TUCSON, Ariz. – Despite a strong display in doubles, Arizona was unable to overcome No. 44 Boise State in a 5-2 defeat on Sunday. The loss drops the Cats to 5-5 on the year.
“We came out with a vengeance in doubles,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said.” We went toe-to-toe with them. They’re a very good team and we’re not far off. We’ve got good players and we were right there.”
The match began with Naoki Takeda and Sumeet Shinde falling in doubles to Andy Bettles and Thomas Tenreiro 6-3. Simultaneously, Kieren Thompson and Fredrik Ask won their match against Garrett Patton and Brendan McClain 6-3, leaving the doubles point up to Mario Urquidi and Matt Dunn. In a clutch tiebreaker, Dunn and Urquidi defeated Nathan Sereke and Toby Mitchell 6-5 (7-3).
In singles, Ask and Will Kneale were the first to fall, as Ask lost to Bettles 6-2, 6-0 and Kneale lost to Toby Mitchell 6-2, 6-1.
Takeda earned Arizona their sole singles victory in the match as he defeated Patton in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
“Naoki was great,” Berkowitz said. “He did not let up for a second. The difference he’s made from his freshman year to now is awesome.”
Thompson lost on court three to Tenreiro 6-4, 6-1, and Boise State clinched the victory after McClain defeated Urquidi 6-4, 6-4.
Shinde mounted a comeback against Sereke, winning the second set 6-4 after dropping the first by the same score, but was unable to finish in the tiebreaker as he fell 10-4 to conclude the match.
Arizona hits the road next weekend as they face Cal Poly at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and UC Santa Barbara at 12 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9
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