No 35 Arizona Swept by No. 3 USC, 7-0
April 9, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. –The No. 35-ranked Arizona men’s tennis team fell in a close doubles point and the No.3-ranked USC Trojans carried their momentum into singles competition sweeping the Wildcats in all six singles matches today at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The Cats dropped their first 7-0 sweep of the season and fall to 12-9 on the season and 1-4 in Pac-10 play while the Trojans (19-2, 5-0 Pac-10) remain the only undefeated team in the Pac-10.
“USC is a very good team, but we did have some opportunities against them,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “We will get ourselves back ready to go for the Bruins on Sunday.”
The Wildcats (12-9, 1-4 Pac-10) came out fighting hard in doubles action. On court one, senior Ravid Hazi and junior Borja Malo fell behind 0-6 to the No. 8-ranked Trojan duo of Robert Farah and Steve Johnson. The Wildcats responded with two points but the Trojans sealed it at 8-2.
The doubles point came down to courts two and three where both teams battled back and forth. On court two, sophomore Jason Zafiros and junior Geoff Embry took an early 4-2 lead against Daniel Nguyen and JT Sundling before the Trojan pair came back to tie it 4-4. The two teams tied again at 5-5 before Nguyen and Sundling went ahead 7-5. Zafiros and Embry answered with a point but the Trojans finished the match 8-6.
On court three, juniors Jay Goldman and Andres Carrasco followed up in the same fashion against Jaak Polam and Peter Lucassen. The Wildcat duo took the early 3-2 lead, but the Trojans came back to tie it multiple times before securing the 8-6 victory.
In singles action, the Trojans No. 73-ranked Poldma downed sophomore Zafiros 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 4 slot, and USC’s Jason McNaughton topped Embry 6-3, 6-2 on court five to take the early 3-0 lead.
No. 15-ranked Farah clinched the victory for USC after he edged out No. 90-ranked Andres Arango in the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 7-5. After dropping the first set Arango went up 3-2 in the second before Farah tied it at 3-3, the two battled back and forth until the two tied at 5-5. After that Farah took the next two points to seal the match.
On court two, Goldman faced his toughest competitor of the season against No. 1-ranked Johnson. The top-ranked Trojan came out taking a 2-1 lead against and went on a 3-0 run before Goldman answered to make it 5-2, but Johnson responded with a point to win the first set 6-2. Like the first set, Johnson went up 2-1, before Goldman responded at 2-3, but Johnson earned the next three points and the 6-2 second set victory.
No. 115-ranked Carrasco battled No. 83-ranked Nguyen in the No. 3 slot and won the Wildcats only first set of the day. The junior from Cabrils, Barcelona, Spain edged out Nguyen 7-5 in the first set, but Nguyen fought back topping Carrasco 6-4 in the second to force a third set tiebreaker. Nguyen squeezed by Carrasco 10-4 in the tiebreaker and earned USC their sixth point of the day.
In the No. 6 spot, Hazi fell to No. 104-ranked Lucassen 6-4, but rebounded in the second, picking up a 6-3 win, but like Carrasco, Hazi fell in a 10-4 tiebreaker.
The Wildcats will try and bounce back on Sunday when they take on the No. 10-ranked UCLA Bruins at home for their final Pac-10 match of the season. The match begins at 1:00 p.m.
No. 35 Arizona vs. No. 3 USC Results
No. 35 Arizona 0, No. 3 USC 7
1. No. 8 Farah/Johnson (USC) def. Hazi/Malo (UA) 8-2
2. Nguyen/Sundling (USC) def. Embry/Zafiros (UA) 8-6*
3. Poldma/Lucassen (USC) def. Carrasco/Goldman (UA) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
1. No. 15 Robert Farah (USC) def. No. 90 Andres Arango (UA) 6-2, 7-5*
2. No. 1 Steve Johnson (USC) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 83 Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. No. 115 Andres Carrasco (UA) 5-7, 6-4, (10-4)
4. No. 73 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Jason Zafiros (UA) 6-3, 6-3
5. Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Geoff Embry (UA) 6-3, 6-2
6. No. 104 Peter Lucassen (USC) def. Ravid Hazi (UA) 6-4, 3-6, (10-4)
Order of Finish: 4,5,1,2,3,6