Men's Tennis Falls to Arizona, 6-1
March 25, 2006
Tucson, Ariz. - The Arizona State Men's Tennis Team (6-9) fell to their in-state rivals, the Wildcats of Arizona (9-5) in a 6-1 decision Saturday afternoon at the Tucson Tennis Center.
The Sun Devils came out strong in doubles with Jonathan Kinsella and Ryan Waits taking the first match from the 'Cats with an 8-5 win over Arizona's Jeff Groslimond and Claudio Christen. Their teammates were unable to fare as well though as Devil duos of Nick Hegarty and Ryan McBride fell in an 8-4 match and Mike Beatty and T.J. Bellama were just barely outplayed by Bruno Alcala and Peter Zimmer in a tough 9-8(7-1) loss, giving the 'Cats the 1-0 lead going into singles.
In singles, the Sun Devils were unable to keep up with the Wildcats as UA took five of the six singles duals on the day, though both Jonathan Kinsella and Christopher Biro both played well hanging in to push their UA opponents to three sets apiece, but were ultimately unable to top the 'Cats.
The only bright spot for ASU came from freshman, Wes Miller who downed Arizona's Peter Zimmer 6-3, 6-2, giving ASU their only point of the match, as the Sun Devils now fall to 6-9 on the season.
ASU will return to action in Pac-10 play next weekend as they host #9 UCLA and USC on Friday, March 31 and Saturday April 1.
Friday's match versus UCLA is set to kick-off at 1:30 p.m. with Saturday's dual against USC to start at 1 p.m. with both being played at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center.
Results for Arizona State vs. Arizona
1.) Kinsella/Waits (ASU) def Groslimond/Christen (UA) - 8-5
2.) Matalonga/VanderMerwe (UA) def Hegarty/McBride (ASU) - 8-4
3.) Alcala/Zimmer (UA) def Beatty/Bellama (ASU) - 9-8 (7-1)
1.) #58 Roger Matalonga (UA) def #85 Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) - 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
2.) Jeff Groslimond (UA) def Christopher Biro (ASU) - 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
3.) Claudio Christen (UA) def Ryan McBride (ASU) - 6-1, 6-3
4.) Bruno Alcala (UA) def Nick Hegarty (ASU) - 7-5, 6-1*
5.) Jason Labrosse (UA) def T.J. Bellama (ASU) - 6-0, 6-2
6.) Wes Miller (ASU) def Peter Zimmer (UA) - 6-3, 6-2
* Denotes Clinching Match
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 6, 4, 1 2