Embry Wins Rebel Classic

Nov. 1, 2009

Las Vegas – The Arizona men’s tennis team had a strong performance at the UNLV Rebel Fall Classic this weekend.  Junior Geoff Embry had an outstanding three day performance.  Embry won the second flight of singles on Sunday and all four Wildcats who participated advanced to the second round of competition on Friday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.


On Friday, senior Ravid Hazi defeated Xavier Smith of the University of the Pacific by default in the first flight of the first round of singles competition. In Hazi’s second match of the day, he fell to eventual champion Andre Dome of Cal Poly in the second round.  Hazi fell in two sets, 6-3, 6-3.


Andres Carrasco had a successful first day at the tournament. The junior from Barcelona who also competed in the first flight of singles downed Fernando Ristow of the University of the Pacific in the first round.  Carrasco won in two straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.  He carried his momentum into round two and topped Drew Jacobs of Cal Poly, 7-6, 6-0.  On day two, Carrasco fell to Mehdi Bouras of UNLV in the semifinals in three close sets, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.


Pat Metham struggled in his first set of the tournament against Matt Walters of the University of Arkansas in the second flight of singles. The senior from Wellington, New Zealand fell 2-6 in the first set, but fought back to top Walters 6-4 in set two to force a tiebreaker.  In the third set, Metham never fell behind and won 6-0.  In round two, Metham defeated Denny Fafek of the University of Fresno Pacific in two straight sets 6-3, 6-2.  In the semifinal round though, Metham was defeated by Brian McPhee of Cal Poly 6-4, 6-4, who advanced to play Arizona’s Geoff Embry in the final.  


Junior Geoff Embry began his incredible run on Friday with a bye in the first round of the second flight of singles.  In the second round, the Phoenix native swept Vegerd Veskimagi of the University of the Pacific in two sets, 6-2, 6-4.   In the semifinals, Embry took care of business and ousted Sebastian Bell of Cal Poly in two sets, 6-3, 6-2.  On Sunday in the final day of competition, Embry defeated McPhee of Cal Poly 6-3, 6-2 to win the second flight of singles championship.  


In doubles competition, Embry and Metham won their first round match on Friday by defeating Maxine Adam and James Harris of the University of Fresno Pacific by default.  On Saturday, the duo fell in the quarterfinals to Vergerd Vaskiemagi and Fernando Ristow of the University of the Pacific in a close 8-4 match.  


The Wildcats other duo, Carrasco and Hazi had a first round bye.  On day two of competition, Carrasco and Hazi knocked off Attila Toth and Matthew Kunkel of UNLV 8-5.  In the semifinals, the team fell to eventual champions Andre Dome and Jordan Bridge of UNLV in a hard fought 9-7 loss.  


The Arizona men's tennis team will begin their season at home against Montana State on Sunday, Jan. 24.   

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