Men's Tennis Splits for Two Tournaments

Oct. 1, 2002

Up coming action: The Wildcats travel to two separate tournaments this weekend. Originally scheduled was the ITA All-American Championship, where the Cats will travel three players to Chattanooga, Tenn., while another three Cats make the trip to the recently added Northern Arizona Invitational in Sedona, Ariz.

All-American:This year's tournament will be held at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the first time in the tournament's history. The ITA All-American is one of three national championship tournaments for collegiate tennis in 2002-2003. The tournament, which includes pre-qualifying and qualifying rounds, has been played since 1976. Compteting in Chattanooga will be 300 of the nation's top players. In the pre-qualifying rounds, the tournament will see 256 competitors with only eight singles and doubles advancing. During the qualifying rounds, 64 men will compete and only 16 singles and eight doubles teams will advance to the main draw. Finally in the main draw, 64 men will compete in singles with a consolation round for first round losers. Arizona will travel three men to the tournament, Whi Kim, Tom Lloyd and Paul Warkentin. Leading the Wildcats into Chattanooga will be assistant coach Bob Helmig. Kim is slated to start the tournament in the qualifying rounds due to his final record and ranking from last season. Qualifying rounds take place Oct. 8-9. Lloyd and Warkentin begin on Oct. 4 in the pre-qualifying rounds.

Northern Arizona Invitational: In addition to the national tournament, the Wildcats will travel Carl Hagman, Colin O'Grady and Tim Mullane to the Northern Arizona Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. Head coach Bill Wright will lead the Cats into Sedona. The tournament will be held at Sedona Racquet Club on Oct. 4-6. Competing against Arizona will be players from Arizona State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Utah, Colorado and host school Northern Arizona.

Adding to the roster: Recently the men's tennis team added a new member to the team. After try-outs held on Sept. 24, head coach Bill Wright added Chris Gessner of Tucson, Ariz. Gessner a 5'10' 143 lb. sophomore will fill the eighth and final spot on the roster.

Next week: The Wildcats will travel to San Diego to compete in the San Diego All-Collegiate Tournament on Oct. 18-20. Making the trip will be Daniel Andrus, Colin O'Grady and Chris Gessner, who will be making his first appearance as a Wildcat. The Wildcats will be facing teams from San Diego, San Diego State, Oregon, Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, and Pepperdine.

Fall Tournament Review

Napa Valley Classic: The Wildcats traveled six players, freshman Daniel Andrus, junior Carl Hagman, junior Whi Kim, senior Tom Lloyd, sophomore Colin O'Grady and sophomore transfer Paul Warkentin. The Wildcats played four ranked opponents. Kim matched up against, the No. 6- and 25-ranked players Amer Delic and Brian Wilson of Illinois. Kim dropped both matches, playing the No. 6-ranked Delic strong, but losing in three sets, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-1. Paul Warkentin faced the No. 88-ranked player, Chirs Martin of Illinois, beating him in three sets, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-3. Lloyd faced the No. 44-ranked player Phil Stolt, and lost in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. In total, the Wildcats finished 7-8 in singles play. O'Grady finished the weekend with a record of 2-1in singles play. In doubles play, the new combination of Andrus and Warkentin combined for the Cats' two doubles wins. The pairs of Kim and O'Grady, and Hagman and Lloyd finished the tournament 0-3.

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