April 22, 2011
Las Cruces, N.M. - The No. 61-ranked University of Arizona men's tennis team came up short today, falling 4-2 to No. 56-ranked Idaho in Las Cruces, N.M. at the New Mexico State Tennis Center. The Wildcats (8-14, 0-6 Pac-10) started four freshmen in their singles lineup for the fourth time this season with seniors, Andres Carrasco and Geoff Embry, earning victories in the singles lineup.
"It's been difficult for us this year because we haven't been able to play with a consistent lineup," said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "We have one more regular season match so we will look to finish strong on Sunday."
Idaho (17-7, 3-2 WAC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. In the No. 2 spot, The Vandals' doubles pair of Lachlan Reed and Alex Joitoiu dispatched the Wildcat freshman-senior duo of Carrasco and Andre Vidaller 8-3. The Vandals also propelled their way to a victory in the No. 3 spot. The pair of Abid Akbar and Andrew Dobbs topped the Wildcat tandem of Mario Urquidi and Frank Chen 8-4. Marius Cirstea and Jose Bendeck built a 6-3 lead over Arizona's Giacomo Miccini and Embry in the No. 1 slot when play was stopped.
The Vandals claimed singles wins on courts two, five and six to secure the match. In the No. 2 spot, Reed edged Miccini 7-5 in the first set and followed up with a 6-2 second set win. In the No. 6 spot, Alan Shin downed freshman Sam Barr 6-2, 6-2. It was Barr's first singles match since Feb. 26 at the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic against Boise State.
Idaho clinched the match in the No. 5 spot in a three-setter. Urquidi fell to Bendeck 4-6 in the first set, bounced back to win 6-3 in the second, but came up short in the third set 6-4.
Arizona notched two points in the No. 1 and No. 4 slots. Carrasco dispatched Cirstea in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 1 spot to earn his 67 career singles win, and Embry topped Akbar in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 4 slot.
Vidaller battled Joitoiu in the No. 3 spot in three sets. In the first set, Joitoiu marked up a 6-2 win, but Vidaller came back to edge out the 7-5 second set, and the two were deadlocked at 2-2 when play was stopped.
After dropping nine straight matches, the Wildcats will try to bounce back and finish strong on Sunday when they take on No. 50 Boise State in their final regular season match. Action is slated to begin at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. Tucson time) in Las Cruces, N.M.
No. 56 University of Idaho 4, No. 61 Arizona 2
New Mexico State Tennis Center--Las Cruces, N.M.
1. Cirstea/Bendeck (IDAHO) vs. Miccini/Embry (UA) 6-3, unfinished
2. Reed/Joitoiu (IDAHO) def. Carrasco/Vidaller (UA) 8-3
3. Akbar/Dobbs (IDAHO) def. Urquidi/Chen (UA) 8-4
1. No. 102 Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Marius Cirstea (IDAHO) 6-4, 6-2
2. Lachlan Reed (IDAHO) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA) 7-5, 6-2
3. Alex Joitoiu (IDAHO) vs. Andre Vidaller (UA) 6-2, 5-7, 2-2, unfinished
4. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Abid Akbar (IDAHO) 6-3, 6-2
5. Jose Bendeck (IDAHO) def. Mario Urquidi (UA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4*
6. Alan Shin (IDAHO) def. Sam Barr (UA) 6-2, 6-2
*Clinched the match