UA Men's Tennis Looks Towards Busy Week

Feb. 12, 2003

Next up: The No. 47 Arizona men's tennis team (5-1), will travel to Los Angeles to face No. 14 USC Friday, Feb. 14 and top-ranked UCLA Saturday, Feb. 15.

Scouting USC: USC comes into the week ranked No. 15 by the ITA and holds a 4-2 record. In the last three matches, the Trojans have a 1-2 record, losing two matches to ranked opponents. USC fell to No. 1-ranked UCLA and to No. 17-ranked Pepperdine. The Bruins defeated USC by a score of, 6-1 while the Waves won, 5-2. Johan Berg leads the team with his national ranking of No. 75. In doubles, the pair of Parkash Amritraj and Daniel Langre where named the ITA doubles team of the month after going 7-2 in the month of January and winning the Sherwood Collegiate Cup. Last season, USC defeated Arizona in both matches, 4-3 in Tucson and 5-2 in Los Angeles. Arizona has competed against USC players twice, spliting the two matches. Arizona's win came when Colin O'Grady defeated Jeff Karzanian in the third round of Omni Hotel Region VIII South Championships.

Scouting UCLA: The Bruins start the weekend 5-0 and ranked No. 1 by the ITA. In their last outings, UCLA defeated Ohio State, 5-2 and San Diego, 7-0. Against the Buckeyes, UCLA lost in the No. 2 and No. 6 singles positions. In doubles, the Bruins' No. 1 and 2 positions were victorious earning the team the doubles point. UCLA has three ranked singles players, all of which hold a top-50-ranking. Leading the team is Tobias Clemens, who is ranked No. 12, followed by Erfan Djahangiri at No. 38 and Chris Lam, who is ranked No. 40. In doubles, they boast the No. 39-ranked team, consisting of Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola. Last season, UCLA defeated Arizona twice 6-1 in Tucson, and 7-0 in Los Angeles. This season, Arizona has faced UCLA opponents twice, losing both matches.

Strength of schedule: This spring Arizona has faced two ranked opponents, San Diego and San Diego State and BYU who were previously ranked. The Pac-10 boasts three top-10 ranked teams, UCLA, California and Stanford. UCLA tops the list at No. 1, with California and Stanford in the NO. 4 and 7 positions. In addition, USC and Arizona State are in the top-50. In total, 10 of 14 schools that Arizona will face are in the ITA national rankings. This weekend will also be the beginning of a string of seven straight matches against ranked opponents.

Strong Play: Sophomore Colin O'Grady and freshmen Daniel Andrus and Roger Matalonga have continued to winning matches. O'Grady and Matalonga have remained undefeated throughout the spring season, both owning a 6-0 record. Daniel Andrus suffered his first loss of the season giving him a 5-1 record. His loss came from the racket of BYU's Jeff Olsen, 6-7 (9), 6-1, while defeating Michael Frick of UCSB for the second time this year, 6-3, 6-1, and Nick Coutts of Utah, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Staying Clutch: Sophomore Colin O'Grady continued his strong play last weekend extending his winning streak. He has won five straight doubles matches with partner Matalonga, and has won his last six singles matches. With his strong play, O'Grady has clinched the fourth point for Arizona in all five victories this season and earned the doubles point against Utah.

Wildcats in the rankings: Arizona continued to climb the charts this week when they moved up one spot to No. 47. Arizona split the weekend against BYU and UCSB before the lastest rankings were considered. Whi Kim remains the loan Wildcat in the singles rankings and is ranked No. 102.

Last time on the courts: Last weekend Arizona hosted BYU and UC Santa Barbara. The Wildcats fell in the opening match of the weekend when they lost to BYU, 4-3. Arizona won the doubles point but failed to win enough singles matches to clinch the victory. On Sunday, Arizona faced UCSB and defeated them 7-0. The only loss of the day was in the No. 2 doubles position. Arizona showed a strong performance against Utah on Tuesday, when they easily defeated the Utes, 6-1.

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