Lobos Edge Arizona in Tight Match 4-3

Feb. 16, 2013


TUCSON, ARIZ. - The #63 Lobos for the first time this season clinch a close away match as they defeated the University of Arizona Wildcats 4-3. The Lobos are now 5-5 overall and are 1-2 away.

The Wildcats took the early lead, claiming the doubles point with wins on courts two and three.

Finishing first was the duo of Riaan Du Toit and James Hignett as they faced the team of Giacomo Miccini and Mario Urquidi on court two. The freshman/sophomore duo won the first game against the junior team. The Wildcats came back to win the next three and claim the lead. Du Toit and Hignett answered by clinching the next three to bring the match to 4-3. The duo claimed one last win to bring the match to 5-4 before Miccini and Urquidi clinched four straight to win the match, 8-5.

On court one, the team of Conor Berg and Andrew Van Der Vyver took a doubles win against the partnership of Fredrik Ask and Naoki Takeda. The Lobos fell behind at the start, but quickly found a groove to come back and win the match 8-5.

With one win for both the Wildcats and the Lobos, the doubles point came down to the third court featuring Jadon Phillips and Simon Hegelund against the duo of Kieren Thompsonand Sumeet Shinde. Phillips and Hegelund claimed the first game and a few more after that before the Wildcats broke away from them to take the 7-5 lead. Arizona got the best of them in the end winning the match 8-6.

Even though Arizona claimed the doubles point, the Lobos were still not out of it. The momentum was not there for the Lobos but it would slowly build in their favor as the match progressed into singles.

On court two, Berg was the first off the court as he defeated Miccini only dropping two games total to win the match 6-0, 6-2.

At number three singles, Phillips took on Andre Vidaller to win the first set 6-1. Phillips only dropped two games in the second to finish second with a score of 6-1, 6-2.

On court six, Hegelund faced off against Shinde falling with a close first set score of 7-5. Shinde kept the momentum on his side to win the match 7-5, 6-2.

At number five singles, Du Toit competed against another fellow freshman Takeda. Du Toit fought a tough battle in the first set falling 7-5. After that first set loss, Du Toit stepped up his style of play to win the next set 6-4. He did not falter in the third as he claimed the singles win with a final score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

At the number four position, Mitch McDaniels took on Thompson. Thompson had a strong first set as he won 6-2. In the second set, McDaniels answered back by claiming a set of his own winning the second 6-1.  Thompson came out on top in the third set as he won the match with a final score of 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.

At this point, the match was all tied up at 3-3. The winner at number one singles would decide which team would walk away with a dual match victory.

Samir Iftikhar faced off against Ask. Ask took a big 4-0 lead before Iftikhar won six straight games to win the set, 6-4. In the second set, Iftikhar started off strong winning 2-0 before Ask secured a win. Ask kept up his game after that win to force a third set as he won the second 7-5. The two were neck and neck throughout the second, neither wanted to admit defeat. Iftikhar was able to come out on top in the end as he won with a final score of 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

The Lobos are now 5-5 and are now 1-2 away. The Lobos will have a quick turnaround as they get ready for a match at home as they take on Northwestern at 11:00 a.m. on February 24, 2013.

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