No. 35 Arizona Falls to Nebraska 6-1
March 7, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz.—After a couple rain delays and windy wet conditions, the Nebraska University Cornhuskers upset the No. 35 University of Arizona men’s tennis team 6-1 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center today. The Huskers handed the Wildcats their first home loss of the season and their second in two years.
“Nebraska like every team we play this year came to play,” said assistant coach Tom Lloyd. “They showed up just a little bit more than us. The score, 6-1, doesn’t show how close the match was like the scores do. It was just a couple points here and there.”
Nebraska took the early lead, sealing the doubles point with wins coming on courts one and three. On court one, Arizona’s Pat Metham and Borja Malo fell to the No. 54 ranked Huskers duo of Calin Paar and David Bendheim 8-5. Metham and Malo took the early 2-0 lead but Paar and Bendheim took the next four points to go up 4-2. The Wildcat pair answered with another point and the two teams battled until Nebraska went up 6-5 and earned the next two points to seal the win.
On court three, senior Andres Arango and sophomore Jason Zafiros teamed up for the second time this season for the Wildcats and took on Nebraska’s Benedikt Lindheim and Francois Van Impe. The Wildcats fell behind 3-5 and after trading points, Lindheim and Van Impe scored the next two points for the 8-4 victory and secured the doubles point for Nebraska.
In the third doubles match, Arizona’s No. 51 ranked duo of Ravid Hazi and Geoff Embry topped Nebraska’s Andre Stenger and Christopher Aumueller on court two, 8-6.
In singles action, Hazi tied the score 1-1 after he topped Stenger 6-1, 6-2 on court five. But Nebraska took the advantage and never fell behind after the Wildcats dropped their next five singles matches.
On court six, Metham fell to Lindheim 6-3, 6-2, and on court four Embry was defeated by Van Impe 6-2, 6-1. The Wildcats were down 3-1, and ahead on courts one and two, with a tie on court three when rain fell on the courts, causing about a 40 minute rain delay.
Before the delay, Carrasco fell to Bendheim in the first set 6-2, but fired back sweeping in the second 6-0. But after the rain delay, Bendheim defeated Carrasco 6-2 to clinch the win for Nebraska 6-1.
Zafiros took it to No. 82 ranked Paar in the first set, 6-3, but fell in the second 6-1 after the rain delay, and fell behind 0-4 in the third set before gaining some momentum but was defeated 6-2.
Arizona’s Arango fought a tough match against No. 113 Aumueller and clinched the first set 6-2. Aumueller bounced back and won the next set 7-6. The third match came down to a close tiebreaker, but the senior fell 1-0 (10-3).
Zafiros, Carrasco, and Arango dropped their first home matches of the season.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 7-4 on the season. The Huskers improve to 8-3 after a sweep this weekend in the desert against Arizona and Santa Clara.
Arizona heads on the road for their next five matches beginning March 13 in San Diego. The Wildcats take on San Diego on Saturday, March 13 followed by San Diego State on March 15. The Wildcats will then travel to Montgomery, Ala. for the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic.
“We have a long road trip a head of us, possibly six matches in seven days,” Lloyd said. “We have to move forward and there’s no time to worry about the past. We have to put this one behind us and move one foot forward.”
No. 35 Arizona vs. Nebraska Results
Nebraska 6, No. 35 Arizona 1
1. No. 54 Paar/Bendheim (NU def. Malo/Metham (UA) 8-5
2. Embry/Hazi (UA) def. Stenger/Aumueller (NU) 8-6
3. Lindheim/Van Impe (NU) def. Arango/Zafiros (UA) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
1. No. 113 Christopher Aumueller def. (NU) Andres Arango (UA) 2-6, 7-6 (6), (10-3)
2. No. 82 Calin Paar (NU) def. Jason Zafiros (UA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. David Bendheim (NU) def. Andres Carrasco (UA) 6-2, 0-6, 6-2*
4. Francois Van Impe (NU) def. Geoff Embry (UA) 6-2, 6-1
5. Ravid Hazi (UA) def. Andre Stenger (NU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Benedikt Lindheim (NU) def. Pat Metham (UA) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5,6,4,3,2,1