UA Men's Tennis Travel To California For Pac-10 Tournament
April 22, 2003
Up Next: The No. 38 Arizona men's tennis team (9-10, 3-4 Pac-10) will travel to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-10 Individual Championships April 24-27. This event will be part of the 103rd Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.
Pac-10 Championships: The Pac-10 individual tournament consists of two singles and doubles flights, the main draws and invitationals. Competing in the 32-man main singles draw for Arizona will be junior Whi Kim, junior Carl Hagman, sophomore Colin O'Grady, and sophomore Paul Warkentin. O'Grady leads the group into the tournament with an overall record of 19-14, while Hagman boasts the team's only singles ranking, coming in at No. 102. In the 32-man invitational draw, the Wildcats will send three men, freshman Daniel Andrus, redshirt freshman Tim Mullane and freshman Chris Gessner. Andrus leads the invitational group with an overall record of 18-11 and 5-7 in the Pac-10. This tournament will mark the first Pac-10 match for both Mullane and Gessner. In the 16-man main doubles draw, the pair of Hagman and O'Grady will compete along with the duo of Kim and Warkentin. Hagman and O'Grady are 1-0 in Pac-10 play but finished the fall tournaments with an overall record of 6-3. Last year at the Pac-10 Tournament, O'Grady and Tom Lloyd won the invitational doubles draw over, USC's Praskash Amritraj and Daniel Langre.
Wildcats in the Rankings: Arizona fell five spots to No. 38 last week in the ITA national rankings. The Wildcats fell in both matches to its highly-ranked Pac-10 opponents, No. 3 California and No. 7 Stanford, falling 7-0, 6-1 respectively. Against Stanford, the Wildcats earned the doubles point. Hagman and O'Grady defeated Sheng and Warburg, 8-6, while Andrus and Mullane beat Kao and Wong, 8-5.
Last Time on the Courts: Arizona defeated in-state rival, Arizona State, 5-2. After splitting the first two doubles matches, O'Grady and Matalonga find themselves figthing Oliver Charroin and Clint Letcher for the doubles point. The Wildcats won the closely contested match, 9-8 (6). In singles competition, the Wildcats won its first four matches on courts two, five and six. Clinching the match for Arizona, was Andrus who defeated Ryan Eveloff, 6-3, 6-1.