Tucson, AZ – Taking on likely it's toughest opponent of the year, the University of Arizona, the Mesa men's tennis team was competitive, but fell to the Wildcats, 7-0, Sunday.
"We didn't come out with the energy needed in doubles to get us off on the right foot," noted head
coach Adam Cohen. "U of A held the momentum through singles. Matt Fisher put up a tough fight in singles against one of their best players. We should be able to take away a lot from the match but we play enough D1 schools to know we have to come out strong as a team."
MCC's top matches featured No. 1 singles player David Felix falling to Shoti Meparidze, 6-2, 6-3; Fisher at No. 3 singles dropping a 6-2, 6-4 match to Alejandro Reguant and Eduardo Couto in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Will Adkisson.
The T-Birds are now 2-2 on the year while the U of A has a 2-1 record. Mesa will take a break until Feb. 16 when it will host Western New Mexico at 1:00 p.m. on the MCC courts.
The T-Birds edged WNMU, 5-4, earlier in the season.
Arizona 7, Mesa Comm College 0
1. Meparidze, Shoti (ARIZ) def. Felix, David (MCC) 6-2, 6-3
2. Kneale, Will (ARIZ) def. Holthey, Linus (MCC) 6-1, 6-1
3. Reguant, Alejandro (ARIZ) def. Fisher, Matt (MCC) 6-2, 6-4
4. Botha, Trent (ARIZ) def. Loaiza, Andres (MCC) 6-4, 6-0
5. Kasahara, Shoki (ARIZ) def. Dongung, Kim (MCC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Adkisson, Will (ARIZ) def. Couto, Eduardo (MCC) 6-2, 6-3
1. Plaskett, Oliver/Botha, Trent (ARIZ) def. Holthey, Linus/Maurin, Noel (MCC) 6-1
2. Meparidze, Shoti/Kneale, Will (ARIZ) def. Felix, David/Loaiza, Andres (MCC) 6-2
3. Kasahara, Shoki/Reguant, Alejandro (ARIZ) def. Couto, Eduardo/Fisher, Matt (MCC) 6-1