Men's Tennis Falls 5-2 to No. 12 California
April 1, 2012
The Arizona Wildcat men’s tennis team dropped their second conference match to the No. 12-ranked California Bears. California swept doubles play but the Cats rebounded to earn two singles wins in a 5-2 decision.
“I hope the guys realize how close we were against top teams,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “In the Stanford match we made them work and in the Cal match today we put ourselves in a position to win the match. That’s a lot for the guys to think about from where they were a month ago with their attitudes and how hard they are working.”
The day began with doubles play where the Cats got off to a slow start, dropping all three matches.
Finishing first was the team of Giacomo Miccini and Mario Urquidi on court two. The sophomore duo fought a seesaw battle with Carlos Cueto and Ben McLachlan. The match was first tied at two games to each team and the Cats took their only lead at five games to three. The California team answered with five straight wins to clinch the match, 8-5.
On court one, Sebastian Ionescu and partner Sumeet Shinde were second to finish in their match against Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt. The freshman duo earned the first game of the match but allowed the California team to claim the next seven straight before clinching another game. With the score at 7-2, Andrews and Konigsfeldt earned the next game to claim the match, 8-2, and clinch the doubles point for the Bears.
Last to finish was the team of Carlos Bermudez and Kieren Thompson on court three. The Arizona team claimed the first two games against Gregory Bayane and Andrew Scholnick, but allowed the next three to go to California. From there, Bermudez and Thompson played a game of catch-up and were able to tie the match at four games and five games to each team. The fifth win would be their last as Bayane and Scholnick clinched the next three wins and won the match, 8-5.
With the doubles point in favor of the Bears, the match entered singles play where Bermudez clinched his match on court four and Shinde earned his second singles victory of the weekend on court three. On court one, Miccini finished first in his match against Andrews. The sophomore from Recanati, Italy was downed, 6-0, 6-0.
Earning Arizona’s first point of the day was Bermudez on court four. The freshman from Tucson fought a close first set with Konigsfeldt. Bermudez started out ahead by claiming the first two games before Konigsfeldt fought back to tie the match. Bermudez earned the next game and remained one step ahead until Konigsfeldt tied the match at five games all. Bermudez answered by winning the next to games to claim the set, 7-5. In the second set, Bermudez started out behind by one game before pulling ahead, 4-1. Konigsfeldt earned his last victory by bringing the match to 4-2 before Bermudez won the next two games to clinch the set, 6-2, and earn the match.
Finishing third was Urquidi on court two. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas dropped the first set, 6-1, to B. McLachlan but came back strong in the second set. Urquidi and B. McLachlan fought a set of ties as they each fought back from behind to tie the set at one, two, four, and five games all. B. McLachlan claimed the last two games of the set to win, 7-5.
On court six, Ionescu fought two close sets with Riki McLachlan. Ionescu, a freshman from Braila, Romania, came from behind to tie the first set at four games and took the lead at 5-4. R. McLachlan earned the next two games to reclaim the lead at 6-5. R. McLachlan won the next game and clinched the set, 7-5. In the second set, R. McLachlan claimed the first three games before Ionescu fought back to bring the score to, 3-2. R. McLachlan won the next game but Ionescu answered by earning the next two to take the lead at 5-4. Ionescu dropped the next two games and was topped, 7-5.
Earning Arizona’s second point of the day was Shinde on court three. The freshman from Pune, India got off to a slow start in his match against Cueto and dropped the first set, 6-1. In the second set, Shinde remained one game behind until he took the lead at four games to three and won the next game to bring the set to 5-3. Cueto answered by winning the next two games to tie the set at five before Shinde won two more to claim the set, 7-5. The match entered a third set where Shinde won the first game before Cueto came back to win the next four straight. With the set at 4-1, Shinde began to dominate the competition and won the next five straight games to claim the set, 6-4, in a come-from-behind victory.
Thompson fought a close battle with Bayane, on court five. The sophomore from Brisbane, Australia remained one game behind in the first set before tying the score at five games each. Thompson claimed the next game to take his first lead of the match but Bayane answered with another win to tie the set and force the tiebreaker. Thompson was edged, 7-4, in the tiebreaker to drop the match, 7-6 (4). In the second set, Bayane claimed the first game but Thompson came back to win the next five straight. Thompson allowed two more wins in favor of Bayane before claiming the set, 6-3. The match entered a super tiebreaker where Bayane clinched the first point but Thompson answered with the next two wins to take the lead. Bayane claimed the next three points to take the lead at 4-2. Thompson earned the next point and remained one point behind until Bayane claimed three straight to bring the score to 8-5. The two traded wins until Thompson came from behind to bring the score to 9-8 with Bayane still in the lead. Thompson tied the score at nine but Bayane earned the next game and Thompson was forced to tie the score at 10 and again at 11. Thompson dropped the next two points and the super tiebreaker, 13-11.
With the loss, Arizona falls to 5-12 overall and 0-2 in Pac-12 play while California improves to 9-7 overall and 2-0 in Pac-12 play. The Cats will be back in action on April 6th and 8th as they continue Pac-12 play at home.
The Wildcats will host UCLA on April 6th at 1 p.m. and USC on April 7th at noon.
California, 5 def. Arizona, 2
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center
1. Andrews/Konigsfeldt (Cal) def. Ionescu/Shinde (UA), 8-2
2. Cueto/B. McLachlan (Cal) def. Miccini/Urquidi (UA), 8-5
3. Bayane/Scholnick (Cal) def. Bermudez/Thompson (UA), 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 1*, 3
*Clinch doubles point
1. Nick Andrews (Cal) def. Giacomo Miccini (UA), 6-0, 6-0
2. Ben McLachlan (Cal) def. Mario Urquidi (UA), 6-1, 7-5
3. Sumeet Shinde (UA) def. Carlos Cueto (Cal), 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
4. Carlos Bermudez (UA) def. Christoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal), 7-6 (5), 6-2
5. Gregory Bayane (Cal) def. Kieren Thompson (UA), 7-6 (4), 3-6, 13-11
6. Riki McLachlan (Cal) def. Sebastian Ionescu (UA), 7-5, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 4, 2, 6*, 3, 5