NCAA Mens Tennis

Cats Post 11th-Straight Win with 4-1 Defeat of California

Cats Post 11th-Straight Win with 4-1 Defeat of California

TUCSON – Seventh-ranked Arizona men’s tennis secured its first home Pac-12 win of the season on Friday, defeating No. 59 California 4-1 and handing the Golden Bears their first conference loss of the season.

Arizona (17-2, 3-0 Pac-12) took the doubles point with a pair of wins on courts two and three. Herman Hoeyeraal and Eric Padgham took a lead on court two and never looked back, going up 4-2 on Lucas Magnaudet and Timothy Stepanov before getting the eventual 6-3 victory.

Court one proved to be a battle as No. 12 Alex Chang and Mikey Wright took an early lead. No. 24 Colton Smith and Jay Friend came back, evening the score at 4-4 . The court knotted up again at 5-5, but Smith and Friend won the final two games to secure the 7-5 victory.

The Golden Bears (7-7, 2-1 Pac-12) got on the board with a straight-set win on court two in singles. Alex Chang defeated No. 26 Friend 6-4, 6-1 to even the team score at one apiece.

Casper Christensen notched the Cats’ first singles win of the day, posting a straight-set victory over Jonathan Irwanto 6-4, 6-2. Moments later, No. 97 Hoeyeraal closed out a 7-5, 6-3 win over Qian Sun on court four. The win was Hoeyeraal’s 13th-straight.

The remaining three singles courts all went to third sets, and it was Nick Lagaev who clinched the eventual team win for Arizona. Lagaev gutted out a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Magnaudet.

Arizona will take on No. 33 Stanford Saturday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. MST at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.


#7 Arizona 4, #59 California 1

Doubles Competition

Order of finish: 2, 1

  1. #24 Colton Smith/Jay Friend def. #12 Alex Chang/Mikey Wright, 7-5
  2. Herman Hoeyeraal/Eric Padgham def. Lucas Magnaudet/Timofey Stepanov 6-3
  3. Alexander Rozin/Gustaf Strom vs. Carl Emil Overbeck/Qian Sun, 6-5 unfinished

Singles Competition

Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 5

  1. #14 Colton Smith vs. #102 Carl Emil Overbeck 6-7(9), 6-1, 5-1, unfinished
  2. Alex Chang def. #26 Jay Friend, 6-4, 6-1
  3. #80 Gustaf Strom vs. Timofey Stepanov 6-3, 4-6, 4-1, unfinished
  4. #97 Herman Hoeyeraal def. Qian Sun 7-5, 6-3
  5. Nick Lagaev def. Lucas Magnaudet 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
  6. Casper Christensen def. Jonathan Irwanto 6-4, 6-2

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at University of Arizona Athletics…