UA Men's Tennis Travels To Intra-State Rival Arizona State
Feb. 25, 2003
On the Road: After enjoying a week off, the No. 49-ranked Wildcats will finish their three-match road trip, traveling to Tempe, Ariz., to take on the No. 42-ranked Sun Devils of Arizona State, Friday, Feb. 28, at 1:30 p.m.
Scouting Arizona State: The Sun Devils enter the match 3-4 on the season and 0-2 in the Pac-10. The last time on the courts, Arizona State fell to UCLA and USC, 6-1, in each match. Both times, Arizona State managed to win a singles match, earning the team its points. The team boasts the No. 17-ranked doubles team of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart which owns a record of 12-2. Last season Arizona State defeated Arizona twice, 6-1 in Tempe, Ariz., and 4-3 in Tucson, Ariz. These two teams have seen each other several times this year during fall play and have split the singles match-ups, 3-3. Arizona has faced Arizona State 83 times since 1960 and has won 50 of the matches.
Strong Play: Sophomore Colin O'Grady and freshmen Daniel Andrus and Roger Matalonga have continued to play strong for the Wildcats. Matalonga extended his winning streak to a team leading seven straight before losing in Los Angeles to the No. 40-ranked Chris Lam. Matalonga leads the team with a 7-1 overall record and 1-1 in the Pac-10. Close behind Matalonga are O'Grady and Andrus. The two have earned a combined record of 11-5 during spring competition. Meanwhile, in doubles play, the team of O'Grady and Matalonga has stretched its winning streak to seven and has earned a 7-1 record during fall play.
Wildcats in the Rankings: Arizona fell two slots in the latest ITA National Rankings, from No. 47 to No. 49. After losing two consecutive matches to top-ranked UCLA and No. 15 USC, the Wildcats stay relatively stable in the rankings, only moving down two positions. Junior Whi Kim remains the only ranked singles player for Arizona. Kim occupies the No. 102 position.
Last Time on the Courts: The Wildcats traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to take on two highly-ranked Pac-10 opponents. On Feb. 14, No. 15 USC hosted Arizona and won 6-1. Arizona managed to win in the No. 6 position where freshman Roger Matalonga defeated Jeff Kazarian to remain undefeated. On Feb. 15, Arizona traveled to UCLA, where the No. 1-ranked Bruins defeated Arizona. 7-0.
Stacked Pac: After starting conference play, competition will not lessen for the Wildcats. All eight participating Pac-10 schools find themselves ranked in the most recent ITA rankings. Leading the way for the conference is UCLA who owns the No. 1-ranking in the nation. The Pac-10 also boasts three other top-10 schools; No. 4 California, No. 7 Stanford and No. 10 Washington. Also in the top 20 are the No. 13 USC Trojans. Arizona State and Arizona are No. 42 and No. 49, respectively, while Oregon rounds out the Pac-10 holding the 66th position.