Arizona Set to Host Arizona State in Final Pac-10 Match

April 15, 2003

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One Last Time: The No. 33 Arizona men's tennis team (8-10, 2-4 Pac-10) will host intra-state rival Arizona State on Saturday, April 19. The match will close the dual match and Pac-10 seasons.

Scouting Arizona State: The Sun Devils enter the week ranked No. 29 by the ITA and have compiled an 8-10 record overall and are 3-2 in Pac-10 play. Arizona State has two individuals ranked along with one doubles team. Pim Van Mele and Chris Letcher are ranked No. 81 and No. 106, respectively, while in doubles, the pair of Oliver Charroin and Chris Steward own the No. 28 spot. The last meeting between the two schools took place in Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 28. Arizona State took an early lead by winning the doubles point in two highly competitive matches. In singles action, the Wildcats split the singles point, earning victories on courts one, four, and five. Junior Whi Kim, sophomore Paul Warkentin and freshman Roger Matalonga supplied the singles victories for the Wildcats. The match came down to court six where freshman Daniel Andrus faced Arizona State's Ryan McBride. The match went into the final set, where McBride edged out Andrus, 6-4, and earned the final point, clinching the match for Arizona State, 4-3. Arizona owns the all-time series record against Arizona State, 50-34.

Wildcats in the Rankings: Arizona jumped up again in the rankings this past week by securing the No. 33 spot after its upset of the No. 11 Washington Huskies, 4-3 in Tucson, Ariz. Junior Carl Hagman entered the rankings for the first time this season, breaking in at No. 112. Hagman, a Copenhagen, Denmark, native has earned a 16-13 overall record and owned a four-match winning streak, which helped him earn his ranking. During his streak, he has defeated two ranked opponents, including No. 19 Matt Hanlin of Washington, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, and No. 71 Johan Berg of USC, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

Last Time on the Courts: Arizona fell to both of its Bay Area opponents this past weekend. On April 11, the Wildcats fell to the third-ranked California Golden Bears, 7-0. The Bears swept all nine matches, losing only one set to the Wildcats. The No. 7-ranked Stanford Cardinal defeated the Wildcats, 6-1, on April 13, 6-1. Due to rainy conditions, action was delayed two hours, and the singles matches were played first. Stanford swept the singles matches, but Arizona battled back in the doubles matches to earn the team's only point.

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