No. 23 Arizona Men's Tennis Closes Out the Season Against Arizona State.
April 13, 2004
Up Next:The No. 23 Arizona men's tennis team (13-8, 2-4) will hit the road for the final regular season match. Arizona will travel the 100 miles up I-10 to face the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils (8-11, 1-5) enter the week ranked No. 34 as administered by the ITA. ASU fell to No. 47 after the last match-up between the two Arizona schools, but ASU has regained the ground they have lost to setup a virtual rematch of March 28 match. That pitted the No. 24 Arizona Wildcats against the No. 34 Arizona State Sun Devils in which the Wildcats prevailed, 6-1. ASU snapped its four-matching losing streak with a win over California, 6-1 on April 10. During the losing streak ASU fell to Pac-10 teams Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Stanford. The Sun Devils have suffered two losing streaks; one which lasted seven matches, while the other was four-straight.
Series History: Arizona owns the all-time series versus ASU, leading 52-34. Arizona won the previous meeting, 6-1, on March 28. Arizona earned the doubles point and went on to win five of the six singles matches. ASU lone point came on court four where Biro defeated Tom Lloyd, 6-1, 6-2.
Last Up: Arizona played host to the Bay Area teams as No. 29 California and No. 10 Stanford traveled to Tucson for a pair of Pac-10 matches. Arizona faced the Golden Bears on Friday, April 9. Arizona fell in a heart-breaking doubles point assenior Whi Kim and sophomore Daniel Andrus won quickly on court two, 8-5. On court three, the pair of junior Paul Warkentin and senior Tom Lloyd fell behind quickly to Minato and Pettit. Down, 7-1, the tandem battled back to take the lead, 8-7. The lead would not hold as the Sun Devils broke Warkentin's serve to take the match into a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, ASU pulled head winning the set, 9-8 (5). On court one, no. 48-ranked junior Colin O'Grady and sophomore Roger Matalonga fell 9-7 to No. 21 Briaud and Veress. In singles, Arizona went on to win five of the six singles points to win the match, 5-2. No. 96 Matalonga earned a win over No. 58-ranked Veress in impressive fashion, 6-3, 6-1. The next day Arizona hosted No. 10 Stanford for Senior Day. Stanford upheld its claim of the No. 10 spot as they easily defeated Arizona, 6-1. Arizona fell in all three doubles matches and only managed to win one singles point. During the fifth game of the first set on court six, Warkentin and Rasmussen exchanged 11 deuces and watched Andrus and Leivent take two change overs before Warkentin won the game and held the, 3-2, lead. Warkentin defeated Rasmussen, 7-5, 6-3.
Ranked Cats: The Arizona Wildcats exit the tenth ranking period in the No. 23 spot, as administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Arizona stayed steady after defeating No. 29 California and losing to No. 10 Stanford.
Ranked Roger...Still: After a short sabbatical from the rankings, sophomore Roger Matalonga dropped to No. 96 ranking in the April 6 ranking period from No. 64 for the March 23 period. Matalonga is 21-9 overall, 16-6 this spring and 5-6 in the Pac-10. Matalonga has notched three impressive victories over No. 18 Chris Lam of UCLA, 7-6 (5), 6-2, No. 25 Adriano Biasella of USC, 6-2, 6-0, and No. 58 Balazs
Back for More: Junior Colin O'Grady and Roger Matalonga have resurfaced in the rankings for the April 6 ranking period. The tandem has earned the No. 48 position. The pair has earned a 15-7 overall record along with a 5-6 Pac-10 mark. The pair is 7-6 in the No. 1 position as well as 7-0 in the No. 2 slot. The pair found themselves ranked No. 15 in the final fall rankings as well as No. 27 during the Feb. 24 rankings.
Stacked Pac: Arizona once again is competing against several of the top programs in the nation this spring. All eight of the participating Pac-10 schools find themselves ranked by the ITA.
Pac-10 Rankings 3. USC 4. UCLA 10. Stanford 22. Washington 23. Arizona 28. California 34. Arizona State 50. Oregon
20 for Roger: Roger Matalonga earned his 20th win of the season as he defeated Chris Steward of ASU, 6-4, 6-4. Matalonga has joined the ranks of 20-match winners such as teammate Whi Kim (2001, 02), Steven Capriati (2002), Alex Aybar (2000), Caleb Marquardt (2000) and All-American Jan Anderson (1994). With his 21 wins this season, Matalonga has surpassed Anderson (20), Kim (20 in 2002), and has tied Marquardt (21) and Kim (21 in 2001). Matalonga is just two shy of Capriati's record of 23 in 2002 and one short of Aybar's 21 win season in 2000. If Warkentin manages to win two more, it will be the first pair of 20-match winners since Whi Kim and Steven Capriati in 2002. Lloyd, O'Grady and Andrus are in shouting range as well, with each needing three more wins to reach the plateau.
Winning in Bunches: Arizona has enjoyed numerous winning streaks this season. Roger Matalonga set the pace this spring as he started out winning eight-straight dual matches. Paul Warkentin is looking to tie or surpass Matalonga's streak with a current seven-match winning streak of his own. Daniel Andrus has the next longest with a five-match winning streak, while the team has managed to string together six other four-match winning streaks.
Sweeping the Devils: After already securing a sweep over California for the first time in school history, Arizona looks to do take two from the Sun Devils as well. Arizona has to look back to 1994 since the last time they have swept ASU in a season. That season, Arizona swept the Devils during the regular season as well as earning a victory in the first round of the NCAA Regional in Corpus Cristi, Texas. Arizona won all three matches, 4-3.