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Arizona men’s tennis falls to Tennessee in Sweet 16

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Arizona men’s tennis saw its season come to an end Monday with a 4-3 loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

UA gave the No. 3 seed Volunteers everything they could handle and at one point held a 3-2 lead with two matches remaining.

Tennessee ultimately prevailed by pulling out a pair of three-set wins on the No. 4 and No. 1 courts.

Arizona, which lost the doubles point, won all three of its singles points in straight sets.

Senior Alejandro Reguant ended his college career on a high note, upsetting No. 92 Giles Hussey 6-4, 6-1. Junior Jonas Ziverts, ranked No. 90, secured a huge win by toppling No. 10 Johannus Monday 7-5, 6-3.

Senior Carlos Hassey also went out on top, knocking off No. 115 Pat Harper 6-4, 6-4.

All in all, the loss marks a disappointing finish to an otherwise stellar season for the men’s tennis program, which had never before advanced past the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

This isn’t a one-year blip for head coach Clancy Shields, either. Arizona returns its top four seeded singles players next season, including No. 45 Gustaf Strom. The Wildcats also bring in Colton Smith, the highest-ranked American signee in program history.

Results

Singles

  1. No. 10 Adam Walton (UT) def. No. 45 Gustaf Strom (UA) 5-7, 6-1, 2-6
  2. No. 90 Jonas Ziverts (UA) def. No. 10 Johannus Monday (UT) 7-5, 6-3
  3. No. 41 Martim Prata (UT) def. Filip Malbasic (UA) 0-6, 3-6
  4. Luca Weidenmann (UT) def. Herman Hoeyeraal 3-6, 6-4, 4-6
  5. Alejandro Reguant (UA) def. No. 92 Giles Hussey (UT) 6-4, 6-1
  6. Carlos Hassey (UA) def. No. 115 Pat Harper (UT) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles

  1. Walton/Harper (UT) def. Reguant/Hassey (UA) 6-2
  2. Monday/Prata (UT) def. Ziverts/Hoeyeraal (UA) 6-4
  3. Hussey/Mark Wallner (UT) unf. Lagaev/Malbasic (UA) 5-2