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No. 14 Wildcats Drop Heartbreaker at No. 22 Pepperdine

Jan 23, 2022

Malibu, Calif. - The Wildcats battled against the Pepperdine Wave until the very last second, but ultimately fell short 2-5 on Sunday, Jan. 23 at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. 

The match lasted for three hours and six minutes with Pepperdine securing the doubles point. First off the court was Filip Malbasic and Jett Middleton who lost 4-6 against Pietro Fellin and Andrew Rogers. 

Carlos Hassey and Colton Smith were next to come off the court and also lost 4-6 against Corrado Summaria and Tim Zeitvogel. The last doubles match between Herman Hoeyeraal and Jonas Ziverts versus Daniel De Jonge and Eero Vasa was left unfinished at 5-5. 

Singles play was where it was at as three of the matches went to full three sets. No. 53 Hoeyeraal secured the first singles point for the Cats after sweeping No. 72 Zeitvogel 6-2, 7-5. Smith, who is a freshman, snagged the second point when he bested No. 15 Rogers 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. 

Hassey was neck and neck with his opponent Vasa during the last two sets and ended the match in a tiebreaker where he lost 2-6, 7-5, 6-7 (5). Ziverts was the very last Wildcat on the courts as he faced off against No. 24 Fellin. Ziverts swept Fellin 6-1 in the first set but lost 6-4, 7-5 in the last two. 

The Wildcats are headed back to Tucson, Ariz. to prepare for their next matches in Prairie View and College Station, Texas.