Arizona Set To Host Three Opponents This Week
April 2, 2003
Finishing The Homestand: The No. 40 Arizona men's tennis team (5-8, 0-2 Pac-10) will complete its homestand this week, hosting Northern Arizona on April 2, No. 56 Oregon on April 4 and No. 9 Washington on April 5, at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Scouting Northern Arizona: The Lumberjacks enter the week 5-14 overall. NAU currently has a two-match losing streak and is 3-3 over its last six matches. Arizona players faced Northern Arizona opponents three times during the fall tournament season. Arizona owns the advantage, 2-1. The lone loss for the Wildcats was at the racket of Thibault Schram who defeated sophomore Colin O'Grady, 6-3, 7-5, at the Northern Arizona Invitational. Arizona owns the overall record between the two schools, 16-1. Last season, Arizona defeated NAU, 7-0, in Tucson, Ariz.
Scouting Oregon: The Ducks start the week ranked No. 56 by the ITA and have compiled an 8-7 overall record with an 0-2 Pac-10 mark. Last weekend, the Ducks hosted No. 6 Stanford and No. 7 California. The lone Duck ranked is Michael Kost who comes in at No. 98. Oregon lost both matches, 6-1. Against Stanford, the Ducks won one singles match in the No. 1 position, as Kost upset No. 12 David Martin, 6-4, 6-3. Against California, Oregon won the doubles point but was swept in the singles matches. Arizona owns the all-time series record between the two schools, 6-1. Last season, the Wildcats defeated the Ducks 4-3, in Eugene, Ore.
Scouting Washington: Washington travels to Tucson as a top-10 team. The Huskies have earned a 14-2 overall record and are 0-2 in the Pac-10. Washington had its 14-straight winning streak snapped against No. 7 Stanford and No. 6 California. Individually, the Huskies have two ranked men, including No. 8 Alex Vlaksi and No. 19 Matt Hanlin. In doubles, the team boasts the No. 53 duo of Ari Strasberg and Vlaski. Arizona lays claim to the all-time series record between the two schools at 9-6.
Wildcats in the Rankings: Arizona continued to climb in the rankings last week, as the team gained another six spots, moving to No. 40. After two weeks off, the team gained an impressive 11 spots in the weekly rankings. Due to the new computer ranking system, the basis of the team's rankings relies on quality wins and quality losses. Currently, the Wildcats have beaten two highly ranked teams, No. 28 San Diego State and No. 48 San Diego. Due to Arizona's strength of schedule, the Wildcats have fallen to four top-10 teams, including three top-five teams.
Last Time on the Courts: Arizona fell to Pac-10 foes No. 4 UCLA and No. 28 USC last weekend. Arizona started strong against the Bruins, winning the doubles point, but the squad failed to win enough singles matches to clinch the victory. The Wildcats fell, 5-2. Against USC, the Wildcats could not win the doubles point, which turned out to be the deciding factor against the Trojans. After falling behind 1-0, Arizona split the singles matches and fell just one victory shy of defeating the reigning national champion USC Trojans, 4-3.
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