Cats Fall in First Round, 4-1
May 14, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas – After waiting eight-and-a-half hours for a rain delay that passed through the Penick-Allison Tennis Center, the No. 30 University of Arizona men’s tennis team wasn’t able to weather the storm as they fell to the No. 35-ranked University of Minnesota Gophers 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The match was slated to start at 10 a.m. CT (8 a.m. Tucson Time) but after thunderstorms and wet conditions swept through the Tennis Center, the match was pushed back to 6:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. Tucson Time). The teams competed at the same time as Texas-San Antonio, the other first round match in the Austin Regional. The three doubles matches from both matches competed at the same time and shortly after the top three singles competed followed by Nos. 4, 5 and 6. Texas and Texas-San Antonio were originally slated to start at 1 p.m. CT.
Arizona playing in their eight NCAA appearance fell behind early after dropping the doubles point. The Wildcats were only able to secure one doubles win. On court one, junior Geoff Embry and senior Pat Metham edged out Tobias Wernet and Julian Dehn 8-3, but it was the Gophers coming out on top on courts two and three. On court three, Rok Bonin and Phillip Arndt defeated juniors Jay Goldman and Borja Malo 8-5 to tie the matches at 1-1. The Gophers sealed the double’s point on court two after Dino Bilankov and Sebastian Gallego topped Arizona’s duo of seniors Andres Arango and Ravid Hazi 8-4.
In singles competition, the Gophers took an early 3-0 lead after Wernet topped Arango in two straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 2 position and Goldman fell to Gallego 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 1 position.
Junior Andres Carrasco put the Wildcats on the board and picked up the Wildcats only win of the match after he topped Bonin in two sets, 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 3 position.
The Gophers sealed the win to advance to the second round after Bilankov clinched the match against Hazi in the No. 5 position. The Wildcat senior fell behind 1-4, before Bilankov sealed the 6-1 first set win. In the second set Bilankov went up 2-0 before capturing the 6-1 win.
In other singles action, sophomore Jason Zafiros took an early 5-0 lead in the first set against Arndt on court four before he answered with four straight points to make it 5-4. Zafiros sealed the first set win at 6-4 and Arndt took an early 3-0 lead to start the second set before play was suspended.
In the No. 6 position, Malo and Brendan Ruddock tied three different times throughout the match until Malo won the first set 6-4. In the second set, Ruddock took an early 1-0 lead, but Malo tied it at 1-1 before Ruddock went up 2-1 and play was suspended.
With the loss, Arizona finished its season with an overall 13-11 record and finished 2-4 in the Pac-10. Minnesota upped its record to (14-10, 6-4 Big Ten).
NCAA First Round Results
Penick-Allison Tennis Center
May 14, 2010
No. 30 Arizona vs. No. 35 Minnesota Results
No. 30 Arizona 1, No. 35 Minnesota 4
1. Embry/Metham (UA) def. Wernet/Dehn (MINN) 8-3
2. Bilankov/Gallego (MINN) def. Arango/HAZI (UA) 8-4*
3. Bonin/Arndt (MINN) def. Goldman/Malo 8-5
Order of Finish:1,3,2*
1. Sebastian Gallego (MINN) def. Jay Goldman (UA) 6-3, 7-5
2. Tobias Wernet (MINN) def. Andres Arango (UA) 6-3, 6-4
3. Andres Carrasco (UA) def. Rok Bonin (MINN) 6-4, 6-2
4. Phillip Arndt (MINN) vs. Jason Zafiros (UA) 4-6, 3-0, susp.
5. Dino Bilankov (MINN) def. Ravid Hazi (UA) 6-1, 6-1*
6. Brendan Ruddock (MINN) vs. Borja Malo (UA) 4-6, 2-1 susp.
Order of Finish: 2,1,3,5*