This Week: The Arizona men’s tennis team (11-9, 2-4) closes out the regular season in Tempe, Ariz., where it will look to end its three-match losing streak when it takes on in-state rival No. 49 Arizona State. The Wildcats will face the Sun Devils at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, April 22.
Last Time Out: The Wildcats were only able to win one set against No. 15 Stanford, falling 7-0. Arizona was then swept by No. 24 Cal, 6-0.
Scouting Arizona State: The Sun Devils (8-13, 2-4) were also swept by the Northern California schools over the weekend. The team is led by No. 74 Jonathan Kinsella.
Series History: Arizona and Arizona State have played 92 previous times. The Wildcats hold a 57-35 advantage in the series. In this season’s earlier match-up, Arizona defeated Arizona State, 6-1.
Saluted Seniors: Roger Matalonga has been honored as Pac-10 Player of the Week twice this year. Jeff Groslimond has received the honor once.
Match Point Matalonga: In Arizona’s match against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 2, Roger Matalonga was able to fight off 11 match points to earn his victory over Nick Brotman. The win also gave the Wildcats a 4-3 victory over the Gauchos.
Fall Finishers: Redshirt freshman Peter Zimmer led the Wildcats with a 10-4 record in the fall, including a win streak of six matches. Roger Matalonga and Claudio Christen also had solid showings in the fall season, going 9-4 and 8-3, respectively. Three pairs posted winning records for Arizona in the fall. Daniel Andrus was a part of two of those pairs that included Matalonga and Francois VanderMerwe. Christen and Zimmer made up the third pair.
Wildcats in the Rankings: Roger Matalonga falls to No. 47 this week in the rankings. Jeff Groslimond and partner Claudio Christen enter the rankings for the first time all season at No. 55. As a team Arizona moved up one spot to No. 45. This is the first time since Feb. 22 that the team has had a singles player and doubles pair ranked.
Stacked Pac: The Pac-10 is difficult again this year with four teams currently ranked in the Top 25: No. 8 UCLA, No. 15 Stanford, No. 18 Washington and No. 23 California. UCLA, the defending national champion, features first-ranked singles player Benjamin Kohlloeffel. Kohlloeffel, along with Phillip Gruendler, are the second-ranked doubles pair. California’s Conor Niland is the third-ranked singles player. Stanford also has two singles players ranked in the Top 25.
Home Court Advantage: Arizona’s schedule this season included 15 home matches. All but two of its non-conference matches were played in Tucson. Seven of those matches were against teams that finished in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings last season. The Wildcats took advantage of their home schedule posting a 10-4 record in Tucson. Arizona is 1-5 away from home.
Next Match: Arizona will compete in the Pac-10 tournament hosted by Stanford, beginning next Thursday, April 27.