Arizona Men's Tennis Travels To ITA All-American
Sept. 30, 2003
ITA All-American: The Arizona men's tennis team will travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., this weekend to compete in the ITA All-American. The tournament is scheduled to begin with pre-qualifying on Friday, Oct. 3 and the tournament is hailed as the largest single collegiate tournament, hosting over 300 of the nations men's tennis players, and is also one of three national championship events in Division I tennis. Held at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the second consecutive season. The tournament has three stages -- pre-qualifying, qualifying and the main draw. To reach the main draw from the pre-qualifying rounds, one would need to win seven consecutive matches, and five more to reach the finals. The pre-qualifying rounds consist of 256 singles, which filters down to 64 players in the qualifying rounds, where 32 will compete in the finals.
Making the Trip: Traveling for Arizona this weekend will be seniors Carl Hagman and Tom Lloyd and junior Paul Warkentin. All three men are scheduled to compete in the pre-qualifying rounds. Hagman will be making his first appearance at the ITA All-American while Lloyd has taken the trip four separate times, missing it only once during his sophomore season. Warkentin is scheduled to make his third consecutive trip, his second as a Wildcat. Last season Warkentin went 2-1 in the tournament, losing to Sven Swinnen of Oregon, 6-4, 6-3, in the third round of the pre-qualifying.
Coming Back: Tom Lloyd will be making his first appearance in almost a year after missing the vast majority of last season due to a nagging back injury. He competed last season in three matches, earning a 1-2 record, before being forced to redshirt due to his back ailment.
Continued Success: Hagman looks to continue the momentum he gained after a successful weekend at the Laguna Niguel (Calif.) Futures, which took place Sept. 26-30. During the weekend, Hagman earned a record of 3-1 in the tournament. Through his first three matches, he lost just one set while losing an average of only 2.7 points per set.
Laguna Niguel (Calif.) Futures: The Wildcats traveled to Laguna Niguel, Calif., to compete in the Laguna Niguel Futures on Sept. 26-30. Making the trip were senior Carl Hagman, junior Colin O'Grady, sophomore Roger Matalonga and freshman Nate Cochrane. Matalonga earned four victories and a spot in the main draw, where he lost to the No.18-seed Adam Seri. While being seeded No. 9 in the qualifying rounds, Hagman earned a record of 3-1. He was forced to retire in the finals of the qualifying after losing the first set 6-2, and falling behind, 2-0. O'Grady fell in his opening round to Shane Laporte, 7-5, 7-5. Cochrane competed in his first tournament as a Wildcat and also fell in the first round to Colin Joyner, 6-2, 7-5.