Arizona Men's Tennis Set to Open Pac-10 Play

March 25, 2003

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Back From Break: The No. 46 Arizona men's tennis team (5-6, 0-0 Pac-10) will continue its homestand this weekend when it hosts No. 3 UCLA on March 28 and No. 19 USC on March 29, at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The UCLA match marks the opening of the Pac-10 season for the Wildcats.

Scouting UCLA: The Bruins enter the week ranked No. 3 by the ITA and have compiled a 14-1 overall record. The team's lone loss came to Florida at the Team Indoors in Louisville, Ky. Since the loss, the Bruins have won three straight matches and only lost four points during the stretch. UCLA has its top four men individually ranked, including No. 6 Tobias Clemens, No. 24 Chris Lam, No. 33 Erfan Djahangiri and No. 98 Rodrigo Grilli. In doubles competition, the team boasts the No. 12 pair in the nation, Grilli and Marcin Matkowski. Thus far, the duo has earned an 11-1 overall record, with a 10-1 record in the No. 1 position. Last time on the courts for UCLA, the Bruins defeated San Diego State, 6-1, on March 12. Daniel Jung of SDSU defeated to Lam, 6-4, 1-8, (10-4).

Scouting USC: The Trojans have fallen four positions since the last time it faced Arizona, falling from No. 14 to No. 19. USC has earned a 10-5 record this season. USC has won its last three matches, including a victory over No. 28 Pepperdine. The Trojans have two men individually ranked, No. 45 Prakash Amritraj and No. 71 Johan Berg. Last time the team competed, it defeated Utah, 6-1. Utah's Tomasz Grzyb defeated Ruben Torres, 7-6, 6-2, in the No. 4 position, earning the Ute's point.

Wildcats In The Rankings: Arizona currently holds the No. 46 spot in the most recent ITA national rankings. Arizona gained five spots after its idle week. Freshman Roger Matalonga earned his first individual ranking as a Wildcat on March 12, when he broke into the rankings tied for No. 123. Matalonga, a freshman from Terrassa, Spain, had the team-leading win streak of seven matches, and owns an 8-3 overall record this season.

Last Time On The Courts: Arizona's last two appearances in Tucson ended in defeat. The Wildcats fell to No. 6 Stanford on March 7 and No. 5 California on March 8. Arizona lost both matches, 6-1. Kim defeated No. 112 Scott Lipsky of Stanford, 6-3, 6-3. Also earning a team point for the Wildcats, Matalonga defeated Wayne Wong of California, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

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