Out on the Road: No. 33 Arizona (5-1) will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to face off against No. 7 Stanford (4-0), Feb. 11, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, the Wildcats will face off against California (2-1), at 1:00 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Arizona Men’s Tennis team defeated two worthy challengers this weekend at home. Saturday, Feb. 5, the Wildcats defeated the University of California - Santa Barbara (2-3), 5-2. Sunday, Feb. 6, the Wildcats continued their strong start this season defeating New Mexico State (0-4), 6-1.
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinals come into this weekend with a 4-0 record, with with small amounts of difficulty to begin the year. This year, on the singles court, the Cardinals will be led by their two powerhouses. Junior KC Corkery, comes into this weekend with an indvidual ranking of No. 15, is expected to help lead the Cardinal team this season. With the No. 4 ranking in the country, senior Sam Warburg, will be the Cardinal captain after receiving the 2004 NCAA Doubles Champion, 2004 PAC 10 Player of the Year, 2004 All-Pac-10, along with 2004 ITA Player to watch awards. In doubles, the Cardinals will be led by the nationally ranked No. 2 pair of Sam Warburg and KC Corkery, bring with them a 15-2 record through the 2004-05 season.
Scouting California: The No. 26 Golden Bears come into this weekend’s match after starting the season with a 2-1 record. The Golden Bears come off a 4-2 victory over the No. 45 University of San Diego, this past weekend. This year, the Golden Bears are led by a pair of their juniors, No. 27 Lennart Maack and No. 21 Conor Niland, as the bring a 4-1 combined record into this weekend. On the doubles court, the Golden Bears will bring the No. 30 pair of Conor Niland and Patrick Briaud.
Series History: The Wildcats hope to break a 2-50 record, against Stanford, in the all-time series, losing to them on April 10, 2004, 6-1. Against the Golden Bears, the Wildcats hold a 10-35 record, defeating them Feb. 26, 2004, 4-3.
Ranked Cats: The Arizona Wildcats enter the week losing six spots to No. 33 as administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Wildcats are 5-1 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 find themselves ranked in the preseason polls. Coming into the spring,
Pac-10 schools have once again had an impressive ranking stand out this week with the following rankings; UCLA No. 2, Stanford No. 7, Arizona No. 32, Univ. of Washington No. 18, Arizona State Univ. No. 33, and the Univ. of Oregon No. 50.
Quick Starts: Arizona is on pace to improve on its non-conference record from last season. With Arizona’a mark 5-1, so far this season, they are 1 matches shy of tying thier last two seasons mark of 6-1. With two wins this weekend the Wildcats hope to continue their sucess as they head into the Pac-10 season. In addition to the Wildcat sucess, junior Colin O’Grady looks to extend his unbeaten streak as he goes into the weekend with a 4-0 record.
Road Trips: Road trips seem to be a repeating thing for the Wildcats this season. To start of the Pac-10 season, the Wildcats will be on the road for the next four weekends against some worthy opponents. It will be key for the Wildcats this season to have some good sucess on the road this year as they head towards College Station, Tex., on May 20.
Strength of Schedule: Along with the ever-daunting task of competing in the Pac-10, Arizona will face some tough opponents on the road that will give them great experience for down the road.
Up Next: The Wildcats will be back on the road, Saturday, Feb 19, facing off against New Mexico, in Malibu, Calif., first serve at 1:00 p.m.. On Sunday, Feb. 20, the Wildcats go up against Pepperdine, first serve at 1:00 p.m.