TUCSON, Ariz. – In his return to the court, junior Sumeet Shinde clinched the 4-2 victory over New Mexico State on Sunday, moving the Cats to 9-6 on the year.
Shinde found himself down after a first set loss to Paul Denele but rebounded to win in three 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.
“I’m really proud of Sumeet for clinching the match for us after missing the last two matches with an injury,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said.
In singles, Kieren Thompson and Naoki Takeda gave Arizona their first two victories as both won in straight sets.
Thompson defeated the Aggies’ number one, Strahinja Trecakov 6-4, 6-0, while Takeda trounced Liam Goldberg 6-2, 6-2.
Arizona’s other point on the day was their first, as the Cats took doubles with wins by Shinde and Takeda as well as Thompson and Will Kneale. In their first appearance for the Cats’ number one doubles slot, Shinde and Takeda defeated Goldberg and Marc Westgate 8-7.
Despite this being their first pairing of the year, Thompson and Kneale weren’t fazed as they handled Paul Denele and Naveen Manivannan to win 8-4.
The Cats fell in the third spot, as Mario Urquidi and Matt Dunn stumbled vs. Trecakov and Germain Degardin 8-7.
Arizona dropped two matches in singles, as Urquidi fell to Degardin 6-4, 6-2 and Kneale to Patrick Pfister 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.
After Shinde secured a Wildcat victory, Dunn’s match vs. Manivannan was left on the table.
“That’s a tough place to play but the guys locked it in and we got the win,” said Berkowitz.
Arizona takes a two-week hiatus before returning to Robson to take on Louisville Monday, Mar. 10 at 12 p.m.
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