Arizona Men's Tennis Takes a Two-Week Break

March 12, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 51 Arizona men's tennis team will enjoy a two-week rest in the middle of a seven-match homestand. The team owns a 5-6 overall record, after losing its last two matches against No. 6 Stanford, 6-1, and No. 5 California, 6-1. The Wildcats will host No. 3 UCLA and No. 16 USC, on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, respectively, marking the beginning of the Pac-10 season for the Wildcats.

Last weekend the Wildcats fell to top-10 foes Stanford and California. In both matches, Arizona failed to win the doubles point but managed to win one singles match. On Friday, junior Whi Kim defeated Stanford's Scott Lipsky, 6-3, 6-3. The next day, freshman Roger Matalonga defeated Wayne Wong of California, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

In the most recent rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Wildcats dropped one more spot to No. 51. Arizona has lost five straight matches to ranked opponents. In three of the five matches, Arizona's opponents owned a top-10 record, including the No. 1-ranked UCLA.

Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Roger Matalonga breaks into the rankings tied for the No. 123 position. Matalonga, a freshman from Terressa, Spain, is 9-2 on the season and boasted a team best eight-match win streak earlier this season before falling to the No. 40-ranked Chris Lam of UCLA.

Arizona will next be in action when it plays host to No. 3 UCLA on Friday, March 28 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The action is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

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