Wildcats Hand BYU First Loss

Feb. 19, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. — The No. 24 ranked University of Arizona men’s tennis team continued their dominance at home and improved to 5-1 by defeating the No. 49 Brigham Young University Cougars 5-2 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.


“We knew they were a good team and our guys knew it,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz.  “They have had some good wins already this year and they have climbed up to the top 50. We knew it was going to be a tough match and that we were going to have a battle on our hands.”


The Wildcats handed BYU their first loss of the year dropping them to 8-1. 


Arizona began Friday afternoon by winning the doubles point.  On court two, the duo of Geoff Embry and Ravid Hazi took down BYU’s Spencer Smith and Evan Urbina 8-2 to give Arizona the advantage.  After that, Wildcat pair Borja Malo and Pat Metham secured the doubles point in the No. 1 position for the ‘Cats by topping Cassidy Mears and Thomas Shubert 8-3.  On court three, BYU’s Georgy Batrakov Daniel Hwang battled Andres Carrasco and Andres Arango eventually defeating them 8-4.


“I thought we came out stronger in doubles with a little more authority and a little more presence which was huge for us and it gave us a lot of confidence,” Berkowitz said.  “BYU lost the doubles point then came out and turned the momentum right around, but we were able to counter it.”


In singles action, Embry fell to Smith 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 5 spot, while Metham won a tough matchup against BYU Michael Eraso, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to help the Wildcats go up 2-1.


In the No. 1 spot, junior Jay Goldman returned to action for the Wildcats for the first time this spring season after injuring his left wrist.  Goldman fell to No. 98 Thomas Shubert 6-4, 7-5 in first return to the courts since October 9th at the D’Novo ITA All-American Championship.


On court two, Arango fell behind in the first set 1-3 against Urbina before taking the lead 4-3.  The senior from Ecuador never fell behind after that and won his first set 6-4.  Arango also fell behind in an emotional second set but bounced back and picked up the 7-6 victory to help the Wildcats go up 3-2.


In the No. 4 position, Carrasco clinched his third match for the Wildcats.  The junior from Spain defeated Batrakov who was the Mountain West Player of the Week in two sets, 7-6, 6-2 to give Arizona their fourth point and the win.


Sophomore Jason Zafiros gave the Wildcats extra cushion by topping Mears in a close matchup that came down to a super tie breaker, 7-5, 5-7, (10-7).


“I have 100 percent confidence in these guys,” Berkowitz said.  “I believe in them big time.  They get the job done.”


The team will next be in action against Southern Alabama Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.


No. 24 Arizona vs. No. 49 BYU Results


Arizona 5, BYU 2



1. Malo/Metham (UA) def. Mears/Shubert (BYU) 8-3

2. Embry/Hazi (UA) def. Smith/Urbina (BYU) 8-2

3. Batrakov/Hwang (BYU) def. Carrasco/Arango (UA) 8-4

Order of Finish: 2,1,3



1. No. 98 Thomas Shubert (BYU) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 6-4, 7-5

2. Andres Arango (UA) def. Evan Urbina (BYU) 6-4, 7-6

3. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Cassidy Mears (BYU) 7-5, 5-7, (10-7)

4. Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Georgy Batrakov (BYU) 7-6, 6-2*

5. Spencer Smith (BYU) def. Geoff Embry (UA) 6-3, 6-2

6. Pat Metham (UA) def. Michael Eraso (BYU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

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

* Clinched win

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