No. 20 Arizona Men's Tennis NCAA First and Second Round Match Notes
May 6, 2004
Up Next:The No. 20 Arizona men's tennis team (14-8, 3-4) will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the NCAA Regionals, hosted by the Univeristy of Florida. The first round is scheduled for the May 15, while the second round will be competed on May 16.
NCAA Championships: The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee selected 30 automatic qualifers and 34 at-large bids for the 64-team field. The 64 teams are divided into 16 regions, each hosting four teams. The top-seeded region was awarded to No. 1-ranked Illinois. The other 15 regional hosts were Southern California, Baylor, UCLA, Duke, Virginia, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Stanford, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia Commonwealth, LSU, Tennessee, and Harvard, respectively.
Gainesville, Fla.: On May 15, Arizona will compete in the NCAA Regional, which will mark the third time in four years, the Wildcats have earned a post season nod. In 2002, the team missed the tournament, but sent senior Steven Capriati to the NCAA Singles Championships. Competing against Arizona in the first round will be Florida State. Also paired to compete in Gainesville are host team Florida and Central Florida. For live tournament updates visit: Live Updates
Florida State: This will be the first dual match in the two schools' history. Arizona faced a common opponent, Clemson Tigers on March 21. Arizona defeated Clemson, 6-1, in Tucson, Ariz. Leading the way for the Seminoles is No. 27-ranked Mat Cloer. Cloer has earned a 21-11 overall record as well as 6-2 record in ACC play. Jonathas Sucupira earned the No. 106-ranking and a 17-9 overall and 4-1 ACC record. Playing No. 1 doubles for FSU is the team of Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof. The tandem has earned a 26-9 overall record as well as 6-2 in ACC play. The Seminoles enter the NCAA Regional Championships on a six-match losing streak. FSU last won on March 21 against No. 4 Duke, 4-3. Against ranked opponents Florida State finished the season with a 6-10 mark.
Florida: The Gators earned the right to host the No. 7 seeded region after finishing the season ranked No. 8 by the ITA. Florida earned a 16-7 overall record and a 8-3 SEC record. Florida won the SEC East after defeating Arkansas, 4-3. The Gators have three ranked individuals, Hamid Mirzadeh leads the way with his No. 12 ranking. Janne Holmia and Vlad Obradovic earned the No. 76 and 87 rankings respectively, while Hamid Mirzadeh and Chris Brandi earned the No. 41 spot in doubles.
Central Florida:UCF earned a 15-8 overall record and a 8-0 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Central Florida is also ranked No. 71 by the ITA in the May 3 ranking period.
Last Up: Arizona traveled up to Ojai, Calif., to compete in the Pacific-10 Championships. Junior Colin O'Grady upset the No. 17-ranked Sven Swinnen of Oregon during the first round, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (2). Sophomore Roger Matalonga defeated Daniel Chu of Washington, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. During the Invitational Rounds, junior Paul Warkentin broke the 20-win barrier for the second time in his career, as he defeated Eric McKean of Stanford, 6-3, 6-2. Warkentin then went on to defeat Nick Hegarty of Arizona State, 7-5, 6-2, to collect 10-consecutive wins. In doubles, the No. 34-ranked O'Grady and Matalonga defeated No. 51 Berg and Biaselia of USCin the first round, 8-6.
Ranked Cats: The Arizona Wildcats exit the 14-ranking period in the No. 20 spot, as administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Arizona gained another spot after remaining idle since the completion of the Pac-10 Championships. Arizona started the season ranked No. 37 and fell to a season low ranking of 42. Since then the Wildcats rebounded and two weeks later found themselves in the top-25. Since March 9, Arizona has remained in the top-25 and broke into the top-20 for the first time this season on May 3.
Ranked Roger...Still: Sophomore Roger Matalonga earned the No. 77 ranking after the May 3 ranking period. Matalonga is 23-10 overall, 18-7 this spring and 7-7 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. 24 position for the April 20 ranking period. The pair has earned a 16-9 overall record along with a 6-8 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. 23 during the April 27 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. In addition to all eight schools being ranked, each team will be competing in the NCAA Championships, while UCLA, USC and Stanford are all No. 1 seeds.
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 23 wins this season, Matalonga has surpassed Anderson (20), Kim (20 in 2002), and has tied Marquardt (21) and Kim (21 in 2001). Matalonga has tied Capriati's record of 23 in 2002. With Warketins' 21-win season, Arizona has its first pair of 20 win seasons 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 and surpassed the eight-match mark with two wins in the Pac-10 Championships to earn a season high 10-match winning streak. 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.
Dancin': Arizona will send one doubles team this year to the NCAA Doubles Championships. The No. 23-ranked team of junior Colin O'Grady and sophomore Roger Matalonga will compete in the 32-team field in Tulsa, Okla., starting May 26 after the completion of the NCAA Team Championships.