Men's Tennis Prepares for Another Two Tournament Weekend

Oct. 15, 2002

Last Time Out: In split squad action, the Wildcats sent three men to the ITA All-American in Chattanooga, Tenn., and three men to the Northern Arizona Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. Competing in the ITA All-American were the top 300 players from around the country.

Up Coming Tournaments: The Wildcats will travel to two separate tournaments once again on Oct. 18-20. The originally scheduled USD All-Collegiate Tournament will see six men travel to San Diego, Calif., while two players will make the trip to the Midland Collegiate Classic in Midland, Texas.

USD All-Collegiate Tournament: Competing against Arizona will be the host school University of San Diego, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, and Oregon. The six players traveling to San Diego will be freshman Daniel Andrus, sophomore Chris Gessner, junior Carl Hagman, senior Tom Lloyd, freshman Tim Mullane, and sophomore Colin O'Grady. This tournament will be a good test for the Cats as they prepare for the Region VIII South Tournament, which will be held in San Diego, Calif., on Oct. 23-27, and will feature many of the same players.

Midland Collegiate Classic: The Midland Classic will showcase the 16 top players from eight elite programs. UCLA, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, California, and the defending national champions USC will all be in attendence. Each team competing against Arizona in this tournament had a top 20 ranking from last season, including the top three teams, USC, Georgia and UCLA. Each school will bring its top two competitors. Traveling for the Wildcats will be Whi Kim and Paul Warkentin.

Off to a fast start: The Wildcats are experiencing early success with the start to the fall season. Junior Carl Hagman is leading the team with a 5-1 record, including a singles championship at the Northern Arizona Invitational and a runner-up finish in doubles competition with sophomore partner Colin O'Grady. O'Grady has also been off to a good start, earning a 5-2 singles record. Sophomore Paul Warkentin has faced strong competition in the two tournaments he has competed in and has finished 4-2, including two wins at the ITA All-American and a win over a ranked opponent at the Napa Valley Classic. The team has compiled an overall record of 20-14 in singles play.

Double the excitement: So far this fall, the Cats have been successful in doubles competition. At the Northern Arizona Invitational, both Arizona teams reached the finals. At the Napa Valley Invitational, Daniel Andrus and Paul Warkentin finished 2-0.

Next weekend on the courts: Arizona will be traveling to San Diego, Calif., once again for the ITA Region VIII South Tournament on 10/23-27. Competing will be Pac-10 schools; UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, with non-Pac-10 competitors from UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, and University of San Diego. The winner of this tournament will go on to compete in the indoor championships in Texas.

Fall Tournament Review

Napa Valley Classic: The Wildcats traveled six players, freshman Daniel Andrus, junior Carl Hagman, junior Whi Kim, senior Tom Lloyd, sophomore Colin O'Grady and sophomore transfer Paul Warkentin for the Napa Valley Tournament 9/20-22. The Wildcats played four ranked opponents. Kim matched up against the No. 6- and 25-ranked players Amer Delic and Brian Wilson of Illinois. Kim dropped both matches, playing the No. 6-ranked Delic strong, but losing in three sets, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-1. Warkentin faced the No. 88-ranked player, Chris Martin of Illinois, beating him in three sets, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-3. Lloyd faced the No. 44-ranked player Phil Stolt, and lost in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. In total, the Wildcats finished 7-8 in singles play. O'Grady finished the weekend with a record of 2-1in singles play. In doubles play, the new combination of Andrus and Warkentin combined for the Cats' two doubles wins. The pairs of Kim and O'Grady, and Hagman and Lloyd finished the tournament 0-3.

ITA All-American: This year's tournament was held at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the first time in the tournament's history on Oct. 4-13. The ITA All-American is one of three national championship tournaments for collegiate tennis in 2002-2003. The tournament, which includes pre-qualifying and qualifying rounds, has been played since 1976. Arizona sent three men to the tournament, Whi Kim, Tom Lloyd and Paul Warkentin. During the weekend, the Wildcats finished 2-2. Senior Tom Lloyd lost his opening match to Karim Alayli in two close sets 7-5, 6-4. Warkentin won his opening match over Zach Malmgren 6-0, 6-4. In the second round, he beat David O'Conner in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, and fell to Sven Swinnen in the third round 6-4, 6-3, to finish the pre-qualifying rounds for the Wildcats. Kim finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. Kim won his first two matches to advance to main draw where he lost to the No. 42-ranked player Jonathan Chu of Harvard 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. After the loss he was scheduled to face Divan Coetzee of New Mexico, but had to withdraw due to flu-like symptoms.

Northern Arizona Invitational: In addition to the national tournament, the Wildcats traveled Carl Hagman, Colin O'Grady and Tim Mullane to the Northern Arizona Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. The tournament was held at Sedona Racquet Club on Oct. 4-6. Competing against Arizona were players from Arizona State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, and host school Northern Arizona. During the weekend's play junior Hagman went 4-0 in singles play, including a win over Ryan McBride of Arizona State in the semifinal round 6-7, 6-3, 6-0. Hagman won the singles championship by default over Divan Coetzee of New Mexico. In round one, freshman Mullane recorded his first career win over Jasmin Hodzic of New Mexico 6-0, 6-3. Mullane went on to finish the weekend 3-2, losing his final match to his doubles partner Danilo Zivanovic of New Mexico State, 7-6, 6-2. Sophomore O'Grady lost his first match to Thibault Schram 6-3, 7-5, and went on to win his other 3 matches to close the weekend 3-1.

In doubles comptetion, Hagman and O'Grady teamed up, while Mullane and NMSU's Danilo Zivanovic paired to form a second team. After a first round bye, the team of Hagman and O'Grady won their next two matches, placing them in the finals. The pair of Mullane and Zivanovic recorded a key victory over Oliver Charrion and Ryan McBride of Arizona State 8-6 in the semifinal round. In the final round Mullane and NMSU's Zivanovic defeated Hagman and O'Grady to capture the doubles title.

2002-2003 Arizona Men's Tennis ResultsSingles                 	Fall	OverallDaniel Andrus		2-0	2-0Carl Hagman		5-1	5-1Whi Kim			2-5	2-5Tom Lloyd		         0-2	0-2Colin O'Grady		5-2	5-2Tim Mullane		2-2	2-2Paul Warkentin		4-2	4-2

DoublesAndrus/Warkentin 2-0 2-0Kim/O'Grady 0-2 0-2Hagman/Lloyd 0-1 0-1Hagman/O'Grady 2-1 2-1

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