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Cats Win Round One

May 6, 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -  No. 16 Arizona defeated No. 39 Princeton 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Arizona dropped the doubles point, but came back to victorious in singles play.

Filip Malbasic and Colton Smith finished first, 2-6 against Thomas Bosancic and Filippos Astreinidis. No. 50 doubles pair Jonas Ziverts and Herman Hoeyeraal defeated the No. 32 doubles pair Justin Barki and Ryan Seggerman 6-4. 

It was a back and forth battle between Carlos Hassey and Gustaf Strom against Karl Poling and Damian Rodriguez that ended in a 7-5 victory for the Tigers. 
 

The Wildcats won four singles matches to advance to round two of the tournament. Nick Lagaev took the first singles point in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 against Bill Duo to tie the overall score. No. 52 Ziverts put the Cats ahead with his straight set victory and a tiebreaker sweep against No. 55 Seggerman 6-3, 7-6(7-0). 

No. 116 Hoeyeraal went to three sets against Rodriguez and defeated him 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. And clinching the win for the Wildcats was Hassey who broke into a third set against Will Peters before winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. 

Arizona will play the winner of the match between No. 15 North Carolina and Navy tomorrow on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. (MST) in the second round of the NCAA tournament. 
Results 

#15 Arizona 4, #39 Princeton 2

Singles competition
1. #52 Jonas Ziverts (ARIZ) def. #55 Ryan Seggerman (PRIN) 6-3, 7-6 (7-0)
2. #53 Gustaf Strom (ARIZ) vs. Justin Barki (PRIN) 3-6, 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
3. Karl Poling (PRIN) def. Colton Smith (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-4
4. #116 Herman Hoeyeraal (ARIZ) def. Damian Rodriguez (PRIN) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Carlos Hassey (ARIZ) def. Will Peters (PRIN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Nick Lagaev (ARIZ) def. Bill Duo (PRIN) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 4, 5

Doubles competition
1. #50 Jonas Ziverts/Herman Hoeyeraal (ARIZ) def. #32 Ryan Seggerman/Justin Barki (PRIN) 6-4
2. Karl Poling/Damian Rodriguez (PRIN) def. Carlos Hassey/Gustaf Strom (ARIZ) 7-5
3. Thomas Bosancic/Filippos Astreinidis (PRIN) def. Colton Smith/Filip Malbasic (ARIZ) 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2