Arizona Men's Tennis Opens Spring Season
Jan. 15, 2004
Getting Started:The No. 37 Arizona men's tennis teamopens the 2004 season against intra-state opponent Northern Arizona, on Monday, Jan. 19. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m. in the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Scouting Northern Arizona: The Lumberjacks returned five men from last year's squad as well as adding four new members. The top returnee for the Lumberjacks is Thibualt Schram who finished last season 11-24 overall and 7-9 during the fall tournament season. Jeremy Coll earned a 9-21 record last season and a 5-6 fall record.
Series History: The Wildcats hold a 17-1 record in the all-time series, with Arizona winning last season's match, 6-1, in Tucson, Ariz. Sophomore Daniel Andrus defeated Jonas Jegers, 6-3, 6-4, to clinch the match for the Wildcats.
Ranked Cats: The Arizona Wildcats enter the 2004 season ranked No. 37 as administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Arizona finished last season ranked No. 37 with a 9-11 overall record and a trip to Berkeley, Calif., to compete in the NCAA Championships.
Shining Star: Senior Tom Lloyd garnered Arizona's only individual preseason ranking this year with the No. 84 ranking. Lloyd finished the fall 7-3, with two wins coming over ranked opponents. Lloyd defeated No. 30 Alejandro Tejerina of Tulsa, 6-3, 3-0 (retired), and No. 99 Khaled El Dorry of Texas A&M, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (6). Lloyd was also ranked No. 23 in the Fall West Regional rankings.
Reloading: The Wildcats enter the 2003-04 season with all nine members returning from last season's squad. With the return of redshirt senior Tom Lloyd, the Wildcats have seven men who have considerable experience competing in the top-six positions. Senior Whi Kim is returning from a short sabbatical from the team after spending the fall tournament season playing as an amateur in professional tournaments and is ready to compete with the elite collegiate players once again. Sophomores Daniel Andrus and Roger Matalonga are also ready to compete in this spring. After continued success at the college level, the two men find themselves more mature and experienced, and they are looking to compete for the top positions. Arizona also added four new freshmen to the mix and are looking for these men to improve and compete for the top six next season.
Stacked Pac: Arizona will once again compete against several of the top programs in the nation this spring. All eight of the participating Pac-10 schools find themselves ranked in the preseason polls. Stanford paces the Pac-10 with its No. 5 ranking; UCLA, Washington and California round out the top 12.
Strength of Schedule: Along with the ever-daunting task of competing in the Pac-10, Arizona will face six other ranked opponents during its non-conference schedule. Rice and Clemson lead the way ranked No. 24 and 26, respectively.
Strong Fall: If fall success is an indicator of spring success, several Wildcats are primed for strong spring seasons. Last fall, Colin O'Grady finished the fall with a record of 10-4, leading to an overall record of 19-14. This fall, senior Tom Lloyd finished 7-3, sophomore Roger Matalonga finished 6-3, and O'Grady was 6-4. In total, the top-six Wildcats finished the fall season 35-23, while last year's squad went 34-22 during the fall.
Fall Tournament Review
Omni Hotel Region VIII Fall Championships: This tournament marks the second team tournament of the fall. The Wildcats traveled 10 men to Carson, Calif., including seniors Carl Hagman and Tom Lloyd, juniors Colin O'Grady, Paul Warkentin and Chris Gessner, sophomores Daniel Andrus, Roger Matalonga and Tim Mullane, and freshmen Zach Bromberg and Nate Cochrane. Several Wildcats made their first appearances of the fall, including Bromberg, Gessner and Mullane, and the trio finished 2-3 while competing in the qualifying rounds. Gessner earned his first victory as a Wildcat by defeating Peter Surapol of UC Irvine, 7-5, 6-3. In the main draw, Lloyd received a No. 9 seed and won his opening round over qualifier Beau Berglund of Loyola Marymount, 6-1, 6-1. Andrus earned a 4-2 record and earned a spot in the semifinals of the back draw after defeating Daniel Jung of San Diego, 7-6, 7-6. O'Grady also earned a first-round win in the main draw by defeating Brian Morton of UC Irvine, 6-3, 6-3. In doubles competition, the duo of Andrus and Warkentin earned a 2-1 record while earning a spot in the quarterfinals, defeating the No. 5-seeded Johan Berg and Drew Hoskins of USC, 8-3. The pair of Hagman and O'Grady earned a victory over Tyler Black and Stephen Conching of Pacific, 8-2.
Midland Collegiate Classic: Senior Tom Lloyd, junior Colin O'Grady and sophomore Roger Matalonga competed in the invitational for Arizona on Oct. 17-18. Lloyd finished the weekend with a 3-1 record, in which all three victories came on the opening day. Lloyd defeated the No. 1-seeded Alejandro Tejerino of Tulsa, 6-3, 3-0 retired. Tejerino was ranked No. 30 in the ITA pre-season poll. O'Grady earned a 2-1 record including wins over Jason Zimmerman of Duke, 2-6, 6-3, 3-0 retired and Brett Joelson of Texas Tech, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. Matalonga defeated Chris Brown of Duke, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, before retiring in the second round to Alberto Francis of UCLA. Arizona competed in doubles for the first time as Lloyd and O'Grady teamed up to face Jason Gould and Martiji Zgaga of Tulsa. The pair lost 8-5, and marks the first time the pair has competed with since wining the Pac-10 Doubles Invitational in 2002.
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 appearance 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 appearance of the fall season, as well as his first appearance 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.