No. 25 Arizona Men's Tennis Travels to Los Angeles
March 9, 2004
Up Next:The No. 25 Arizona men's tennis team (8-4) hits the road for the first Pac-10 matches against No. 8 UCLA on Friday, March 12 and No. 4 USC on Saturday, March 13.
UCLA: The Bruins enter the match with an overall record of 9-4 and 0-1 in the Pac-10. On March 2, UCLA fell, 4-3, to USC. The Bruins enter the new ranking period with five individual players ranked along with two doubles teams. Tobias Clemens once again paces the team with his No. 6 ranking, while teammates Kris Kwinta, Chris Lam, Philipp Gruendler, and Alberto Francis are No. 36, No. 52, No. 86 and No. 95, repectively. On the doubles side, Francis and Kwinta are ranked No. 18, and Chris Surapol and Aaron Yovan check in at No. 48.
USC: The Trojans have earned an overall record of 8-1 and 1-0 in the Pac-10 this spring. Their last outing came against UCLA where they defeated the Bruins, 4-3, and won at UCLA for the first time since 1998. For the Trojans, four men are ranked individually as well as one doubles team. Adriano Biasella leads the team with his No. 25 ranking, Jamil Al-Agba is No. 53, Johan Berg is ranked No. 56, and Drew Hoskins rounds out the group with his ranking of No. 80. In doubles, Daniel Langre and Hoskins are No. 12 nationally.
Series History: Arizona has historically struggled against the Los Angeles schools. Arizona is 0-61 against UCLA and 1-62 against USC. Earlier this season, USC and UCLA traveled to Tucson to battle Arizona. USC managed a 7-0 victory, while UCLA squeeked by the Wildcats, 4-3. Neither match counted towards the teams' Pac-10 record, while the matches this weekend will.
Last Up: Arizona hosted San Diego on March 7. The Wildcats started the match the same way they have the majority of the season, by winning the doubles point. The pair of Roger Matalonga and Colin O'Grady earned a victory on court one, while the pair of in-laws, Daniel Andrus and Paul Warkentin, won on court two. In singles, Matalonga won on court one for the first time in his career with a win over No. 83 Jason Pongsrikul, 6-1, 6-4. Tom Lloyd played through his groin injured and defeated Nic Beuque, 6-1, 7-6 (4), on court three. Colin O'Grady, Daniel Andrus and Paul Warkentin each earned victories on courts four, five and six, respectively.
Ranked Cats: The Arizona Wildcats exit the fifth ranking period in the No. 25 spot, as administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Arizona gained nine spots this week after its victory over San Diego, 6-1, March 7. It's Arizona's first appearance in the top 25 since 1996, when the Wildcats finished the spring at No. 17.
Stacked Pac: Arizona once again is competing against several of the top programs in the nation this spring. All eight of the participating Pac-10 schools find themselves ranked by the ITA.
Pac-10 Rankings 4. USC 5. Stanford 8. UCLA 22. Arizona State 25. Arizona 26. Washington 29. California 50. Oregon
Strength of Schedule: Along with the ever-daunting task of competing in the Pac-10, Arizona will face eight other ranked opponents during its non-conference schedule. Rice leads the way with its No. 6 ranking.
Leading the Cats: With a 16-6 overall record and a 10-2 spring record, Roger Matalonga has led the Cats through the spring. Matalonga moved into the No. 1 spot for the first time against USD where he defeated No. 84 Pongsrikul, 6-1, 6-4.
Dominating Play: Sophomore Daniel Andrus also has left his mark on the courts this spring. With a 8-2 record, Andrus has made quick work of his opponents. With the depth he adds to the bottom half of the lineup, Andrus has made Arizona a stronger all-around team.
Double the Trouble: Arizona has enjoyed the early lead in 10 of the 12 matches it has played in this spring. Arizona failed to win the doubles point against, USC and Stanford.
Ahead Early: When off to a 1-0 lead after the doubles point, Arizona is 9-1 this spring. Against UCLA on Feb. 22, Arizona won the battle of the doubles point, but lost the war, 4-3, to the Bruins.
Carrying Momentum: This spring, Arizona has a cummulative doubles record of 27-9, which is an average of two wins per match. Arizona has been able to continue its momentum past the doubles point and translate it into wins in the singles matches. The tandum of Roger Matalonga and Colin O'Grady have earned a 10-1 record in doubles and have earned singles records of 10-2 and 7-4, respectively, this spring.
10 Wins: Five of the top-six men have earned 10 wins for the season. Sophomore Roger Matalonga leads the team with his 16 wins, while sophomore Daniel Andrus, senior Tom Lloyd and Colin O'Grady have 13 each. Paul Warkentin rounds out the top five with 11 wins.
STUDENT-Athletes: Recently four men were recognized for their accomplishments off the court by earning the Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award. Senior Carl Hagman leads the way with his fourth-straight award, while senior Tom Lloyd earned his second, and junior Colin O'Grady and sophomore Nate Cochrane each earned their first honor.