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Men’s tennis can’t compete in Minnesota, Women top SDSU

The Arizona men’s tennis team continued its slump as it lost its third straight match this weekend while playing indoors in Minnesota. The Wildcats fell to both the DePaul Blue Demons and the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 6-1 and 7-0, respectively.

“The guys competed well, but we need to learn to adapt a little better to different conditions as well as different opponents,” said men’s head coach Tad Berkowitz.

After losing all six doubles matches of the weekend, the Wildcats were forced to try to pull off singles play wins to have a chance. Out of 12 singles matches, sophomore Kieren Thompson was the only Wildcat to pull off a win against DePaul’s Josh Dancu. Thompson took the first set, 6-3, but fell in the second, 3-6. In a grueling super tiebreaker, Thompson came away with the victory after a score of 11-9.

The men fell to 3-3 for the season.

Meanwhile, at home, senior Natasha Marks led the Arizona women’s team to a victory over San Diego State.

The Wildcats clinched the doubles play point after senior Sarah Landsman and freshman Hailey Johnson took down the Golden Gophers with a score of 8-4.

“It was nice going into singles one point ahead this weekend,” women’s head coach Vicky Maes said. “Overall, it was an excellent learning day for us. We came away with the win, but what I was most pleased about was the opportunity to reiterate the importance of each individual’s current role on the team.”

By the fourth singles match, Arizona led the Gophers 3-1. Marks clinched the match point for the Wildcats after defeating San Diego State’s Emma Cioffi in a two set match with scores of 6-4 and 6-1.

The women’s team improved to 3-2 for the season.

— Iman Hamdan

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