May 8, 2009

Courtesy Texas A&M Athletics

2009 NCAA Men’s Tennis
First and Second Rounds
May 8-9 • George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas •

Friday, May 8, 2009 • NCAA Men’s First Round • Match #1
Arizona 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0
RECORDS: Arizona 18-5; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 14-9

No. 1 - (#61) Jay Goldman (Arizona) def. Mikhail Pavlov (TAMUCC), 6-0, 6-3.
No. 2 - Andres Arango (Arizona) def. Dmitry Novikov (TAMUCC), 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 - Andres Carrasco (Arizona) def. Laurent Montoisy (TAMUCC), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 4 - Ravid Hazi (Arizona) def. Jose Zunino (TAMUCC), DNF
No. 5 - Pat Metham (Arizona) def. Jaume Farras (TAMUCC), DNF
No. 6 - Jason Zafiros (Arizona) def. James Langford (TAMUCC), DNF
DOUBLES (Arizona wins the doubles point)
No. 1 - (#67) Novikov-Pavlov (TAMUCC) def. Arango-Hazi (Arizona), 8-4.
No. 2 - Goldman-Metham (Arizona) def. Montoisy-Zunino (TAMUCC), 8-5.
No. 3 - Carrasco-VanderMerwe (Arizona) def. Langford-Pace (TAMUCC), 9-8 (2).
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 1, 3, 2*


Arizona advances to the NCAA second round for only the second time in program history next to 2004. The Wildcats will face either 15th-seeded Texas A&M or Binghamton tomorrow at 4 p.m. (CT) at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station. Arizona head coach Tad Berkowitz (2001-02) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Steve Moore (2004-06) were both A&M assistant coaches under former head coach Tim Cass.


Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitz
“We knew that Corpus Christi was a good team. We knew it was going to be a dog fight. Honestly, I thought that we came back to win that doubles point, which was huge for us. It kind of carried us through to the start of singles. We had some confidence singles wise, but we weren’t sure how doubles was going to go. Once we stuck that point out, it just gave us a lot of confidence. Our guys loosened up and relaxed. We came out hot in the beginning of the singles matches. It was a hot day. It was key for us to get off to a big start, which we did. We won five of the first six sets and that was huge.”

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Head Coach Steve Moore
“Give a lot of credit to Arizona. They flat-out outplayed us. They played like a top 25 team. They were very well coached and fought very hard. They deserved to win today. I really salute our guys for the season they had. They showed character and heart. They were great teammates the whole year. It would have been great to win this for them, especially for our three seniors. Arizona rose up and was too good a team today for us.”