Arizona Men's Tennis Accepts NCAA Tournament Bid
April 30, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 34-ranked Arizona men's tennis team was selected to participate in the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship. Arizona will travel to Berkeley, Calif., to face Boise State, in the first round of the tournament, time and date yet to be scheduled.
The selections are based on win-loss record, strength of schedule, eligibility and availability of student-athletes. The Wildcats finished the season 9-10 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-10. Arizona last made the tournament in 2001 and fell to Georgia Tech in the first round, 4-2. Arizona secured its bid this season with victories over five ranked opponents, including No. 11 Washington, No. 28 San Diego State, No. 28 Arizona State, No. 48 San Diego, and No. 58 Oregon. Arizona's strength of schedule includes playing six top-10 teams and it faced 14 ranked opponents during its dual-match season.
Individually for Arizona, junior Whi Kim, junior Carl Hagman and freshman Roger Matalonga were ranked during the spring dual season. Kim and Hagman both peaked at the No. 102 position, while Matalonga broke into the rankings tied at No. 123.
Arizona was awarded the No. 2 ranking in its bracket, placing the Wildcats in the top-32 teams in the tournament. Competing with Arizona in Berkeley, Calif., will be host school No. 7 California, who will face Sacramento State in the first round, and Boise State, Arizona's first round opponent. Boise State won the only match-up against Arizona, while the Wildcats have never faced Sacramento State.
Looking ahead to Arizona's opening round match up against Boise State, the Broncos upset two teams on their way to winning the WAC Conference title. The Broncos downed top-seeded Rice, 4-1, earning their place in the championship match. Boise State then defeated SMU, 4-2, garnering its first WAC title in only its second year in the conference. Boise State has faced three of the same teams as Arizona this season including Oregon, BYU and Santa Clara. Oregon defeated Boise State, 7-0; BYU fell to the Broncos, 5-2; and Santa Clara lost, 6-1.
Arizona will be in action next as it travels to Berkeley, Calif., to take on Boise State in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Championships. The first round is scheduled to take place on May 10-11, although specific times and dates have not been released.