Cats Edge Aggies, 4-3
Feb. 12, 2010
TUCSON— The No. 23 ranked University of Arizona men’s tennis team squeezed by No. 73 New Mexico State in an exciting 4-3 home victory. With the win, the Wildcats picked up their third win of the season, their second at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
The Wildcats (3-1) and Aggies battled back and forth throughout the day, beginning in doubles competition. In the No. 1 position, Junior Borja Malo and senior Pat Metham teamed up to dominate the Aggies duo of Jim Brouleau and Orlando Superlano, 8-1. The Wildcat pair took an early 3-0 lead, but the Aggies (2-2) came back and picked up the next point to make it 3-1. After that it was all Malo and Metham earning the next five consecutive points to conclude the match.
The next two double matches came down to the wire. In the No. 3 position, sophomore Jason Zafiros and senior Ravid Hazi fell behind 1-0 to Aggies’ Arthur Surreaux and Matej Stakne. Arizona notched the next two points to go up 2-1. The two duos traded points and then tied it 6-6, but Surreaux and Stakne edged the pair 9-7.
The doubles match point came down to court two where junior Andres Carrasco and Andres Arango faced Eduardo Salas and Gustave Diep. The Wildcats fell behind 2-3 early, but bounced back to garner the 9-7 win to clinch the doubles point.
“That’s how the year is going to be,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said. “We expect a dog fight every single match, no matter who we play or which conference they’re from or what their ranking is, everybody is so deep. We just have to be better ready to go, for the most part I think we were, they just played well.”
In singles competition, Malo fell to Surreaux in the No. 4 position in two sets, 6-3, 6-4. Zafiros topped Diep 6-4 in the first set in the No. 2 position. Zafiros then jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Diep answered. The Bradenton, Fla. native won his second set 6-2, to help the Wildcats go up 2-1.
In the No. 5 position, Metham fell to Superlano in a close matchup, 6-1, 7-6 and in the No. 1 position, Arango downed No. 56 ranked Brouleau 6-4, 6-4 to help the Wildcats go up 3-2. The match came down to court three where Carrasco and Stakne traded points back and forth, but it was all Carrasco in the end, defeating Stakne 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the win and the match for the Wildcats.
Aggies’ Luis Fernando Ramirez took Hazi to three sets and defeated the senior 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to give the Aggies their third point.
“It was a tough match,” said Berkowitz. “These guys are a very good team. We have to be ready for every single match.”
The Wildcats face Cal Poly on Sunday at noon at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
No. 23 University of Arizona vs. No. 73 New Mexico State Results
1. Malo/Metham (UA) def. Brouleau/Superlano (NMSU) 8-1
2. Carrasco/Arango (UA) def. Salas/Diep (NMSU) 9-7
3. Surreaux/Stakne (NMSU) def. Zafiros/Hazi (UA) 9-7
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
1. Andres Arango (UA) def. No. 56 Brouleau (NMSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Gustave Diep (NMSU) 6-4. 6-2
3. Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Matej Stakne (NMSU) 6-4, 6-4*
4. Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) def. Borja Malo (UA) 6-3, 6-4
5. Orlando Superlano (NMSU) def. Pat Metham (UA) 6-1, 7-6
6. Luis Fernando Ramirez (NSMU) def. Ravid Hazi (UA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4,2,5,1,3,6