Texas Tech Snaps 'Cats Win Streak

Feb. 26, 2010

Lubbock, Texas – The University of Arizona men’s tennis team won a tough doubles point to begin the match, but fell to the No. 32 Texas Tech Red Raiders tough single’s play. The Wildcats were defeated in four out of the six singles matches and fell to the Red Raiders 4-3 at the McLeod Tennis Center.  Texas Tech snapped Arizona’s five game winning streak.


“Texas Tech played very well today,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz.  “It was a tough match and we will move on and get ready for Denver tomorrow.”


The doubles competition came down to the wire in all three matches with each team fighting hard back and forth.  On court one, the Wildcat’s duo of Borja Malo and Pat Metham were down 3-7 in their set against Tech’s Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia, but fought back and earned six consecutive points to win 9-7.  


On court two, junior Andres Carrasco and senior Andres Arango took the early lead 3-1 but Texas Tech’s Vitor Manzini and Raphael Pfister battled back and eventually defeated Carrasco and Arango 9-7 to tie the score 1-1.


The doubles point, came down to court two where Arizona senior Ravid Hazi and junior Geoff Embry took No. 16 ranked Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile to a tiebreaker.  Hazi and Embry topped the duo 9-8 (7-5) to win the doubles point for the Wildcats.


The Wildcats fell behind in singles competition early to go down 1-2.  Sophomore Jason Zafiros dropped his second match of the season to No. 41 ranked Escobar 6-2, 6-1 and junior Jay Goldman fell to No. 63 Carvalho 7-5, 6-1.  Embry was victorious in his match against Manzini to tie the Red Raiders and Wildcats up 2-2.  The junior from Phoenix won 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). The next three singles matches went into three tough sets.  On court four Carrasco battled Stabile, but fell 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.  The Red Raiders clinched the match on court three where Arango loss his first match of the season.  The senior from Ecuador bounced back from a 0-6 first set to win set two 6-4, but Garcia topped him in the third set 6-1 to clinch the match and the victory for Texas Tech.  Metham gave the Wildcats their third point by downing Pfister in a close 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) match.  


The Wildcats drop to 6-2 while Texas Tech improves to 8-1.


No. 24 Arizona faces No.49 Denver tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. MST at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas


No. 32 Texas Tech vs. No. 25 Arizona Results


Texas Tech 4, Arizona 3




1. #63 Raony Carvalho (TTU) def. Jay Goldman (ARIZ) 7-5, 6-1

2. #41 Gonzalo Escobar (TTU) def. Jason Zafiros (ARIZ) 6-2, 6-1

3. Rafael Garcia (TTU) def. Andres Arango (ARIZ) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1

4. Andre Stabile (TTU) def. Andres Carrasco (ARIZ) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

5. Geoff Embry (ARIZ) def. Vitor Manzini (TTU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

6. Pat Metham (ARIZ) def. Raphael Pfister (TTU) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)

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



1. Borja Malo/Pat Metham (ARIZ) def. Raony Carvalho/Rafael Garcia (TTU) 9-7

2. Ravid Hazi/Geoff Embry (ARIZ) def. #16 Gonzalo Escobar/Andre Stabile (TTU) 9-8 (7-5)

3. Vitor Manzini/Raphael Pfister (TTU) def. Andres Carrasco/Andres Arango (ARIZ) 9-7

Match Notes:

Arizona 6-2; National ranking #25

Texas Tech 8-1; National ranking #32

Order of finish: 1,3,2



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