Arizona Men's Tennis Gains Three Spots in the Rankings

April 27, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 21 Arizona men's tennis team (14-8, 3-4) picked up three spots in the most recent rankings as administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

After the completion of the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., Arizona tied its highest ranking of the spring. On March 30, Arizona first garnered the No. 21 spot after defeating Arizona State, 6-1, in Tucson, Ariz.

Last weekend, Arizona had a strong showing in the Pac-10 Championships, which yielded the second 20-win season for the Wildcats as junior Paul Warkentin broke the barrier for the second time in his career. The first time came during his freshman season. While at Ohio State, Warkentin earned a 27-8 overall record, which at the time, was No. 8 for a single season. The tournament also awarded sophomore Roger Matalonga his 23rd win, which ties him with former Wildcat, Stephen Capriati, for the most wins.

Individually for Arizona, Matalonga gained another four spots on the field as he reached the No. 80 spot, marking the highest ranking for his two-year career. Matalonga has earned an overall record of 23-10, an 18-7 in the spring and 7-7 in the Pac-10.

In doubles, Arizona has the No. 23-ranked team of Roger Matalonga and junior Colin O'Grady. The pair gained 11 spots this week, as it moved up from the No. 34 spot. During the Pac-10 tournament, the pair defeated the No. 51 team of Johan Berg and Andriano Biaselia, 8-6. The next match the pair fell to the No. 11-ranked Patrick Briaud and Balazs Veress, 8-4. The pair is 16-9 overall and 6-8 in the Pac-10.

Pac-10 Rankings
4. USC
10. Stanford
21. Arizona
24. Washington
31. California
32. Arizona State
47. Oregon

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