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Arizona Men?s Tennis to Host No. 9 USC, and No. 8 UCLA
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 10, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Pac-10 Challenge: No. 42 Arizona (7-4) will host No. 9 USC (6-5), Friday, Mar. 11, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 12, the Wildcats will finish off against No. 8 UCLA (12-2), with first serve at 1:30 p.m.

 

Last Time Out: The Arizona men’s tennis team competed at home, Tuesday, Mar. 8, against the Memphis Tigers. After losing the first doubles match, the Wildcats took over winning the remaining two doubles matches, along with five of the six singles matches. Overall the Wildcats defeated the Tigers, 6-1, to move to 7-4 on the season.

 

Scouting USC: The Trojans are coming off an impressive upset over then No. 4 UCLA on Tuesday, Mar. 1, at home. After losing the doubles point, and the first singles match, the Trojans were able to rally and beat the Bruins, 5-2. The Trojans return seven players from last year’s squad in which they earned a trip to the NCAA Semifinals, compiled a 23-4 record, and earned a share of the Pac-10 title. In singles, the Trojans are led by No. 24 sophomore Jamil Al-Agba and No. 54 senior Drew Hoskins, who together have compiled a 11-8 record this season. In doubles, the Trojans are led by Johan Berg and Al-Agba who have made their debut this week in the ITA rankings at No. 25. The Trojans come into this weeks match winning three of their last four, with their only loss coming to then No. 11 Stanford.

 

Scouting UCLA: The Bruins are coming off just their second loss of the season on Mar. 1, dropping a 5-2 decision to then No. 17 USC. UCLA has dropped four spots in this week’s poll to the No. 8 position, due to last week’s loss to USC. This year, the Bruins are led by No. 14 sophomore Benjamin Kohlloeffel and No. 9 junior Luben Pampoulov. So far on the season, Kohlloeffel has compiled a 12-3 record, while Pampoulov has earned a 9-4 record. The story for the Bruins this year is their play against ranked opponents. In all, UCLA players own a 31-23 record when facing ranked opponents this season. Along with their impressive singles play, Kohlloeffel and Pampoulov have come together on the doubles court, as they have compiled a 10-4 record, earning them the No.44 ranked spot by the ITA in the Mar. 8 poll. In addition to their top two players, UCLA has three other ranked players which include No. 95 junior Alberto Francis, No. 66 freshman Philipp Gruendler, and No. 49 Krzysztof Kwinta. After this weekend, the Pac-10 counting matches will begin, as Arizona will visit UCLA Mar. 25.

 

Series History: The Wildcats, going into this weekend, hold an all time series record of 15-35 against the Trojans, including a 14-match winning streak held by USC. The Wildcats go into Saturdays match, having never beat UCLA, with an all time series record of 0-54.

 

Pac-10 Warm-up: These matches this weekend will be the final warm-up matches for the Wildcats against Pac-10 opponents. Upon return from spring break, the Wildcats will travel to California to face off against top ranked Pac-10 teams, UCLA and USC. This weekend will be key for the Wildcats as they step into the heart of the Pac-10 season.

 

Ranked Cats: The Wildcats fell thirteen spots from last weeks poll, to the No. 42 spot, in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Wildcats are 7-4 on the season.

 

Stacked Pac: Arizona will once again compete against several of the top programs in the nation this spring. All eight of the participating Pac-10 schools were ranked in the preseason polls. In this week’s poll, here’s how the Pac-10 schools rank: UCLA No. 8, USC No. 9, Stanford No. 11, Washington No. 14, California No. 31, Arizona State No. 33, Arizona No. 42, and Oregon No. 52.

 

Up Next: The Wildcats will take two weeks off before heading to California, Friday, Mar. 25, taking on No. 8 UCLA, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, the Wildcats will conclude the weekend against No. 9 USC with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m. These matches will be the first towards Pac-10 standings.

 

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