Arizona Wins Fifth Straight

Feb. 21, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz.Geoff Embry clinched the win and the No. 24 University of Arizona men’s tennis team won their fifth consecutive match and remain undefeated at home with five wins.  The Wildcats downed the South Alabama Jaguars 4-2 Sunday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center to improve to 6-1.


The loss dropped the Jaguars to 2-4.


“There’s never a dull moment with these guys,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz.  “I’m really proud of Geoff (Embry).  Different guys step up on different days and today Geoff stepped up for us big time.  He earned the win too he didn’t just wait for the guy to make mistakes he stepped up and earned it and got the job done.”


The Wildcats (6-1) started with the singles competition after the match was pushed back an hour and half due to wet court conditions from yesterday’s rainfall.


On court three, junior Andres Carrasco took care of business, topping Hanno Bartsch in two sets, 6-2, 6-2 to give the Wildcats their first point of the day.


In the No. 2 spot, sophomore Jason Zafiros went up 2-1 and scored the next two consecutive points before South Alabama’s Romain Bocaert answered with two points.  Zafiros scored the next two points to win the first set 6-3.  The Bradenton, Fla. native also won the second set 6-4 to help the Wildcats go up 2-0.


Senior Ravid Hazi battled Jaguars’ Dauw Kruger in the No. 6 position.  Hazi fell in the first set 6-4, and took the early lead in the second set, but Dauw bounced back earning the last three points to win 6-4. 


On court one, Jay Goldman returned for his second match of the season.  The junior from Worcester, Mass. lost his first set 6-3 to No. 99 Lucas Viel, but refocused in sets two and three to win the match.  Goldman defeated Viel in the second set 6-4.  In the third match he overcame a 0-3 deficit to win 6-4 and give the Wildcats a 3-1 advantage over the Jaguars.


Junior Borja Malo fell to Christian Kuehne in the No. 5 position in a tough 7-6 (3) tie-breaker in the first set and then Kuehne swept Malo 6-0 in the second set.


The match came down to court four where junior Geoff Embry and Alexandre Bernard battled back and forth.  Embry took match one, 6-4 but Bernard fought back to win set two, 6-4.  Set three, came down to a tie-breaker where the two traded points until Embry clinched the win and the victory for the Wildcats, 7-6(5).


“These guys are good competitors,” said Berkowitz.  “They just simply love to win and hate to lose and they will do whatever they can to try and get the win.  Sometimes it’s not pretty, but they get the job done.”


No. 24 Arizona vs. South Alabama Results


Arizona 4, South Alabama 2



1. Jay Goldman (UA) def. Lucas Viel (USA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

2. Jason Zafiros (UA) def. Romain Bocaert (USA) 6-3, 6-4

3. Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Hanno Bartsch (USA) 6-2, 6-2

4. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Alexandre Bernard (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5)*

5. Christian Kuehne (USA) def. Borja Malo (UA) 7-6(3), 6-0

6. Dauw Kruger (USA) def. Ravid Hazi (UA) 6-4, 6-4

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

*Clinched Win

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