Wildcats Claw Ducks, 5-2
April 4, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. –The No. 34-ranked University of Arizona men’s tennis team bounced back from Friday’s loss to Washington, to pick up their first Pac-10 win of the season. The Wildcats outlasted the No. 70-ranked Oregon Ducks (12-7, 0-4 Pac-10) 5-2 today at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
“I thought the guys did a great job rising to the challenge,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “We had to play with a lot of adversity today, but the boys hung tough and got it done.”
The Wildcats (11-8, 1-3 Pac-10) started the day off strong by sweeping in doubles competition. On court three, juniors Andres Carrasco and Jay Goldman teamed-up to top Jose’ Izquierdo and Aaron Clissold 8-2. Then on court two, Oregon-transfer Geoff Embry and Jason Zafiros followed in the same fashion. The two knotched their match against Ric Mortera and Nico Bjerke 8-6 to clinch the doubles point. On court one, Borja Malo and Ravid Hazi outlasted Oregon’s Marcos Verdasco and Alexander Cornelissen 6-6 (2).
The Wildcats carried the momentum into singles, as the Cats won four out of their six matches. In the No. 3 slot Zafiros downed Mortera 6-3, 6-2 to help the Wildcats go up 2-0. On court six, sophomore Alex Johnson made his debut as a Wildcat. The Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. native fell in two sets to Clissold 6-2, 6-1.
Hazi won his second match of the weekend and helped the Wildcats earn their third point of the day. The senior topped Duncan MacDonald-Korth 7-5, 6-3. The Ducks cut the score to one after No. 103-ranked Cornelissen edged Goldman 7-6 (5), 6-2.
The next two points came down to courts two and four where each match went into three sets. No. 115-ranked Carrasco outlasted Verdasco 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 to clinch the match for the Wildcats at 4-1. Carrasco and Verdasco battled back and forth and in the third set there were nine deuces in one game.
On court four, Embry battled Bjerke, outlasting him in the first set 7-5, the junior fell in the second set 1-6, but edged Bjerke 7-5 in the third set for the Wildcats fifth point.
With the win, Arizona upped its record to 11-8, 1-3 Pac-10 while Oregon drops to 12-7, 0-4 Pac-10.
The Cats will be in action again next weekend when they host their final two Pac-10 matches. The Wildcats will face USC on Friday, April 9 and UCLA on Sunday, April 11.
No. 34 Arizona vs. No. 70 Oregon Results
No. 34 Arizona 5, No. 70 Oregon 2
1. Malo/Hazi (UA) def. Verdasco/Cornelissen (OU) 6-6 (7-2)
2. Embry/Zafiros (UA) def. Mortera/Bjerke (OU) 8-6*
3. Carrasco/Goldman (UA) def. Izquierdo/Clissold (OU) 8-2
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
2. No. 115 Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Marcos Verdasco (OU) 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2*
3. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Ric Mortera (OU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Nico Bjerke (OU) 7-5, 1-6, 7-5
5. Ravid Hazi (UA) def. Duncan MacDonald-Korth (OU) 7-5, 6-3
6. Aaron Clissold (OU) def. Alex Johnson (UA) 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,6,5,1,2,4