Arizona Men's Tennis Travels to the Napa Valley Fall Classic

Sept. 17, 2002

This Week: The University of Arizona men's tennis team travels to Napa Valley, Calif., for the inaugural Napa Valley Fall Classic on Sept. 20-22.

About the Tournament: The men's tennis program will travel six players to the tournament, including the No. 62-ranked player, junior Whi Kim. Accompanying Kim to Napa Valley is senior Tom Lloyd, junior Carl Hagman, sophomore Colin O'Grady, freshman Daniel Andrus and sophomore transfer Paul Warkentin. The tournament will start on Friday, Sept. 20, and the final rounds are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22. The Wildcats will be tested early with a strong field at this year's tournament. Joining Arizona in the tournament are Georgia, Illinois and tournament host California. All four teams were ranked in the final ITA standings from the 2001-02 season. NCAA runner-up Georgia, Illinois and California posted top-15 rankings.

Getting Started: For the Wildcats, this will be the first of five fall tournaments. Paul Warkentin and Daniel Andrus are set to make their debut for the Wildcats. Warkentin, a sophomore transfer from Ohio State, is a versatile player who had 26 wins last season for the Buckeyes. Warkentin played on a nationally-ranked doubles team and had huge wins over the No. 4- and No. 6-ranked teams in the nation. Assistant coach Bob Helmig says, 'His size and athletic ability will be a good fit into Pac-10 tennis.' Daniel Andrus, a freshman from Fallbrook, Calif., had a good summer and is poised to make his first college appearance.

Cats in the Polls: In the preseason polls, Whi Kim is the lone Wildcat in the national rankings. Kim, who finished 18-16 overall last season, moved up 42 places from his final ranking of No. 104.

Up Next: The Wildcats will travel to the ITA All-American, in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Nov. 4-13. Prequalifing rounds begin on Monday, Nov. 4. Four Wildcats are scheduled to make the trip.

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