UA Men's Tennis Travels to Midland Collegiate Classic

Oct. 15, 2003

Midland Collegiate Classic: The Arizona men's tennis team will travel to Midland, Texas, to participate in the Midland Collegiate Classic, Oct. 17-19. The tournament will be held once again at the Midland Country Club. Once again, Arizona will face tough competition while in Texas. The tournament is by invitation only and will host 16 of the top tennis teams in the country. Topping the list of teams are defending national champions Illinois, Duke, Texas, Texas A&M, Pepperdine, Oklahoma, Boise State and Pac-10 foe USC.

Going to Texas: Senior Tom Lloyd, junior Colin O'Grady and sophomore Roger Matalonga are set to participate in the Classic. This will be the second trip for all three men. Matalonga earned a spot in the main draw of the Laguna Niguel Future and posted 4-1 record. Lloyd earned a 2-1 record at the ITA All-American, while O'Grady is 0-1 on the season.

Double Time: Arizona will be competing in doubles competition for the first time this fall at the Midland Collegiate Classic. Junior Colin O'Grady and sophomore Roger Matalonga will team up again and look to continue the success of last season. A year ago, the duo earned a 13-7 record, including an eight-match winning streak to start the spring dual-match season.

Fast Starts: Fast starts are nothing new for the Arizona tennis team, and this season is no different. Several Wildcats have enjoyed early success in their careers. Matalonga has continued his trend of quick starts by starting this fall with a 4-1 mark. Last spring, he started 7-0 in dual match competition. Senior Carl Hagman has continued his winning fall seasons by going 6-2 so far this fall, which mirrors his start from last season in which he started out at 6-2. Junior Paul Warkentin has improved on his start last fall in which he finished 4-3, by jumping out to a 3-1 start this season.

Fall Tournament Review:

ITA All-American: Seniors Carl Hagman and Tom Lloyd and junior Paul Warkentin traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn. The three men competed in the pre-qualifying rounds, which were held Oct. 3-5. Hagman defeated Jose Luis Leghuga of BYU, 7-6 (4), 6-2, which earned him a spot in the semifinals. Hagman finished the weekend 3-1 and improved to 6-2 for the fall. Warkentin made his first apperence of the fall where he also earned a spot in the semifinals by defeating Jose Luis Muguruza of Georgia Tech, 6-3, 7-6 (8). While competing in the finals, Warkentin was forced to retire due to an injury in the second set. Lloyd also made his first apperence of the fall season, as well as his first apperence since the ITA All-American last season. Lloyd earned a 2-1 record by defeating Miha Lisac of Georgia State, 6-2, 7-5, and Eric Hechtman of Miami, 6-4, 6-1.

Laguna Niguel (Calif.) Futures: The Wildcats traveled to Laguna Niguel, Calif., to compete in the Laguna Niguel Futures on Sept. 26-30. Senior Carl Hagman, junior Colin O'Grady, sophomore Roger Matalonga and freshman Nate Cochrane made the trip. Matalonga earned four victories and a spot in the main draw, where he lost to the No.18-seeded Adam Seri. At the No. 9 seed in the qualifying rounds, Hagman earned a record of 3-1. He was forced to retire in the finals of the qualifying after losing the first set, 6-2, and falling behind, 2-0. O'Grady fell in his opening round to Shane Laporte, 7-5, 7-5. Cochrane competed in his first tournament as a Wildcat and also fell in the first round to Colin Joyner, 6-2, 7-5.

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