Cats Finish No. 31 in Final Rankings

June 7, 2010

 

 

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona men’s tennis team finished No. 31 in the final ITA rankings and No. 4 in the ITA Southwest regional rankings.  The team finished with a 13-11 overall record and a 2-4 record in the competitive Pacific-Ten Conference. 

 

The Wildcats highlighted their season earning their eighth trip to the NCAA tournament and their second time since 2006.  The team fell to No. 35-ranked Minnesota in the first round 4-1.  It was only the second time in school history where the Wildcats have earned back-to-back bids in the NCAA tournament.  The last time the team clinched a bid consecutive years was in 2003 and 2004.

 

The team made Arizona tennis history this season by topping the No. 10-ranked UCLA Bruins for the first time in school history.  Then No. 35-ranked Arizona edged out the Bruins 4-3 at home on April 11 with senior Ravid Hazi clinching the match for the Wildcats.  Prior to the win, UCLA had won 75 straight matches against Arizona.  

  

The team began the 2010 season winning six of seven matches with three of those wins coming against ranked teams.  Arizona made an impressive run in the prestigious Blue/Gray Tennis Classic held in Montgomery, Ala. before competing in Pac-10 action.  The team advanced to the semi-finals and topped No. 69-ranked William & Mary and No. 39-ranked Tulsa before being edged out by No. 17 Oklahoma.

 

 The Wildcats held a 10-5 record heading into the challenging Pac-10 conference where they faced four of the six teams at home.  Throughout most of the season, six of the seven teams were consistently ranked in the ITA top 75.  Arizona’s two wins in the Pac-10 came at home against Oregon and UCLA.     

 

Junior Jay Goldman opened the pre-season ranked No. 35 in the top 100 ITA Preseason Rankings. Arizona opened the season ranked No. 24 and then improved to their best ranking at No. 23 where they remained for four consecutive rankings. 

 

The Wildcats had two singles players enter the ITA rankings during the season.

Senior Andres Arango entered the ITA singles rankings during the week of April 2 at No. 90 and remained ranked through April 11, after that he dropped to No. 119. Junior captain Andres Carrasco also made his way into the ITA singles rankings during the week of April 2 at No. 115 and remained ranked through April 11. 

 

The Wildcats also had doubles ranked in the ITA doubles rankings.  During the week of March 5, the duo of Geoff Embry and Ravid Hazi entered the doubles rankings at No. 51 and held that spot through March 15.

 

 Arizona’s duo of Borja Malo and Pat Metham entered the doubles rankings at No. 55 during the week of March 18 and held that spot through March 27.  The duo entered the rankings again at No. 90 during the week of April 18, then moved up to No. 86 during the week of April 22, and the duo was ranked No. 80 going into the NCAA tournament on May 14.

 

In the final rankings of the season released June 7, Metham and Malo ranked No. 90 in the ITA doubles rankings.

 

ITA Southwest Regional Rankings: Prior to the season on Jan. 5, Jason Zafiros was ranked No. 14 and Jay Goldman was ranked No. 16 in the Southwest Regional Singles Rankings. 

 

In the March 4 Southwest Regional rankings, Arizona was ranked No. 4 out of 10 teams. In singles, Zafiros dropped a spot to No. 15.  In doubles, the duo of Ravid Hazi and Geoff Embry was ranked No. 4 and Metham and Malo was ranked No. 10 rounding out the field.

 

In the final Southwest rankings on June 7, Arizona ranked No. 4 as a team and in singles Carrasco ranked No. 14, followed by Zafiros at No. 16 and Arango at No. 19 out of 20 singles players. In doubles, Metham and Malo improved a spot from their previous ranking to No. 9.

 

Arizona’s trio of seniors: Andres Arango, Ravid Hazi and Pat Metham were a big part of Arizona’s success this season and over the years.  After playing two seasons for the Wildcats after transferring from Arizona State, Arango “the lefty” finished his Wildcat career with an overall 26-16 singles record.  Ravid “Hot Sauce” Hazi wraps up his four year career with a 43-47 overall singles record.  Pat “the beast” Metham tops out his Wildcat career with an overall 29-22 singles record.   

 

The Wildcats faced a competitive stacked schedule this season, 18 of the 24 teams Arizona faced this season were ranked in the ITA top 75 rankings.  Six of the seven teams in the Pac-10 conference made it into the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year and 14 of the 24 opponents Arizona faced this season competed in the NCAA tournament along with the six teams from the Pac-10.   

