Arizona Set To Take On BYU and UC Santa Barbara

Feb. 3, 2003

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Home again: The No. 62 Arizona men's tennis team (3-0) returns home to begin a three-match home stand starting Saturday, Feb. 8, when the Wildcats will take on BYU at noon and UC Santa Barbara at noon on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Scouting BYU: The Cougars of BYU are ranked No. 72 in the most recent ITA poll. BYU is 2-3 spliting the last two matches its has played. In their last outing, the Cougars lost to Oregon 5-2. BYU won the doubles point, but Oregon rallied to defeat the Cougars by winning five singles points. The team has one ranked player, Carlos Lozano, ranked No. 106. In the overall team dual meetings matches Arizona leads the series 19-6.

Scouting UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos have started this spring season with a record of 2-1. Their last appearance was against Loyola Marymount. UCSB won the match 6-1. Their one loss this season was to the hands of the USC Trojans, 6-1. UCSB earned the doubles point by sweeping all three matches and the only loss came in the No. 1 slot where the No. 55-ranked Carlos Palencia lost to No. 98 Tigram Martirosyan. Arizona has faced UCSB 10 times, and leads the series 7-3. The Wildcats have faced three Gauchos' opponents during the fall, and Arizona has won beaten one. Last season, Arizona defeated UCSB 5-2 in Tucson.

Getting started: Sophomore Colin O'Grady and freshman Daniel Andrus have continued what they started in the fall tournament season. The group has a combined 9-0 record in the beginning of the spring season, leading the Wildcats to their 3-0 record. Freshman Roger Matalonga has followed suit as well. Matalonga, a freshman from Terrassa, Spain, has also earned a 3-0 record in the No. 6 position to remain undefeated.

Mr. Clutch: Sophomore Colin O'Grady continued his strong play last weekend winning all four matches he played. With that strong play, O'Grady has clinched the fourth point for Arizona in all three matches this season.

Wildcats in the rankings: The Wildcats opened the season with the No. 62 ranking by the ITA. Individually for the Wildcats, junior Whi Kim is ranked in singles at the No. 102 position. Kim finished 4-7 in fall competition including two wins at the ITA All-American where he reached the main draw.

Last time on the courts: Last weekend Arizona traveled to San Diego to take on No. 28 SDSU and No. 48 USD. Arizona upset both schools by winning each match by a score of 4-3. In both matches the Wildcats lost the doubles point but used the strength of their individual games to come from behind and defeat their higher-ranked opponents.

Arizona Defeats SDSU 4-3: After losing the doubles point, the Wildcats quickly fell to a deficit of 2-0 when junior Whi Kim fell to the No. 13-ranked Oliver Maiberger, 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Daniel Andrus won his third straight match of the spring season against Armondo Carracosa, 6-2, 6-2 to bring the team back to a score of 2-1. Following Andrus, another freshman, Roger Matalonga, also won his third straight match playing in the No. 6 slot against Dave Kohen, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, tying the match at 2-2. The next match to finish was junior Carl Hagman's who won his match in the No. 2 slot against Felix Hardt, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (0), to give the Wildcats the lead at 3-2. Clinching the match once again for the Wildcats was sophomore Colin O'Grady who won in the No. 4 position where he faced Daniel Jung,7-6, 4-6, 6-3 putting Arizona over the edge, 4-2. Sophomore Paul Warkentin finished the match with a loss in the No. 3 position to Ryan Redondo, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

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