Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men's Tennis Travels to San Diego
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 02, 2005
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Out on the Road: No. 29 Arizona (6-3) will travel to San Diego, Calif., to face-off against the No. 53 San Diego Toreros at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, at the USD West Courts. Also, the Wildcats will be participating in the 116th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament, Mar. 4-6, in La Jolla, Calif.

Last Time Out: The Arizona men’s tennis team traveled to Tempe, Ariz., to face off against intrastate rival No. 26 Arizona State (4-2). The Wildcats opened up strong against the Sun Devils taking two of the three doubles matches to secure the doubles point. Starting out in singles competition, the Wildcats had lost two of the first three matches, before rallying to take a 5-2 victory over the Sun Devils. The win improved the Wildcats record to 6-3 on the year.

Scouting San Diego: The Toreros come into the weekend with a 1-3 record, having not played for two weeks due to inclement weather. San Diego’s last match was its 5-2 victory over St. Mary’s on Feb. 13 in San Diego. Not only was that its first victory of the year, it was also head coaches Tom Hagedorn’s 100th victory at San Diego. This year, the Toreros are led by junior No. 8 Pierrick Ysern. Ysern, after a succesful fall season which included a semifinal showing at the Icy Hot/ITA All American Championships and a quarterfinal showing at the ITA Intercolliegate Indoor Championship, has found himself ranked as high as No. 5 so far this year. In doubles play, Ysern teams up with fellow Frenchman Nic Beuque, as the duo has so far struggled this year, with a 0-4 record. San Diego hopes to retain its momentom from their first win and upset the Wildcats this week.

Pacific Coast Doubles: Following the match with San Diego, the Wildcats will head across town to La Jolla, Calif. for the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament, Mar. 4-6, at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The tournament, which is in its 116th year of existence, features many current and former collegiate players, along with some juniors. Since it is an "open" tournament, the results from this weekend will not count in the individual player statistics for the season.

Series History: The Wildcats hold an all-time series record of 17-5 against the Toreros. Last season, the Wildcats took the dual-matches against San Diego, defeating the Toreros 6-1, March 7, in Tucson.

Ranked Cats: The Wildcats jumped five spots from last weeks poll to the No. 29 spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Wildcats are 6-3 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. 4, Stanford No. 13, USC No. 17, Washington No. 21, California No. 28, Arizona No. 29, Arizona State No. 33, and Oregon No. 49.

Road Trips: Road trips seem to be a repeating thing for the Wildcats this season. This will be the end of a long road trip for the Wildcats. The Wildcats have been on the road for the past three weekends.

Up Next: The Wildcats will return home next Tuesday, March 8. Arizona host the University of Memphis prior to a tough weekend. Friday, March 11, the Wildcats will take on No. 17 USC, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, the Wildcats conclude the weekend against No. 4 UCLA with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m.


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