Broncos Edge Cats, 4-3
April 18, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz.—The No. 28 University of Arizona Wildcats dropped their 10th match of the season, falling to the No. 48-ranked Boise State Broncos 4-3 on Senior Day. The Wildcats dropped the doubles point and fell in three singles matches in their final regular season match at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
“Boise played very well today. We started out a little slow in doubles and they took advantage. We tried to change the momentum in singles but it just wasn’t enough.”
The Broncos started the day out strong by picking up back-to-back double wins on courts one and two. The first duo to pick up the win was Boise State’s James Meredith and Jeff Mullen who topped Wildcat seniors Ravid Hazi and Pat Metham 8-3. The Broncos then secured the doubles point on court two after Vicente Joli and Flipp Pogostkin held off Geoff Embry and Jason Zafiros. Embry and Zafiros battled back after being down 7-2 to win three straight games before Joli and Pogostkin finished the match at 8-5.
In singles action, the Wildcats jumped out to a good start with Zafiros downing Bothe 6-3, 6-2 on court four to tie the Wildcats and Broncos at 1-1.
The Wildcats took the 2-1 lead after junior Andres Carrasco topped Pogostkin 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 3 slot.
On court two, Goldman fell to Joli 6-4, 6-2 and the Broncos tied it up 2-2. In the No. 5 position, Embry lost a close match to Mullen. The junior fell 6-3 in the first set and fought back in the second after trading points the two went into a tiebreaker with Mullen coming out with the second set 7-6 (4) win to get the Broncos the 4-2 edge.
In the No. 1 position, No. 119-ranked Arango played No. 42-ranked Meredith in his last home match of the year. The two traded points back and forth and after tying at 4-4 Meredith took the lead to secure the next two games to win the first set 6-4. In the second match Arango, took the early 2-0 lead before Meredith won the next three games to go up 3-2. Arango earned the next game but Meredith garnered the next three and the second set 6-3 and clinched the match for the Broncos at 4-2.
The final Wildcat point was earned in the No. 6 spot by Hazi who also played in his last home home match of the year. Hazi notched the first set 6-3 against Freddy Walsh and then the two battled in the second. The two tied multiple times and then eventually went into a tiebreaker. The Wildcat senior came through with the 7-6 (4) tiebreaker win to give Arizona their third point of the day.
Arizona drops to 13-10, 2-4 Pac-10, while Boise State improves to 18-10, 4-2 WAC.
The Wildcats will now prepare for the 2010 Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. Play begins April 22 and runs through April 25.
No. 28 Arizona vs. No. 48 Boise State Results
No. 28 Arizona 3, No. 48 Boise State 4
1. Meredith/Mullen (BSU) def. Hazi/Metham (UA) 8-3
2. Joli/Pogostkin (BSU) def. Embry/Zafiros (UA) 8-5*
3. Arango/Goldman (UA) def. Bothe/Sheldon (BSU) 7-6 (7-1)
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
1. No.42 James Meredith (BSU) def. No. 119 Andres Arango (UA) 6-4, 6-3*
2. Vicente Joli (BSU) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 6-4, 6-2
3. Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Flipp Pogostkin (BSU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Alex Bothe (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Geoff Embry (UA) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
6. Ravid Hazi (UA) def. Freddy Walsh (BSU) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Order of Finish: 4,3,2,5,1,6