Men's Tennis Opens Season With a Win

Jan. 25, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona men's tennis (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opened the 2003 spring season at home with a victory over Santa Clara (1-1), 6-1, on Saturday January 25 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The Wildcats lost the doubles point but earned all six singles points.

The Broncos earned the doubles point, by winning two of the three matches. The No. 1 doubles match went to the Broncos when Erich Chen and Michael Bruggemann defeated Carl Hagman and Paul Warkentin, 8-6. Whi Kim and Daniel Andrus won the No. 2 doubles match by defeating Rick Ruso and Francisco Zepponi, 9-7. The duo of Taylor Bedilion and Federico Mattioli beat Colin O'Grady and Roger Matalonga by a score of 8-4.

The Wildcats swept all six singles matches, earning all six points. Paul Warkentin, playing at the No. 4 position, won the first singles match of the afternoon by beating Taylor Bedilion, 6-1, 6-4. Earning the second point was Daniel Andrus who defeated Rick Ruso, 6-0, 6-4. The third match to finish was the No. 2 match where Carl Hagman defeated Francisco Mattioli by score of 6-2, 6-4.

'This was a good start,' coach Helmig remarked. 'The guys got to see how their games match up against a feisty and tenacious Santa Clara team.'

Clinching the match for Arizona was Colin O'Grady. O'Grady beat Frederico Mattioli 6-4, 6-4, in the No. 3 position. Roger Matalonga won in his first match as a Wildcat by defeating Michael Bruggemann 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 6 position. The last match to finish was the No. 1 contest, which showcased Whi Kim and Erich Chen. Kim needed three sets to defeat Chen by a score of 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-0.

'After the jitters settled down, the players seemed to settle into their own game plan,' said coach Helmig. 'We will take what we learned in this match and use it against San Diego.'

The Wildcats will be in action next when they travel to San Diego to take on the University of San Diego on Saturday February 1, at 12:00 p.m.

ResultsDoubles:1. Chen/Bruggemann (SCU) def. Hagman/Warkentin (UA)           8-62. Kim/Andrus (UA) def. Ruso/Zepponi (SCU)                    9-73. Bedilion/Mattioli  (SCU) def. O'Grady/Matalonga (UA)       8-4

Singles:1. Whi Kim (UA) def. Erich Chen (SCU) 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-02. Carl Hagman (UA) def. Francisco Zepponi (SCU) 6-2, 6-43. Colin O'Grady (UA) def. Federico Mattioli (SCU) 6-4, 6-44. Paul Warkentin (UA) def. Taylor Bedilion (SCU) 6-1, 6-45. Daniel Andrus (UA) def. Rick Ruso (SCU) 6-0, 6-46. Roger Matalonga (UA) def. Michael Bruggemann (SCU) 6-2, 6-4

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