No. 17 Cats Top Anteaters, 6-1

March 8, 2009

TUCSON-- The No. 17 Arizona Wildcats ran its match winning streak at nine when they defeated the No. 75 UC Irvine Anteaters, 6-1, this afternoon at the Tucson Racquet Club.

The Wildcats (11-1) took two of the three doubles matches against the Anteaters (4-7, 2-0). The No. 55 ranked duo of Francis VanderMerwe and Pat Metham took care of business by beating UC Irvine's duo of Wes Miller and Khunpol Issara 8-3 in position #1.

Arizona clinched the doubles point when Andres Arango and Andres Carrasco defeated Zac Tsai and Jon Kazarian 8-4 in position #2.

In position #3, Arizona's team of Ravid Hazi and Ola Bakke fell just short of completing a sweep of all three doubles matches. Hazi and Bakke fell to Steven Henderson and Gautam Vaidyanathan 8-6.

In singles, freshman Jason Zafiros continued his dominance. Zafiros ran his singles record to 12-0 by sweeping UC Irvine's Stephen Stege 6-4, 6-2.

Arango, playing in position #1 for the first time since the season opener against Northern Arizona, defeated Steven Henderson in straight sets winning 6-4, 6-4.

Carrasco clinched the Wildcats ninth straight victory by beating UC Irvine's Wes Miller 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in three sets. Carrasco ran his overall singles record to 9-3.

In position #6, Bakke defeated Sam Gould 7-5, 6-3 in straight sets. On the season, Bakke's is 3-0 while playing in position #6.

After losing the first set of his match, Pat 'The Beast' Metham fought back to win the last two sets. Metham defeated Khunpol Issara 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 10-7.

Arizona will be in action again for a rare Wednesday match when they take on the Tigers of Memphis on March 11, at 1:00 p.m. The match will be played at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.



1) Francois VanderMerwe/Pat Metham (UA) def. Wes Miller/Khunpol Issara (UCI) 8-3

2) Andres Arango/Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Zac Tsai/Jon Kazarian (UCI) 8-4

3) Steven Henderson/Gautam Vaidyanathan (UCI) def. Ravid Hazi/Ola Bakke (UA) 8-6

Order: 1, 2, 3


1) Andres Arango (UA) def. Steven Henderson (UCI) 6-4, 6-4

2) Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Wes Miller (UCI) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3*

3) Fabian Mathews (UCI def. Ravid Hazi (UA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

4) Pat Metham (UA) def. Khunpol Issara (UCI) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-7

5) Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Stephen Stege (UCI) 6-4, 6-2

6) Ola Bakke (UA) def. Sam Gould (UCI) 7-5, 6-3

Order: 5, 1, 2, 3, 6, 4

* Clinched victory

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