 

Last season the team held an impressive 14-1 record at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, this season the team finished with an 8-4 record at the Robson.  On the road this season, the team was 2-4 and 3-3 at neutral sites.

 

 

Player Profiles

 

Andres Arango

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Senior

 

2009-10: Senior Andres Arango established himself as one of Arizona’s dominant players. The Guayaquil, Ecuador native finished with an overall 10-9 singles record.  Arango played at positions No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3.  In the No. 1 slot, Arango compiled a 3-5 record and a 6-3 record in the No. 2 position.   The native of Ecuador competed twice in the No. 3 position where he split 1-1.  In doubles, Arango was paired primarily with Andres Carrasco during the season.  The duo compiled an 8-7 record in the No. 3 slot and a 1-0 record in the No. 2 position with an overall 9-7 record.  The pair’s biggest upset came against then No. 65-ranked Washington duo Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski on April 2, 8-3.  Along with pairing with Carrasco in doubles, Arango also teamed with sophomore Jason Zafiros (0-2), junior Jay Goldman (2-0), and Ravid Hazi (0-1).  The senior entered the ITA singles rankings during the week of April 2nd at No. 90 and remained ranked through April 11, after that he fell to No. 119. The senior had a three-single's match winning streak that started against New Mexico State and ended against Texas Tech. The left-hander’s biggest upset of the season was at Stanford against the Cardinal's No. 35-ranked Alex Clayton on March 27 in the No. 2 position.  Arango upset Clayton in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. In the fall the senior competed in one event—the 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships.  He compiled a 2-1 record at the event. 

 

Andres Carrasco

Cabrils, Barcelona Spain

Junior

 

2009-10:  The Cabrils, Barcelona, Spain native compiled a 13-7 overall singles record and tied Jason Zafiros for most wins on the season with 13. In doubles, Carrasco was paired primarily with Andres Arango during the season and together they compiled a 9-7 record.  The junior also paired with Jay Goldman in the No. 3 position where they split 1-1. Carrasco made his way into the ITA singles rankings during the week of April 2nd at No. 115 and remained ranked through April 11. In the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic quarterfinals Carrasco clinched the match for the Wildcats against then No.39-Tulsa, 4-2 to move on to the semifinals.  He topped No.45-ranked Ashley Watling, 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 3 position. Carrasco had a four-single's match winning streak that started against New Mexico State and ended with Texas Tech.  After he dropped the fifth match, Carrasco won his next two matches against Denver and Santa Clara to win six of seven of his matches.  He defeated Rok Bonin of Minnesota 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  In the fall the junior competed in three events and compiled a 4-5 record.  He advanced to the semifinals of the Rebel Classic. 

 

Frank Chen

Houli, Taiwan

Freshman

 

2009-10: Freshman Frank Chen competed in one fall event-the Pepperdine Fall Classic in Malibu, Calif. where he finished 0-3. He made his 2010 debut in the Singles Invitational Flight at the Pacific-10 championships in Ojai, Calif., but fell to Oregon’s Duncan MacDonald-Korth 5-7, 6-0, 6-1. In the fall, Chen competed with Jason Zafiros and Andres Carrasco in doubles competition at the Pepperdine Fall Classic.

 

Geoff Embry

Phoenix, Ariz.

Junior

 

2009-10: Geoff Embry competed primarily in the No. 5 position in single’s competition where he compiled a 4-10 record and was 3-2 when playing in position No. 4.  Embry competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to Washington’s Kyle McMorrow 6-1, 6-3.  Embry finished with a 7-13 overall single’s record.  In doubles Embry was paired primarily with Ravid Hazi and together they compiled a 6-9 record in the No. 2 position.  During the week of March 5, the duo entered the doubles rankings at No. 51 and held that spot through March 15.  Along with pairing with Hazi in doubles, Embry also teamed with Pat Metham (2-1) and Jason Zafiros (2-2).  The junior competed in the Championship Doubles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships with Pat Metham. The duo defeated Oregon’s Alex Cornelissen and Marco Versadco 8-4 in the first round, but fell to USC’s Robert Farah and Steve Johnson; the tournament’s overall No. 1 doubles seed, 8-4 in the second round.  He teamed with Pat Metham in the No. 1 position in the NCAA Tournament and together defeated Minnesota’s Tobias Wernet and Julian Dehn 8-3.  In the fall, Embry held a 5-3 record while competing in three events, and won the second flight of the Singles Championships at the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

 

Jay Goldman

Worcester, Mass.

