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Wildcats Finish Fourth in Blue Gray Classic

Feb 26, 2022

Montgomery, Ala. - It was a gritty weekend in Alabama for the men's tennis team who finished fourth in the Blue Gray Classic. No. 19 Arizona dropped a tough 4-0 loss to No. 30 Middle Tennessee in round two of Blue Gray and another 4-2 heartbreaker to Virginia Commonwealth in the final round. 

The Cats fought hard in every round of the classic, but were unsuccessful in claiming either doubles point in rounds two and three. No. 82 Herman Hoeyeraal and No. 120 Gustaf Strom defeated No. 80 Stijn Slump and Pavel Motl in the round two doubles competition. Carlos Hassey and No. 71 Colton Smith lost a 6-4 battle against the 23rd ranked doubles team No. 115 Francisco Rocha and Oskar Poulsen. 

Arizona put themselves on the scoreboard in the final round of Blue Gray with two points. Hoeyeraal secured the first singles point for Arizona with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win against Rayane Stable. And No. 120 Gustaf Strom took the second and final singles point for the Cats after defeating No. 44 Maxence Bertimon in two sets 7-5, 6-3. 

The Wildcats will reset and shift their focus on a huge home match coming up against No. 20 University of Oklahoma on Friday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. MST. 


Round 2: Arizona 0, Middle Tennessee 4 

Singles competition
1. No. 80 SLUMP, Stijn (MTSU) def. No. 102 Jonas Ziverts (ARIZ) 6-2, 6-2
2. No. 120 Gustaf Strom (ARIZ) vs. No. 115 ROCHA, Francisco (MTSU) 5-7, 1-2, unfinished 
3. EDGE, Chris (MTSU) def. No. 82 Herman Hoeyeraal (ARIZ) 6-2, 6-3
4. HOLIS, Stepan (MTSU) def. No. 71 Colton Smith (ARIZ) 6-0, 6-3
5. Carlos Hassey (ARIZ) vs. POULSEN, Oskar (MTSU) 4-6, 2-2, unfinished 
6. Filip Malbasic (ARIZ) vs. MOTL, Pavel (MTSU) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. No. 23 ROCHA, Francisco/POULSEN, Oskar (MTSU) def. Carlos Hassey/Colton Smith (ARIZ) 6-4 
2. Herman Hoeyeraal/Gustaf Strom (ARIZ) def. SLUMP, Stijn/MOTL, Pavel (MTSU) 6-3
3. HOLIS, Stepan/EDGE, Chris (MTSU) def. Nick Lagaev/Filip Malbasic (ARIZ) 6-2

Round 3: Arizona 2, VCU 4

Singles competition 
1. No. 44 Charles Bertimon (VCU) def. No. 120 Jonas Ziverts (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-4
2. No. 120 Gustaf Strom (ARIZ) def. No. 44 Maxence Bertimon (VCU) 7-5, 6-4 
3. No. 82 Herman Hoeyeraal (ARIZ) def. Rayane Stable (VCU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Iñigo Torre Martin (VCU) def. No. 71 Colton Smith 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 (ARIZ)
5. Matisse Bobichon (VCU) def. Carlos Hassey (ARIZ) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 
6. Filip Malbasic (ARIZ) vs. Joaquim Almeida (VCU) 7-6, 7-5, 3-0 unfinished 

Doubles competition 
1. Jonas Ziverts/Filip Malbasic (ARIZ) vs. Joaquim Almeida/Matisse Bobichon (VCU)  6-6 unfinished 
2. Charles Bertimon/Maxence Bertimon (VCU) def. Carlos Hassey/Colton Smith (ARIZ) 6-4
3. Rayane Stable/Iñigo Torre Martin (VCU) def. Gustaf Strom/Herman Hoeyeraal (ARIZ) 6-2