Cats Fall at Home
April 2, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz.— The No. 21-ranked Washington Huskies captured the doubles point and went on to win five of the six singles matches to top the No. 34-ranked Arizona Wildcats, 6-1 today at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center to claim their first Pac-10 victory of the season. With the loss, the Cats drop their fourth straight match, their third in the Pac-10.
“Washington was just tougher than us today,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “We need to rebound quickly and get ourselves ready for another tough conference match on Sunday.”
In doubles competition, on court two, senior Ravid Hazi and Geoff Embry teamed up against Washington’s Derek Drabble and Martin Kildahl. The Wildcat pair fell behind early 0-2, before responding with a point of their own. After that it was all Huskies, picking up the next six points to claim the first doubles match.
In the No. 1 slot Wildcat duo Pat Metham and Borja Malo also fell behind early against Kyle McMorrow and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, but tied the Huskies 2-2 before they earned three consecutive points to make it 5-2. After that the Wildcat garnered their third point of the match but the Huskies battled back to clinch the next three points and the doubles point by defeating Malo and Metham 8-3.
In singles action, junior Jay Goldman competed in the No. 2 slot for the first time this season where he faced freshman McMorrow. Goldman fell behind 1-3, before the Worcester, Mass. native responded with a point of his own, but after that it was all McMorrow earning the next three points to seal the first set 6-2. In the second set, Goldman battled back at 1-4, earning the next two points to make it 3-4, but McMorrow earned the next two points to earn the 6-3 second set win and the second point of the day for the Huskies.
Court two saw No. 90-ranked Arango and No 65-ranked Nedunchezhiyan. Arango took the early 2-1 lead in the first set, but the two traded points back and forth before Nedunchezhiyan went up 4-3 and earned the next point to make it 5-3, Arango responded with a point, but Nedunchezhiyan sealed it 6-4 for the first set win. In the second set, Nedunchezhiyan took an early 4-0 lead before Arango retired.
Sophomore Jason Zafiros took on Kildahl in the No. 4 spot. Zafiros fell behind 1-3, but bounced back with a point to make it 2-3, before Kildahl claimed two points of his own for the 5-2 lead, and Zafiros battled back claiming two points to make it 5-4. Kildahl clinched the next point to earn the first set 6-4. In the second set, Kildahl went up 4-1 before Zafiros responded with two points for the 5-3 Huskie lead, but Kildahl earned the final point for the 6-3 second set win and clinched the match for the Huskies.
Hazi picked up the Wildcats lone point of the day on court six. The Rishon LeZion, Israel native downed Rosinski in two sets, 6-1, 6-4. In the first set, Hazi took the early 3-0 lead before Rosinksi battled for a point, after that it was all Hazi earning the next two points for the 6-1 win. In the second set, like the first, the senior went up 3-0 before Rosinski responded and then the two battled at 5-2, with Rosinski earning the next two points to make it 5-4. After that Hazi took care of business earning the next point for the 6-4 win.
Embry battled Obenaus in two tight matches on court five. After multiply ties, the pair tied it at 4-4 before Embry earned the point, but Obenaus took the final two points and squeezed out the 7-5 win. In the second set, like the first the two fought hard battling back and forth, but the Huskie junior sealed the second set 7-5.
In the final singles match of the day, Carrasco took the first set against Drabble in a close 7-5 win in the No. 3 slot. In the second, Drabble came out with the 7-5 victory and the 10-6 tiebreaker and gave the Huskies their sixth and final point of the day.
The Wildcats fall to 11-8, 0-3, while the Huskies improve to 16-3, 1-2.
The Wildcats will try and rebound for their first Pac-10 win of the season on Sunday at home against Oregon at 10:30 a.m.
No. 34 Arizona vs. 21 Washington Results
No. 34 Arizona 1, No. 21 Washington 6
1. McMorrow/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Malo/Metham (UA) 8-3*
2. Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Embry/Hazi (UA) 8-1
3. Carrasco/Arango (UA) def. No. 65 Obenaus/Rosinski 8-3
Order of Finish: 2,1,3
1. No. 65 Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. No. 90 Andres Arango (UA) 6-4, 4-0 ret.
2. Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 6-2, 6-3
5. Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Geoff Embry (UA) 7-5, 7-5
Order of Finish: 2,1,4,6,5,3