Cats Advance to Semifinals
March 19, 2010
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -The No. 33 ranked University of Arizona men's tennis team dropped the doubles point but fought back winning four singles matches to top the No. 39 University of Tulsa Hurricane 4-2 in the quarterfinals today at the Blue/Gray Classic at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center. The Wildcats will face No. 17 Oklahoma tomorrow in the semifinals. Oklahoma topped Virginia CommonWealth 4-1 to advance.
'After losing the doubles point the boys came out with a vengeance in singles,' said head coach Tad Berkowitz. 'Tulsa is a very strong team but the guys took it up a level today.'
The fourth-seeded Wildcats dropped the doubles point to the Hurricane on courts one and two. On court one No. 40 Philip Stephens and Ashley Watling topped No. 55 Pat Metham and Borja Malo 8-4. Tulsa picked up the doubles point on court three after Marcelo Arevalo and Grant Ive defeated Wildcat pair Andres Arango and Andres Carrasco 8-3.
After doubles, it was all Wildcats, capturing four wins in singles action. Tulsa's lone win came on court one. No. 88 Arevalo topped junior Jay Goldman 6-2, 7-5. In the No. 2 spot, Arango downed No. 114 Stephens 7-6, 6-3 and sophomore Jason Zafiros picked up the win in the No. 3 slot against Alastair Barnes 6-1, 6-2. Hazi defeated Ive on court six 6-4, 7-5 and in the No. 3 position, Carrasco clinched the fourth and final point for the Wildcats topping No. 45 Watling 6-4, 6-4 to advance the Cats to the semifinals.
Arizona upped its record to 11-4 with the win, while Tulsa drops to 10-5.
Tomorrow the Wildcats take on the No. 17 ranked University of Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) in the semifinals. The winner of that match will advance to the finals Sunday to play the winner of the Texas Tech/Notre Dame-Fresno St. match.
The last meeting between Arizona and Oklahoma took place in the Aggie Invitational on November 7, 2004. The Sooners topped the Wildcats 6-1. Oklahoma has three players ranked in the ITA singles rankings. Andrei Daescu at No. 20, Costin Paval at No. 70 and Ionut Beleleu at No. 83. Daescu and Beleleu are also ranked in the ITA doubles rankings at No. 71.
'Oklahoma is a solid top 20 team,' Berkowitz said. 'Our guys though have a lot of confidence right now, so it is a good opportunity for us.'
Follow the team at www.bluegraytennis.com where there will be live scoring, plenty of photos posted everyday and other interesting stuff. Also, RadioTennis will be broadcasting the first two days.
No. 33 Arizona vs. No. 39 Tulsa Results
No. 33 Arizona 4, No. 39 Tulsa 2
1. No. 40 Stephens/Watling (TU) def. No. 55 Malo/Metham (UA) 8-4
2. Embry/Hazi (UA) vs. Ballok/Barnes (TU) DNF
3. Arevalo/Ive (TU) def. Arango/Carrasco (UA) 8-3
1. No. 88 Marcelo Arevalo (TU) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 6-2, 7-5
2. Andres Arango (UA) def. No. 114 Philip Stephens (TU) 7-6, 6-3
3. Andres Carrasco (UA) def. No. 45 Ashley Watling (TU) 6-4, 6-4*
4. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Alastair Barnes (TU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Geoff Embry (UA) vs. Marko Ballok (TU) 6-7 DNF
6. Ravid Hazi (UA) def. Grant Ive (TU) 6-4, 7-5