Arizona Men's Tennis Opens A Seven-Match Homestand

March 4, 2003

Back in Tucson: The No. 50 Arizona men's tennis team (5-4, 0-0 Pac-10) will open its seven-match home stand this weekend when it hosts Pac-10 foes, No. 6 Stanford on March 7, and No. 5 California on March 8.

Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal enters the week owning a 7-2 record overall. Stanford's two losses have come at the hands of top-10 schools. Then No. 9 California defeated Stanford, 4-3, and No. 3 Baylor, 4-0, at the National Collegiate Classic. Stanford has a plethora of men ranked on its roster. Leading the way is David Martin who is currently ranked No. 19 and has compiled a 5-2 record in dual matches. Sam Warburg and KC Corkey are ranked No. 42 and No. 43 respectively. The ITA also ranks James Pade at No. 81 and Scott Lipsky at No. 112. Pade and Warburg both have earned a 7-1 singles record. In doubles competition, two pairs of Cardinal are ranked in the top-20. Lipsky and Martin are ranked No. 5, while Corkey and Pade come in at No. 18.

Scouting California: The Golden Bears, who are lead by No. 27 Conor Niland, bring an 8-1 overall record into Arizona. Califonia's only loss was at the ITA National Indoor Championships where it lost to Florida, 4-2. The team has earned six of its eight victories over ranked opponents this spring including: No. 4 Stanford, No. 8 Duke, No. 18 Pepperdine, No. 26 Arkansas, No. 35 TCU and No. 63 Fresno State. Complementing Niland are Robert Kowalczyk and Balazs Veress who are ranked No. 49 and 61 respectively. Last time on the courts, the Golden Bears competed in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, and the pair of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland lost its Round of 16 match to Daniel Langre and Ruben Torres of USC, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4.

On a Roll: The team of sophomore Colin O'Grady and freshman Roger Matalonga has continued to win doubles matches. Last weekend in Tempe, Ariz., the pair extended its win streak to eight, with its victory over Arizona State's Clint and Chris Letcher. Matalonga then continued his hot play in singles competition where he improved his team-leading record to 8-1 overall.

Wildcats in the Rankings: Arizona currently holds the No. 50 spot in the most recent ITA national rankings. Arizona fell from No. 49 to No. 50 after an idle week. Junior Whi Kim fell out of the rankings for the first time this season; he was previously ranked No. 102.

Last Time on the Courts: Arizona's last appearance on the courts was against intra-state rival Arizona State. The two teams met in Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 28. Arizona State took an early lead by winning the doubles point in two highly competitive matches. In singles action, the Wildcats split the singles point, earning victories on courts one, four, and five. Junior Whi Kim, sophomore Paul Warkentin and freshman Roger Matalonga supplied the singles victories for the Wildcats. The match came down to court six where freshman Daniel Andrus faced Arizona State's Ryan McBride. The match went into the final set, where McBride edged out Andrus, 6-4, and earned the final point, clinching the match for Arizona State, 4-3.

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