Junior Frank Chen and freshman Carlos Bermudez teamed up in doubles play to win the only match point for the Arizona men’s tennis team in the first round of the Pac-12 Championships, as the Wildcats fell to the Washington Huskies 4-0 at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif., ending their spring season.
“Washington played well today and are a top 25 team,” head coach Tad Berkowitz said. “It’s tough to win the Pac-12 without a key player in the lineup as well.”
Arizona went in with nothing to lose, but just couldn’t pull out the victory. Chen and Bermudez held the Washington duo of Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou to three games with a score of 8-3.
“Frank and Carlos played well today with great energy,” Berkowitz said. “I’m proud of Frank as he always plays with great emotion.”
Even with that doubles win, the other two Wildcat doubles pairs fell short, costing Arizona the first match point of the day.
With the Huskies leading 1-0, it was a race to see which team could win four match points first.
Washington dominated singles play by taking out the Wildcats in three straight singles matches. Washington’s Kyle McMarrow limited sophomore Andre Vidaller to winning three games in the first set and zero games in the second.