Arizona Men's Tennis Season Review
June 3, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona men's tennis team finished the 2002-03 season in the No. 37 position in the Omni Hotel Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Arizona Wildcats entered the spring dual-match season with a national ranking of No. 62, but would watch their rankings rise as the team progressed through the season. Arizona opened with three victories, including wins over eventual NCAA Tournament participants San Diego and San Diego State. Arizona finished its non-conference schedule with a mark of 5-1.
Entering the Pac-10 competition, Arizona saw its scheduled dominated by 12 ranked opponents, including five NCAA Tournament teams and six top-10 teams.
On April 2, Arizona got back on track by defeating in-state rival Northern Arizona, 6-1. Two days later, on April 4, the Wildcats beat Oregon, 5-2, and finished the weekend by defeating No. 11-ranked Washington Huskies, 5-2. Riding a three-match winning streak, the team jumped 19 positions from No. 52 to No. 33, where the Wildcats would hover for the remainder of the season.
The Wildcats peaked at No. 32 in the rankings after defeating Pac-10 rival Arizona State, 5-2, in Tucson, Ariz. With the conclusion of the match, the Wildcats finished 9-10 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-10, earning the team a fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 Conference.
After receiving a bid for the NCAA Team Championships, the Wildcats traveled to Berkley, Calif., to take on the Boise State Broncos. The Broncos won the doubles point and then went on to win three of the next four matches to clinch the win, 4-1.
Individually for Arizona, juniors Whi Kim and Carl Hagman, along with freshman Roger Matalonga were ranked during the spring dual season. Kim and Hagman both entered the rankings in the No. 102 position, while Matalonga broke into the rankings tied at No. 123.
Leading the way in singles was Matalonga who finished with an overall record of 13-7. Matalonga, a freshman from Terrassa, Spain, joined the team in January and made an immediate impact on the team. Although he started in the No. 6 position for the team, he moved up and played as high as No. 3.
Freshman Daniel Andrus was another Wildcat who made a quick impression on the team. Andrus played mostly in the No. 6 position for Arizona this season and tallied a 19-13 overall record.
Junior captain Carl Hagman earned several post-season accolades, including a honorable mention Pac-10, third team Version Academic All-District VIII and a third straight Mary Roby Award. Hagman finished the season 17-14, including four victories over ranked opponents, and had a 2-0 record in the No. 1 position.