Arizona men's and women's tennis teams struggle over weekend

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Emily Gauci | The Daily Wildcat

Arizona men's tennis player Jason Jaruvang sets up to hit a forehand during Arizona's 4-0 loss to Washington at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center on Sunday. Jaruvang and the Wildcats struggled over the weekend en route to a loss.

Arizona men’s tennis wrapped up its home court matches by competing against Oregon and Washington. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they could not get it done as they fell to Oregon on Friday, 4-1, and Washington on Sunday, 4-0.

The team played exceptionally well on Friday, despite the loss, but just weren’t able to gain a victory.

“I thought they were great; we played shorthanded, our No. 1 guy is out, our No. 2 guy is out,” Arizona men’s tennis coach Tad Berkowitz said. “All of them played two spots higher than they would normally be playing. It is a credit to them to do what they have done.”

The team’s only point on Friday was from junior Jason Jaruvang, as he won in two sets 6-2 and 7-5.

“What I really focused on was staying in the match,” Jaruvang said. “I just really tried to play my own game, just not missing. I mean, it is tough because all the other courts were losing, but all the guys were fighting. … I just focused on my match.”

Jaruvang did not have to change his game to make it match that of his opponent, but he did start to lose focus during the second set.

“When I was down, I just started more focusing on, ‘I can’t lose to this kid,’” he said. “I killed him the first set. I just needed to do what I did the first set.”

Jaruvang and his doubles partner, junior Matt Dunn, strived to get the doubles point on court two, even though their teammates could not get it done on courts one and three.

“It came down to a couple points here and there and for us just make sure that we’re going after it and going for it and just not being hesitant,” Berkowitz said.

Injured junior Naoki Takeda woke up and decided he wanted to play on Sunday, and Berkowitz trusted his judgment.

Takeda, ranked No. 56, played on court one and lost his first set 6-4 and was ahead 2-1 in the second set when the match was called unfinished.

Takeda had injured his swinging arm and said he felt sore after playing.  

“[I was] so rusty, but I was happy to be back on the court,” Takeda said.

The Arizona women’s tennis team traveled to play Washington and Oregon and could not pull out a victory. The No. 45 Wildcats lost to No. 50 Washington 6-1 and Oregon 4-3, rendering Arizona’s chances of making the Pac-12 Conference tournament very slim. The pair of senior Briar Preston and junior Shayne Austin are ranked No. 23 and got yet another win.  

The doubles play was not easy for either team as senior Laura Oldham and freshman Devin Chypyha lost 8-7.

In singles, No. 83 Preston defeated Grace Ysidora in three sets, winning 6-4, 2-6, and 10-3.

The men’s team will head to Salt Lake City to take on Utah on Saturday, while the women head to Tempe to face ASU on Friday.

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