Junior

 

2009-10: Jay Goldman began the preseason ranked in the top 100 of the ITA Preseason Rankings at No. 36.  After bouncing back with a wrist injury, Goldman primarily competed in the No. 1 position where he compiled a 2-9 record and was 1-3 when playing in position No. 2 with two of those wins coming against ranked players.  Goldman competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to UCLA’s Max Tabatruong 6-3, 6-1.   The Worcester, Mass. native compiled a 3-13 singles record. In doubles, Goldman was teamed with Andres Arango (2-0), Andres Carrasco (1-1), and Borja Malo (0-1) all in the No. 3 position.  He teamed with Borja Malo in the No. 3 position in the NCAA Tournament, but the duo fell to Minnesota’s Rok Bonin and Phillip Arndt 8-5.  In the fall, Goldman competed in two events where he compiled a 2-1 singles record.

 

Ravid Hazi

Rishon LeZion, Israel

Senior

 

2009-10: Ravid Hazi competed primarily in the No. 6 position in single’s action where he compiled a 7-5 record and was 3-1 when playing in position No. 5.  Hazi had a six-single’s match winning streak, the longest of the season that started against Santa Clara and ended against then-No.16 California.  Hazi defeated UCLA’s Maxime Tabatruong 6-7 (10-8), 6-1, 6-4 to clinch the Wildcat’s first win against UCLA in school history.  The senior compiled an overall 10-7 single’s record.  He competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to Stanford’s Richard Wire 6-4, 6-4.  In doubles, competed primarily in the No. 2 position with Geoff Embry (6-9) but also has teamed with four other Wildcats: Andres Arango (0-1), Borja Malo (1-3), Pat Metham (0-1), and Jason Zafiros (0-1).  Hazi paired with Malo in the Championship Doubles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to USC’s duo of Daniel Nyuyen and JT Sundling 8-0.  He teamed with Arango in the No. 2 position at the NCAA tournament, but fell to Minnesota’s Dino Bilankov and Sebastian Gallego 8-4. During the week of March 5, Hazi and Embry entered the doubles rankings at No. 51 and held that spot through March 15.  He competed in two fall events—the Pepperdine Fall Classic and the 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships and the Rebel Classic, where he compiled a 3-3 fall singles record and he advanced to the quarterfinals at the Rebel Classic.  

 

David Humphreys

Reno, Nev.

Junior

 

2009-10: David Humphreys redshirted his junior season.

 

Alex Johnson

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Freshman

 

2009-10: Alex Johnson competed in two fall events—NMSU Fall Invitational and the Pepperdine Fall Classic. Johnson finished the fall season with a 4-4 singles record.  The freshman paired with Jay Goldman, Ravid Hazi and Andres Carrasco in doubles competition in the fall. Johnson made his 2010 debut in singles action for the Wildcats against Oregon.  He faced Aaron Clissold in the No. 6 position, but fell 6-2, 6-1.

 

Borja Malo

Santiago, Chile

Junior

 

2009-10: Borja Malo joined the Wildcats in January 2010 before the 2010 season after transferring from the University of Georgia.  Malo competed in 12 single’s matches for the Wildcats this season where he compiled a 5-5 overall record. He competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to Stanford’s Alex Clayton 6-4, 6-3.  In doubles, Malo primarily competed with Pat Metham in the No. 1 position where together they compiled an 8-9 doubles record.  He also has teamed with Ravid Hazi in the No. 1 position where they finished 1-2.  Malo teamed with Hazi at the Championship Doubles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to USC’s duo of Daniel Nyuyen and JT Sundling 8-0.  Malo teamed with Goldman in the No. 3 position in the NCAA Tournament, but the duo fell to Minnesota’s Rok Bonin and Phillip Arndt 8-5. In double he teamed with Jay Goldman (0-1), Ravid Hazi (1-3), and Pat Metham (8-9).   Together Malo and Metham entered the doubles rankings at No. 55 during the week of March 18 and held that spot through March 27.  The duo entered the rankings again at No. 90 during the week of April 18, then moved up to No. 86 during the week of April 22, and the duo was ranked No. 80 going into the NCAA tournament on May 14.

