UA Men's Tennis Travels To Bay Area
April 8, 2003
On The Road Again: The No. 52 Arizona men's tennis team (8-8, 2-2 Pac-10) will take the road for the final time during the regular season as it puts its three-match winning streak on the line traveling to Northern California to take on Pac-10 foes California on April 11 and Stanford on April 12.
Scouting California: Arizona will face the Golden Bears for the second time this season on Friday, April 11, in Berkeley, Calif. California is 16-2 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10. The team is currently ranked No. 4 by the ITA and has two men ranked individually along with the No. 26 doubles team of Steve Berke and Robert Kowalczky. Leading the way for California is No. 50 Conor Niland and No. 56 Robert Kowalczky. California is on a four-match winning streak, with wins over Pac-10 schools Washington, Oregon, UCLA and USC. The Bears' last lost was on March 23, when it lost to No. 1 Illinois, 6-1. Arizona fell to California in the two team's first match up in Tucson, Ariz., March 8, 6-1. Earning the team point for Arizona was Roger Matalonga who defeated Wayne Wong, 7-6 (6), 6-2.
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal start the week ranked No. 7 by the ITA and has compiled a 15-3 overall record and is 2-0 in the Pac-10. Last weekend, the Cardinal hosted No. 6 UCLA and No. 22 USC. Stanford fell to UCLA, 5-2, while it shut out USC, 7-0. Stanford boasts an impressive four men ranked individually along with two ranked doubles team. Individually for Stanford, David Martin is ranked No. 12, KC Corkey is No. 53, while Sam Warburg and Scott Lipsky are ranked No. 57 and 64, respectively. The duo of Lipsky and Martin are ranked No. 4 in the nation by the ITA, which represents the highest-ranked doubles team Arizona has faced all season. Also ranked is the pair of KC Corkey and James Pade who come in at No. 27. Stanford defeated Arizona in the first match between the two schools this season, 6-1, in Tucson, Ariz. Whi Kim earned the Wildcats its point as he defeated Scott Lipsky, 6-3, 6-3.
Wildcats in the Rankings: Arizona fell in the most recent rankings to No. 52. After enjoying a week at No. 40, Arizona fell to No. 4 UCLA and No. 28 USC, droping 12 spots in the rankings.
Last Week on the Courts: Arizona swept its opponents last week and went 3-0 to close out the team's seven-match homestand. Arizona came out Wednesday, April 2, and cruised past NAU, 6-1. Sweeping the doubles point and only losing one singles point. Against Oregon on April 4, Arizona collected its first Pac-10 win of the season, moving its record to 1-2 in the Pac-10. The following afternoon, Arizona moved to 2-2 in the Pac-10 by defeating No. 11 Washington, 4-3. Arizona lost the doubles point but battled back and won four of the six singles matches to earn the team victory.
On A Roll: After last week's 3-0 mark several Wildcats will enter the Bay Area with three and four game winning streak. Junior Carl Hagman and freshman Daniel Andrus currently own a four-match winning streak, while Roger Matalonga is enjoying his three-match winning streak.
Redemption: After losing to USC's Ruben Torres, Matalonga defeated Christoph Palmanshofer of Washington, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, to clinch the upset against the No. 11 Washington Huskies.
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