By Kevin Clerici
Arizona Daily Wildcat April 1, 1996
Arizona got a crucial win over California Friday, but it came at a price.
Emotionally drained from their 4-3 upset of the 14th-ranked Golden Bears, the No. 21 Wildcats were no match for Stanford. The No. 2 Cardinal swept UA 7-0 at Robson Tennis Center Saturday.
The lone bright spot for the Wildcats against Stanford was Arizona's No. 1 Jan Anderson, who took the top-ranked player in the nation to three sets before losing 6-3, 3-6, 1-6 to Jeff Salzenstein. Anderson was the only UA player to win a set against Stanford.
"They are awfully good," UA head coach Bill Wright said about the Cardinal. "I thought that we were a little emotionally drained from Friday, but these guys are the best in the country."
No. 3-ranked Ryan Wolters of Stanford defeated Tom Haugland 6-2, 7-6 at the No. 4 singles position, and No. 21 Paul Goldstein defeated Chris Jenkins 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. All six singles players for the Cardinal are ranked in the top 50.
A loss to the Cardinal doesn't hurt the Wildcats (9-6, 1-5 in the Pacific 10 Conference) as much as the win over California improves its standing.
The top-eight ranked teams get automatic berths into the NCAA tournament, while eight more teams compete for the remaining spots at eight different regionals from around the country. Arizona stands to improve in the ITA/Rolex rankings that will be released Tuesday, helping the team to secure a better regional bid.
Against Cal, it took junior Eddie Schwartz's forehand winner past the Bear's Dave Sutton to clinch his 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win and Arizona's upset.
"In the second set, I started feeling those nerves from being out for so long (he missed five dual matches with a leg injury), and I was just trying to hold on," Schwartz said.
Down a point after the doubles matches, the Wildcats had to win four of the six singles matches to win. It marked the first time this season UA has won a match when they lost the doubles point.
In singles, all six UA players won their first sets, turning the momentum to Arizona. California responded by sweeping all second sets, and with heavy winds starting to take control of the ball, it came down to who could maintain the most accuracy.
UA's Henrik Wagner won first with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Casey Louie at the No. 2 singles position.
"It felt great to get a win at the No. 2 singles position. I felt like I was playing good tennis again," Wagner said.
Tom Haugland tied the match at 2-2 with his 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Kian Raiszadeh after Chris Jenkins was defeated at the No. 3 position.
Vuk Tapuskovic won at the No. 6 position 6-4, 6-7 (9-7), 7-5 over Chris Santoso to give Arizona a 3-2 advantage.
"It was a great day. I thought that Henrik played his best match of the year, and how about Eddie and Vuk coming up huge at five and six," Wright said.
On court one, UA's No. 1 Jan Anderson defeated 17th-ranked Michael Hill 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 6-7 (7-9).