TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona men's tennis team, ranked 60th in the country, captured five of six single matches leading to a 6-1 victory over 46th-ranked Rice Sunday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The Cats are now 4-3 overall while the Owls fall to 3-2.
In the top spot of doubles play seniors Jean-Noel LaCoste and Michel Stopa beat Robert Collins and Ramez Qamer 9-7, while juniors Alex Aybar and Brian Jackson won against Cody Jackson and Alexis Pourchet, 9-8, (10-8), at the No. 3 spot.
For the third time in singles play freshman Tom Lloyd clinched the match for the Cats. Lloyd defeated Alexis Pourchet, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 4 spot. Rice's only point came from Kevin Hargrova who defeated sophomore Jari Niskala at the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 6-4.
The Wildcats return to action Friday when they play host to No. 31 Texas Tech Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m.
Results Singles No. 1 Alex Aybar (UA) Mathias Mathaes (Rice) 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 ret. No. 2 Jean-Noel LaCoste (UA) def. Robert Collins (Rice) 6-1, 6-2 No. 3 Michel Stopa (UA) def. Fabien Giraud (Rice) 6-3, 7-5 No. 4 Tom Lloyd (UA) def. Alexis Pourchet (Rice) 6-4, 6-4 No. 5 Alex Brown (UA) def. Cody Jackson (Rice) 6-3, 6-4 No. 6 Kevin Hargrova (Rice) def. Jari Niskala (UA) 6-2, 6-4 Results Doubles No. 1 LaCoste/Stopa (UA) def. Collins/Ramez Qamer (Rice) 9-7 No. 2 Hargrova/Mathaes (Rice) def. Brown/Lloyd (UA) 8-5 No. 3 Aybar/Brian Jackson (UA) def. Jackson/Pourchet (Rice) 9-8, 10-8