Arizona Men's Tennis Opens Season in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Sept. 24, 2003
Getting Started: The Arizona men's tennis team will compete in its first fall tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif. The Wildcats will travel five men to the tournament, including four returning letter winners and one freshman. Senior Carl Hagman, junior Colin O'Grady, sophomores Roger Matalonga and Tim Mullane, and freshman Nate Cochrane are scheduled to compete. Cochrane will make his first career apperence for the Wildcats. The tournament will be open draws, which will entice players from all over California to compete. The field is set to include 160 singles players and 20 doubles teams. In singles competition, the tournament will host 128 qualifying players and 32 main draw participants, while in doubles competition, 16 teams will competing in the main draw, with four pairs compete in the qualifying rounds. Singles qualifying rounds will begin on Friday, Sept. 26 at 9, a.m.
Leading the Cats: After finishing last season with a record of 17-13, Hagman will once again look to lead the team as it travels to California. As last season's team captain, Hagman mainly competed in the No. 2 position where he earned several key wins over ranked opponents, including the No. 19-ranked Matt Hanlin of Washington.
First timers: Although neither Matalonga nor Cochrane are strangers to competing in tournaments, this will be their first fall tournament as Wildcats. Matalonga came to Arizona at the beginning of the spring and made an immediate impact, earning a seven-match winning streak and finishing with an overall record of 12-7. Last season, Cochrane won the high school regional and state titles while competing for Mountain Ridge in Glendale, Ariz.