Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Claw Tigers, 5-2
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 04, 2011
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Feb. 4, 2011

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TUCSON - After suffering two losses last weekend, the No. 42-ranked Wildcats came out strong today against the University of Pacific Tigers, clinching two out of the three doubles matches along with four singles matches to earn a 5-2 victory at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.


"Overall, I'm happy with the win today," head coach Tad Berkowitz said. "Pacific made a late run toward the end of the match, but our guys countered well to get the win."


In doubles action, the Wildcats (2-2, 0-0 Pac-10) pounced on the Tigers (0-4, 0-0 Big West) early, sealing wins on courts two and three to earn the doubles point.


The dynamic duo of freshman Andre Vidaller and junior Jason Zafiros notched an 8-4 win to remain undefeated in doubles action.  On court two, the Wildcat pair took an early 4-2 lead against Fernando Ristow and Artem Gramma and never fell behind, taking a 5-3 lead, then clinching the next two games, before Ristow and Gramma answered at 7-4. The Wildcats finished by notching the 8-4 win.


The doubles point was clinched on court three where freshman Sam Barr made his Wildcat debut with senior Borja Malo. The duo was even with Tomasz Krzyszkowski and Angus Thompson at 2-2, before Malo and Barr powered their way winning four straight games before Krzyszkowski and Thompson answered. The Wildcat duo went on to win 8-4 to clinch the doubles point.


On court one, the tandem of senior Geoff Embry and freshman Giacomo Miccini battled Ivan Castro and Alex Golding. The Wildcat duo was up 6-4 and 7-5 before the pair of Tigers earned two straights games to force a tiebreaker at 7-7. Embry and Miccini dropped the tiebreaker 7-1.


In singles, the Wildcats upended the Tigers in four out of the six matches. Arizona propelled their way to a 4-0 start after clinching their first three singles matches.


On court five, Embry, competing in his first match of the season, took care of business early, downing Golding 6-1 in the first set and then breezed to a 6-0 second set win.


Miccini earned the Wildcats their third point of the day on court three. The freshman scored early taking a 4-1 lead before Gramma answered winning a second game. After that it was all Miccini clinching the first set 6-2 and similar to Embry he swept in the second set 6-0.


After that it was all three-setters. Freshman Mario Urquidi, making his debut as a Wildcat in singles action clinched the match for the Wildcats on court six in a three-setter. Urquidi bested Thompson 6-1 in the first set, fell in a tough second set tiebreaker 7-6 (4), and then rolled on to a 6-1 third set victory.


With the Wildcats up 4-0, the Tigers clawed their way back earning a point on court one in a three-setter. Wildcat senior Jay Goldman topped Castro in the first set 6-4, fell 7-5 in the second, before retiring at 3-2 in the third.


On court two, a fierce Zafiros powered his way to a 4-3 lead against Krzyskowski before clinching two straight games to earn the 6-3 first set win. In the second set, Zafiros dropped the set 6-3, but battled back in the third to win 6-3 and give Arizona their fifth and final point of the day.


Vidaller faced Ristow on court four and notched the first set 6-4. Ristow fought back capturing the second set 6-4, and took a 4-3 lead in the third before Vidaller retired.


The Wildcats improve to 2-2 while Pacific drops to 0-4.


Next up for Arizona is the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 12 p.m. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. 


Complete Results

No. 42 Arizona 5, Pacific 2

LaNelle Robson Tennis Center -- Tucson, Ariz.



1. Castro/Golding (UofP) def. Miccini/Embry (UA) 8-7 (7-1)

2. Zafiros/Vidaller (UA) def. Ristow/Gramma (UofP) 8-4

3. Malo/Barr (UA) def. Krzyszkowski/Thompson (UofP) 8-4*

Arizona Wins Doubles Point

Order of finish, 2,3*,1

*Clinched doubles point



1. Ivan Castro (UofP) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 4-6, 7-5, 3-1 ret.

2. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Tomasz Krzyszkowski (UofP) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

3. Giacomo Miccini (UA) def. Artem Gramma (UofP) 6-2, 6-0

4. Fernando Ristow (UofP) def. Andre Vidaller (UA) 4-6, 6-4, 4-3 ret.

5. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Alex Golding (UofP) 6-1, 6-0

6. Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Angus Thompson (UofP) 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1*

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

*Clinched the match

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