No. 24 Arizona Men's Tennis Team Prepares for Pac-10 Championships
April 20, 2004
Up Next:The No. 24 Arizona men's tennis team (14-8, 3-4) will hit the road again this up-coming weekend for the Pacific-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., from April 22 through the 25.
Pac-10 Championships: The Pac-10's eight men's teams head to Ojai, Calif., Thurs., April 22 through Sun., April 25, to decide the league's singles and doubles champions. The 32-player men's singles draw shall consist of four student-athletes from each school, and the 16-team doubles draw shall consist of two doubles teams from each school. A ranked singles player will represent each school this week with the Pac-10 boasting 20-ranked men. In doubles there are eight ranked teams from six different schools competing for the doubles trophy.
Ojai History: The Ojai, as it is known in tennis circles, is the oldest amateur tennis tournament in the United States and has been interrupted only five years since its inception - in 1924 by hoof and mouth disease and four years during World War II. Pac-10 schools have competed in intercollegiate events in 92 of The Ojai's 102 tournaments beginning in 1911. Championship medals are awarded in both singles and doubles and the winner's names are inscribed on permanent trophies displayed each year at the tournament. Last year's singles winners was UCLA's Marcin Matkowski, while USC's Parker Collins and Daniel Langre won the doubles competition.
Last Up: Arizona traveled up to Tempe, Ariz., to face the No. 34 ASU Sun Devils. Arizona fell once again in the doubles point to the Sun Devils. Arizona's lone win in doubles came on court three where sophomore Tim Mullane and senior Whi Kim defeated Brio and McBride on court six, 8-3. In singles, the Cats came out swinging, winning five of six matches to clinch the team victory over their intra-state rivals. Paul Warkentin extended his winning streak to eight matches with a win over Nick Hegarty, 7-5, 6-4. Roger Matalonga earned his 22nd win as he defeated Chris Stewart, 6-4, 6-4. Colin O'Grady clinched the match with his win over Clinton Letcher, 6-4, 6-4, on court three. Whi Kim rounded out the final win with another, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Christopher Biro.
Ranked Cats: The Arizona Wildcats exit the eleventh-ranking period in the No. 24 spot, as administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Arizona lost one spot after defeating No. 34 Arizona State, 5-2.
Ranked Roger...Still: Sophomore Roger Matalonga gained 12 spots as Matalonga moved to the No. 84 ranking in the April 20 ranking period from No. 96 for the April 6 period. Matalonga is 22-9 overall, 17-6 this spring and 6-6 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
Moving Up: Junior Colin O'Grady and Roger Matalonga have refused to drop in the rankings. The tandem has earned the No. 35 position for the April 20 ranking period. The pair has earned a 15-8 overall record along with a 5-7 Pac-10 mark. The pair is 7-7 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.
34. Arizona State
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 one shy of Capriati's record of 23 in 2002. If Warkentin manages to win one 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 a couple 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 matched the eight-match streak with his win at Arizona State on April 17. 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.
Ojai Match-ups: The pair of Roger Matalonga and Colin O'Grady are scheduled to face Berg and Biasella of USC in the first round of the tournament. This season, Matalonga and O'Grady have split their matches against the duo from USC. Arizona won the first match, 8-4, while falling, 8-5, in the second. Competing in the main draw for Arizona will be Senior Whi Kim, junior Colin O'Grady, and sophomores Daniel Andrus and Roger Matalonga. In the invitational rounds, Arizona will send, junior Paul Warkentin, sophomore Tim Mullane, and freshmen Nate Cochrane and Zach Bromberg. On the doubles side of the competition Arizona will send two teams, Kim and Tom Lloyd as well as Matalonga and O'Grady. In the invitational doubles round, Tim Mullane and Daniel Andrus received a bye in the first round. Results can be found at Ojai Tournament Results