TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona kept the foot on the pedal for their second match of the weekend as they defeated UC Riverside 7-0 on Sunday. The win put the Cats at 2-0 on their opening home weekend at the Tucson Country Club and pushed them to an even 4-4 on the year.
“I thought the guys did a great job today,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “They established their presence and put the clamps on their opponents.”
In doubles, Arizona needed only twenty minutes to win the first match of the day, as junior Sumeet Shinde and sophomore Naoki Takeda defeated Marcus Vizcarra and Calvin Ngo, 6-1.
Shortly after, senior Mario Urquidi and sophomore Matt Dunn clinched the point, defeating CooperBridge and Luis Gastao, 6-2.
With the doubles victory in tow, seniors Fredrik Ask and Kieren Thompson had their match against Jack Felich and Julian Ruffin abandoned at 4-3.
In singles play, the highlights were found in the second sets, as no Wildcat in the lineup allowed an opponent more than three games.
“I think we’re as fit as we’ve ever been,” Berkowitz said. “It gives us confidence knowing we’re feeling good late in matches. In the second sets we took it to them, earned the wins, and broke them down.”
Ask defeated Felich 6-0, 6-2 to give Arizona the early 2-0 edge.
Urquidi and Shinde followed with another pair of quick wins. Urquidi defeated Ngo 6-2, 6-0 and Shinde topped Gastao 6-2, 6-2.Urquidi’s match proved to be decisive as the Wildcats clinched the win at 4-0.
Still competing were Thompson, Takeda, and freshman Will Kneale, but none were hindered as the three made statement two-set wins.
The two Australians had identical 6-5 (7-4), 6-0 scores as they dominated their second sets after enduring tiebreakers in the first. Thompson’s win came against Ruffin, while Kneale topped Sean Yun.
Takeda put the exclamation point on the shutout day, defeating Bridge 6-3, 6-3.
Arizona returns to the courts next weekend as they take on Gonzaga Friday Jan. 31 at 12:00 p.m. and BoiseState Sunday Feb. 2 at 11:00 a.m. Both matches will be held at Reffkin Tennis Center and admission for the events will be free.
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