Men's Tennis Gear-up For Final Fall Tournament
Oct. 22, 2002
Last Weekend: For the second consecutive weekend the Wildcats split the team and traveled in opposite directions. Head Coach Bill Wright traveled five men to the USD All-College Tournament in San Diego, Calif., while assistant coach Bob Helmig and two men competed in the Midland Collegiate Classic in Midland, Texas.
USD All-Collegiate Tournament: Competing against Arizona was the host school University of San Diego, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Oregon, UC Irvine, Fresno State, and UC San Diego. The five players that traveled to San Diego were freshman Daniel Andrus, sophomore Chris Gessner, junior Carl Hagman, freshman Tim Mullane, and sophomore Colin O'Grady. Andrus made into the flight two singles finals by defeating Michael Frick of UC Santa Barbara, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, but lost to Mike Wojnarowicz of Loyola Marymount, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the finals. O'Grady advanced to the flight one quarterfinals where he lost to the eventual champion Wayne Wong of California, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2. Gessner also lost in his first match as a Wildcat to LMU's Wojnarowicz, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. In doubles action, the tandem of Hagman and O'Grady earned three victories including a win over Derek Betyar and Brent Davis of UC Riverside, 8-1. The pair went on to the semifinals where they lost to Jason Menke and Juniad Hossain of Oregon, 8-6. Also competing in doubles where the freshman Mullane and Andrus. The duo combined for a pair of wins, but fell in the quarterfinals to Oregon's Menke and Hossain 8-2.
Midland Collegiate Classic: The Midland Classic in Midland Texas, showcased the 16 top players from eight elite programs. UCLA, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, California, and the defending national champions USC were in attendance. Competing for the Wildcats were junior Whi Kim and sophomore Paul Warkentin. Kim won his first match over Drew Hoskins of Texas, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. During his second match against Ruben Torres of USC, Kim lost the first set 6-4, and was leading the second, 5-3 (15-30), when the match was halted due to rain until Saturday morning. When play resumed Saturday, Kim won the set 3-6, and lost the final set 6-2. Warkentin fell in his only match to Kahalid El Dorry in the opening round, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5.
Up Coming Tournament: The Wildcats will travel the squad to the Omni Hotel Southern California Region VIII Fall Championship hosted by Pepperdine, in Mailbu, Calif., on Oct. 23-27. This tournament will be the second national tournament the Cats will participate in during the fall season. Competing will be teams from UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, and University of San Diego. The Wildcats have faced several of these teams already this season in the earlier fall tournaments.
Off to a fast start: The Wildcats continue to enjoy their early success. This past weekend saw another player step up for the Wildcats. With Freshman Daniel Andrus' 4-1 finish in San Diego, Calif., he improved his record to 6-1, which is among the top for the team this fall. Junior Carl Hagman is also leading the way with his 6-2 overall record, including the singles championship at the NAU Invitational. Finally sophomore Colin O'Grady comes in with a record of 7-3, which includesP a five-match winning streak.
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 for the Napa Valley Tournament 9/20-22. 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. Warkentin faced the No. 88-ranked player, Chris 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.
ITA All-American: This year's tournament was held at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the first time in the tournament's history on Oct. 4-13. 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. Arizona sent three men to the tournament, Whi Kim, Tom Lloyd and Paul Warkentin. During the weekend, the Wildcats finished 2-2. Senior Tom Lloyd lost his opening match to Karim Alayli in two close sets 7-5, 6-4. Warkentin won his opening match over Zach Malmgren 6-0, 6-4. In the second round, he beat David O'Conner in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, and fell to Sven Swinnen in the third round 6-4, 6-3, to finish the pre-qualifying rounds for the Wildcats. Kim finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. Kim won his first two matches to advance to main draw where he lost to the No. 42-ranked player Jonathan Chu of Harvard 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. After the loss he was scheduled to face Divan Coetzee of New Mexico, but had to withdraw due to flu-like symptoms.
Northern Arizona Invitational: In addition to the national tournament, the Wildcats traveled Carl Hagman, Colin O'Grady and Tim Mullane to the Northern Arizona Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. The tournament was held at Sedona Racquet Club on Oct. 4-6. Competing against Arizona were players from Arizona State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, and host school Northern Arizona. During the weekend's play junior Hagman went 4-0 in singles play, including a win over Ryan McBride of Arizona State in the semifinal round 6-7, 6-3, 6-0. Hagman won the singles championship by default over Divan Coetzee of New Mexico. In round one, freshman Mullane recorded his first career win over Jasmin Hodzic of New Mexico 6-0, 6-3. Mullane went on to finish the weekend 3-2, losing his final match to his doubles partner Danilo Zivanovic of New Mexico State, 7-6, 6-2. Sophomore O'Grady lost his first match to Thibault Schram 6-3, 7-5, and went on to win his other 3 matches to close the weekend 3-1.
In doubles comptetion, Hagman and O'Grady teamed up, while Mullane and NMSU's Danilo Zivanovic paired to form a second team. After a first round bye, the team of Hagman and O'Grady won their next two matches, placing them in the finals. The pair of Mullane and Zivanovic recorded a key victory over Oliver Charrion and Ryan McBride of Arizona State 8-6 in the semifinal round. In the final round Mullane and NMSU's Zivanovic defeated Hagman and O'Grady to capture the doubles title.
Individual RecordsSingles Fall OverallDaniel Andrus 6-1 6-1Carl Hagman 6-2 6-2Whi Kim 3-6 3-6Tom Lloyd 0-2 0-2Colin O'Grady 7-3 7-3Tim Mullane 4-3 4-3Paul Warkentin 4-3 4-3
DoublesAndrus/Warkentin 2-0 2-0Hagman/Lloyd 0-1 0-1Hagman/O'Grady 5-2 5-2Kim/O'Grady 0-2 0-2Mullane/Andrus 2-1 2-1