UA tennis bounces back from weekend

UA women’s tennis head coach Vicky Maes was not impressed after the Arizona women’s tennis team finished its first tournament of the fall season two weeks ago.

“While I was somewhat disappointed in our results at the Fall Invitational, it was good to see where we are and what we need to focus on in the next three months,” Maes said.

The Wildcats bounced back at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships in San Diego. The team sent three athletes to the tournament: junior Shayne Austin, freshman Hanna Sohn and sophomore Lauren Marker.

Overall, Arizona posted a 5-4 record, and all three of the athletes had victories in main draw play.

In doubles play, Marker and Sohn made it all the way to the Round of 16, dropping an 8-6 affair to Pepperdine’s junior Michaela Capannolo and junior Danielle Feneridis.

No. 58-ranked and sixth-seeded Marker advanced to the Round of 16, eventually falling to UCLA senior Kaitlin Ray. Sohn and Austin finished with a win before being eliminated in the Round of 16 and Round of 32, respectively.

On the other side of play, Arizona men’s tennis was led by junior transfer Jason Jaruvang, who recorded three straight wins in consolation play after losing in the opening round at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships. Jaruvang improved to 6-2 in singles play this fall.

Senior Naoki Takeda advanced all the way to the round of 32 before dropping a match to USC junior Max de Vroome 6-4, 6-1. In doubles play of the tournament, junior Matt Dunn and Jaruvang fell short of a quarterfinal appearance, falling to UCLA sophomore Mackenzie McDonald and freshman Martin Redlicki 8-1 in the Round of 16.

Going into this tournament, Arizona men’s tennis head coach Tad Berkowitz boasted about the competition that Arizona would be playing in the tournament.

“This will be a great test for us, considering our region is the toughest in the country,” Berkowitz said in a press release. “This event gives our guys a great opportunity to compete with some of the best players in all of Division I tennis.”

Overall, both teams were able to fight through tough matches facing some of the best players in both competitions.

Up next, the men will head to the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas on Oct. 31. The women will travel to Northridge, Calif., to face a tournament hosted by California State Northridge on Friday.

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