No. 62 Arizona Men's Tennis Competes in 2002 Pac-10 Championships
April 24, 2002
This Week: The No. 62 University of Arizona men's tennis team (9-12) travels to Ojai, Calif., April 25-28, for the 2002 Pac-10 Championships.
About the Championships: The 2002 Pac-10 Championships will be played from Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28, in Ojai, Calif., a small community located 90 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. The Pac-10 Championships will be a featured event at this year's 102nd Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, which attracts 1600 of the best college, junior and open players from the Western states. Admission is $8 on Thursday and Friday, and $12 on Saturday and Sunday, with discounts offered for seniors and students.
Fall Play:WTT National Collegiate Championships:The Wildcats finished in seventh place at the championships, Sept. 28-30. Senior Steven Capriati finished the tournament at 3-2 in singles play, and the pair of Capriati and sophomore Carl Hagman went 1-4 in doubles action.
ITA All-American Championships:Sophomore Whi Kim and junior Tom Lloyd played their second round doubles match of the pre-qualifying tournament Oct 6, after a first-round bye, beating Jason Pressel and Chris Varga of Ball State, 8-3. In third round action, Kim and Lloyd topped UC Irvine's Jonathan Endrikat and Carl Lumsden, 8-5, to advance to the qualifying round of the pre-qualifying tournament on Oct. 7. In the qualifying round, Kim and Lloyd played a close match that ended in a tiebreaker, but eventually fell to Luiz Carvalho and Jerome Le Belicard of Mississippi State, 9-8 (5). On the singles side, Kim's record is 2-1, and Lloyd's is 0-1 at the ITA All-American Championships. Capriati played the first round of singles in the qualifying tournament, but fell to Auburn's Andrew Colombo, 6-4, 6-4.
USD All-Collegiate Tournament:The Wildcats took the court in San Diego, Calif., Oct. 12-14, for the USD All-Collegiate Tournament. In singles action, Kim and O'Grady advanced to the championship round. In third round action, Kim defeated Jason Pongsrikul of San Diego, 6-3, 6-2, to advance, while O'Grady topped Davey Jones of Cal Poly, 6-5, 6-2. In the flight 1 semifinal, Kim fell to Ricardo Rizo of San Diego in a three-set match, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. O'Grady, playing in the flight 2 semifinal against Oregon's Chris King, lost, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. On the doubles side, the team of Kim and Hagman fell in the second round, after receiving a first-round bye, to the team of Wilson and Hoffman of UC San Diego, 9-8.
ASU Thunderbird Collegiate Invitational:On the first day of competition, Oct. 19, the doubles team of Capriati and Hagman defeated Utahs Corrie Scheepers and Nicholas Yip 8-5. Capriati and Kim advanced to the second round of the singles Gold Draw bracket. Eventually Capriati advanced to the final rounds of the Invitational by defeating Kim. Capriati went on to beat Olivier Chorroin of Arizona State to win the ASU Thunderbird Collegiate Invitational.
ITA/Southern California Fall Regional Championships:The doubles team of Kim and Lloyd made it to the semifinals, but lost to the No. 2-seeded team of Sebastien Graeff and Stefan Suter of Pepperdine, 8-5. Capriati and Hagmand advanced to third round action in singles play before falling to Marcin Matkowski, 6-4, 6-4 and No. 2 Jean-Julian Rojer, 6-2, 6-4, both of UCLA, respectively.
Cats in the Polls: In the most recent ITA rankings Arizona is ranked No. 62. Capriati is currently ranked No. 35 while Kim is no longer ranked, but he made his debut in the rankings, on March 20, at No. 118. To start the 2001-02 season, two Wildcats earned individual preseason rankings. Capriati earned a preseason ranking of 67 from the ITA, while Hagman was 97. The doubles team of Capriati and Hagman garnered a preseason ranking of 16 from the ITA.
Last Match: The No. 62 Wildcats blanked the Cal Poly Mustangs, Thursday, April 18, 7-0, and fell to the No. 33 Arizona State Sun Devils, 3-4, Saturday, April 20.
Next Match: The Wildcats may participate in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, May 11-27.