arizona at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
"We're hanging tough with some of the best teams in the country, head coach Tad Berkowitz said. "It's going to take a little bit more and we can get over the hump."
Doubles opened up with Stanford's No.4-ranked tandem of Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn jumping out to a 4-1 lead over the Wildcat freshman-senior combination of Giacomo Miccini and Embry. Thacher and Klahn went on to win 8-3.
Arizona evened the doubles matches at one match a piece after the duo of Vidaller and Jason Zafiros took down the Cardinal No. 67-ranked pair of Alex Clayton and Ted Kelly 8-5. The two teams were deadlocked at 3-3, before Vidaller and Zafiros built a 5-3 lead, then Clayton and Kelly bounced back with two games to give Arizona the 6-5 lead. Vidaller and Zafiros notched the next two games to win 8-5.
The clincher came in the No. 2 spot after the Cardinal pair of Denis Lin and Matt Kandath propelled their way to an 8-3 win over the Wildcat's other freshman-senior duo of Kieren Thompson and Andres Carrasco.
The Cardinal then padded their lead to 5-0, capturing the first four singles matches.
In the No. 4 slot, Zafiros dropped his sixth straight match after winning his first five matches to start the season. The junior fell in straight sets to Lin, 6-1, 6-3.
Stanford then garnered their third point in the No. 1 position after No. 11-ranked Klahn downed senior Jay Goldman in his last home match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
The Cardinal sealed the win in the No. 2 spot in a tough three-setter. The No. 111-ranked Carrasco, jumped out to a 6-3 first set win over No. 32-ranked Thacher. Then the senior from Cabrils, Barcelona, Spain dropped a 6-3 second set, followed by a 6-1 third set.
Arizona dropped its fifth and final match of the day in the No. 3 slot. Stanford's No. 60-ranked Clayton battled Miccini in two tight sets. In the first set, the two were even at 5-5, before Clayton, the senior, captured the next two games, to hold off the freshman Miccini 7-5. The second set came down to a tiebreaker with Clayton earning the 7-4 tiebreaker to win 7-6 (4).
The Wildcats claimed two singles wins in the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, with both coming down to the wire in three sets. Vidaller battled Kandath in the No. 5 slot. After dropping the first set 6-4, the freshman clawed his way back to win 7-5 in the second set and clinched the super tiebreaker 10-6 to capture Arizona's first point of the day.
Embry, the senior from Phoenix, Ariz. took on Jamin Ball in the No. 6 slot in three sets. In the first set, Embry cruised to a 6-3 win, before Ball answered with a close 7-5 second set. Then in the third it was Embry marking up the 7-5 win.
With the loss the Wildcats fall to 8-11, 0-4 in the Pac-10, while Stanford upped its record to 11-5, 2-1 in the Pac-10.
Arizona will now travel on the road for the team's final four dual matches of the season. The Wildcats will first take on UCLA next Friday, April 8 in Los Angeles before facing USC on Saturday, April 9.
No. 12 Stanford 5, No. 56 Arizona 2
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center -- Tucson, Ariz.
1. No. 4 Thacher/Klahn (STAN) def. Miccini/Embry (UA) 8-3
2. Lin/Kandath (STAN) def. Carrasco/Thompson (UA) 8-3*
3. Vidaller/Zafiros (UA) def. No. 67 Clayton/Kelly (STAN) 8-5
Stanford Wins Doubles Point
Order of finish, 1,3,2*
*Clinched doubles point
1. No. 11 Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 6-2, 6-2
2. No. 32 Ryan Thacher (STAN) def. No. 111 Andres Carrasco (UA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1*
3. No. 60 Alex Clayton (STAN) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA) 7-5, 7-6(4)
4. Denis Lin (STAN) def. Jason Zafiros (UA) 6-1, 6-3
5. Andre Vidaller (UA) def. Matt Kandath (STAN) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Jamin Ball (STAN) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
Order of finish, 4,1,2*,3,5,6
*Clinched the match