TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona started strong on Sunday to win five out of six first sets in singles, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Nevada as they lost 5-2.
“You have to give credit to Nevada,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said. “We came out strong after losing the doubles point to win five first sets, but there was a fifteen minute momentum change that turned the tables. Our guys competed hard and fought hard. Nevada just got us today.”
In doubles, the point came down to Naoki Takeda and Will Kneale after Fredrik Ask and Kieren Thompson won 6-1 vs. Quentin Mege and Moez Echargul while Matt Dunn and Mario Urquidi lost to Robert Allan and Victor Ouvrard 6-2. Takeda and Kneale were unable to split the tiebreaker in their favor as they fell to Fernando Sunago and Andrew Poustie 6-2.
Dunn won his second singles match of the weekend, defeating Allan 6-1, 6-4. The win gave Arizona its first point of the day, tying the match at 1-1.
Kneale lost shortly after to give the Wolfpack the 2-1 lead, an advantage they wouldn’t give up. Kneale’s loss came in straight sets to Ryan Andrada, 6-4, 6-3.
Nevada extended the lead as Ask fell to Echargul in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
From there, the Wolfpack clinched the match after Thompson fell to Victor Ouvrard 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
With the match in hand, Nevada’s Poustie defeated Takeda 2-6, 6-5 (1), 6-3.
Urquidi ended the day on a higher note for the Cats, winning a third-set tiebreaker to take the match 6-4, 5-6 (6), 6-5 (4).
“We’ll be fine,” said Berkowitz. “Our guys fight hard and compete hard, so they’ll respond well. I’ve got confidence in them.”
The Cats head to Las Cruces next weekend, where they will take on the New Mexico State Aggies on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m.
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