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Wildcats Start Fall Play As They Head to Baltimore
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/12/2000
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This Week: The University of Arizona Men's Tennis team will travel to Baltimore, Md. to compete in the ITA Clay Court Championships, from Saturday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 24.

About the Wildcats: This season Arizona has four returning letterwinners-- senior Jari Niskala, juniors Bruno Aropovic and Brian Jackson, and sophomore Tom Lloyd.

Key returner Lloyd played most of the 1999-2000 season at the No. 6 spot. He finished the season 10-18 in singles play. Niskala helped the team at the 6th position, compiling a final record of 6-6.

Aropovic compiled a 1-1 record in Pac-10 play, while Jackson helped out in doubles play compiling a 4-6 record with partner Alex Aybar and a 3-3 record with partner Alex Brown.

Last Season: The University of Arizona men's tennis team finished the 1999-2000 season ranked No. 55 with an overall record of 10-11. In Pac-10 play the Wildcats finished 2-10 with wins over Arizona State (2/26) and California (4/14) finishing with a three way tie in fifth place.

Last season saw the Wildcats go on a four-match winning streak including three wins against teams that were ranked 14 or more spots higher than Arizona. The Cats clawed past Rice (2/20), 6-1, Texas Tech (2/25), 5-2, and Arizona State (2/26), 4-3.

The Cats said goodbye to three seniors, Jean-Noel LaCoste, Michele Stopa and Alex Brown. LaCoste finished the season 8-15 overall, while Stopa finished 10-18. Brown finished the season 17-13 overall and 13-8 in dual matches.

Head Coach: Bill Wright is entering his 15th year as the men's tennis coach at the University of Arizona. In his years at Arizona he has collected an overall record of 129-191. He is a 1960 graduate of Southern Methodist University and also has a law degree from Denver University.

Next Match: The Wildcats will continue fall play Saturday, October 7-15, at the ITA All-American Championships (location TBA).


1999-2000 Men's Tennis Final Results:
Singles 	  #1      #2      #3      #4      #5      #6      Pac-10  Dual    Overall
Bruno Aropovic    -       -       -       -       -       1-0     1-1     1-0     2-4
Alex Aybar        11-10   -       -       -       -       -       5-9     11-10   21-14
Alex Brown        -       -       1-0     4-5     5-2     3-1     4-9     13-8    17-13
Jean-Noel LaCoste -       6-9     0-2     -       -       -       2-10    6-11    8-15
Tom Lloyd         -       -       0-2     4-3     3-6     0-2     3-11    6-8     10-18
Caleb Marquardt   -       -       0-1     3-2     2-2     7-2     7-6     12-7    21-14
Jari Niskala      -       -       -       -       1-0     3-2     2-2     4-2     6-6
Michel Stopa      -       2-4     6-8     -       -       -       2-10    8-12    10-18

Doubles Aybar/Jackson - 0-1 4-5 - - - 1-5 4-6 4-6 Aybar/LaCoste 1-4 - - - - - 0-2 1-4 2-5 Aybar/Lloyd - - 2-3 - - - 1-3 2-3 2-3 Aybar/Marquardt - - 2-0 - - - 1-0 2-0 2-0 Brown/Jackson - 3-3 - - - - 2-3 3-3 3-3 Brown/Lloyd 0-2 5-8 - - - - 1-5 5-10 5-13 Stopa/Aropovic - - 0-1 - - - 0-1 0-1 0-1 Stopa/LaCoste 7-8 - - - - - 2-7 7-8 7-8 Stopa/Marquardt - - 2-3 - - - 0-2 2-3 2-3

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