 

Pat Metham

Wellington, New Zealand

Senior

 

2009-10: Pat Metham competed in nine singles matches for the Wildcats where he held a 4-5 overall record.  He competed in the No. 5 position (0-1) and the No. 6 position (4-3).  He competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to USC’s Robert Farah, the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, 6-2, 6-1. In doubles competed primarily with Borja Malo in the No. 1 position where together they compiled an 8-9 doubles record.  He has also paired with Geoff Embry (2-1) and Ravid Hazi (0-1).  Metham teamed with Geoff Embry at the Championship Doubles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships where they defeated Oregon’s Alex Cornelissen and Marco Verdasco 8-4 in the first round, but fell to USC’s Robert Farah and Steve Johnson; the tournament’s overall No. 1 doubles seed, 8-4. He teamed with Geoff Embry in the No. 1 position in the NCAA Tournament and together defeated Minnesota’s Tobias Wernet and Julian Dehn 8-3.  Together Malo and Metham entered the doubles rankings at No. 55 during the week of March 18 and held that spot through March 27.  The duo entered the rankings again at No. 90 during the week of April 18, then moved up to No. 86 during the week of April 22.  The duo was ranked No. 80 going into the NCAA tournament on May 14. In the fall, Metham competed in three events—the Pepperdine Fall Classic, 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships and the Rebel Classic, where he compiled a 5-6 single’s record.  Metham advanced to the semifinals of the Rebel Classic. 

 

Tom Wolff

Tucson, Ariz.

Freshman

 

2009-10: Tom Wolff redshirted his freshman season.

 

 

Jason Zafiros

Bradenton, Fla.

Sophomore

 

2009-10: Jason Zafiros compiled a 13-9 overall singles record after starting the 2010 season with five of six singles wins.  Tied Andres Carrasco with most wins on the season with 13.  In single’s competed in position No. 1 (1-1), No. 2 (3-2), No. 3 (5-2) and No. 4 (4-4).  He had a five-single’s match winning streak that started against San Diego and ended against then-No. 16 ranked California.  Zafiros competed in seven doubles and was paired with Andres Arango (0-2), Geoff Embry (2-2), and Ravid Hazi (0-1).  In the fall, Zafiros competed in four events—NMSU Fall Invitational, the Pepperdine Fall Classic, D’Novo/ITA All-American and the 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships where he compiled an overall 9-6 singles record.  His most notable fall match was at the 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships in Malibu, Calif. where the sophomore advanced to the semifinals of the single’s bracket, but fell to Pepperdine’s Alex Llompart.   

 

Singles and Doubles Results (Overall team record, 13-11, 2-4 Pac-10):

 

Singles 

 

Player                         #1        #2        #3        #4        #5        #6

 

Andres Arango           3-5       6-3       1-1       -           -           -

Andres Carrasco         -           3-1       7-5       3-1       -           -                                  

Frank Chen                 -           -           -           -           -           -

Geoff Embry                -          -           -           3-2       4-10     -

Jay Goldman               2-9       1-3       -           -           -           -

Ravid Hazi                  -           -           -           -           3-1       7-5

David Humphreys       -           -           -           -           -           -

Alex Johnson              -           -           -           -           -           0-1

Borja Malo                  -           -           -           2-2       2-2       1-0

Pat Metham                 -           -           -           -           0-1       4-3

Tom Wolff                  -           -           -           -           -            -

Jason Zafiros               1-1       3-2       5-2       4-4       -           -

 

Doubles

 

Player                         #1        #2        #3                   

 

Arango/Carrasco         -           1-0       8-7 

Arango/Goldman        -           -           2-0 

Arango/Hazi                -           0-1       -

Arango/Zafiros            -           -           0-2 

Carrasco/Goldman      -           -           1-1 

Embry/Hazi                 -           6-9      

Embry/Metham           1-0       -           -

Embry/Zafiros             -           2-2       -

Goldman/Malo            -           -           0-1

Hazi/Malo                   1-2       -          

Hazi/Metham               0-1       -           -

Hazi/Zafiros                -           -           0-1

Malo/Metham              8-9       -           -          

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