Arizona Men's Tennis Cruises Through Opening Rounds at Midland Collegiate Classic

Oct. 17, 2003

MIDLAND, Texas - The Arizona men's tennis team completed the first day of the Midland Collegiate Classic on Oct. 17, in Midland, Texas. The Wildcats continued its steady play during the opening rounds, earning a 6-1 singles record and a 0-1 doubles mark.

In singles competition, senior Tom Lloyd defeated Rodney Vickers of Texas Tech, 6-4, 6-0 during the wildcard round.

In the first round, all three Wildcats earned victories including Lloyd's defeat of the No. 1-seeded Alejandro Tejerina of Tulsa, 6-3, 3-0, retired. Junior Colin O'Grady defeated Jason Zimmerman of Duke, 2-6, 6-3, 3-0 retired. Sophomore Roger Matalonga beat Chris Brown of Duke in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

In the second round, Lloyd defeated Jason Gould of Baylor, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. O'Grady earned his second victory of the day by defeating Brett Joelson of Texas A&M, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. Facing Alberto Francis of UCLA, Matalonga lost the first set, 6-7, and fell behind, 5-4, when he was forced to retire due to injury.

The victories raise Lloyd's record to 5-1 and O'Grady is now 2-1 in fall competition. Matalonga finished the day at 1-1 and 5-2 overall.

In doubles competition, due to Matalonga's injury, Lloyd and O'Grady paired up to face Jason Gould and Martiji Zgaga of Baylor. Gould and Zgaga defeated Lloyd and O'Grady, 8-5. This is the first match for the pair since winning the Pac-10 Invitational Doubles Championship in 2002.

Arizona will continue play Oct. 18 at the Midland Collegiate Classic.

Results:Wildcard:Lloyd (UA) def. Rodney Vickers (TTU) - 6-4, 6-0

Round 1:Lloyd (UA) def. No. 1 Alejandro Tejerina (TU) - 6-3, 3-0 retiredO'Grady (UA) def. Jason Zimmerman (Duke) - 2-6, 6-3, 3-0 retiredMatalonga (UA) def. Chris Brown (Duke) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

Round 2:Lloyd (UA) def. Jason Gould of (BU) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-4O'Grady (UA) def. Brett Joelson (TTU) - 5-7, 7-6, 6-4Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. Matalonga (UA) - 6-7, 5-4 retired

Doubles:Gould/Zgaga (TU) def. Lloyd/O'Grady (UA) - 8-5

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