Out on the Road:No. 34 Arizona (5-3) will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face-off against intrastate rival No. 26 Arizona State (3-1, 1-1 Pac-10), at 1:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 25, at Whiteman Tennis Center. The match will not count towards Pac-10 standings.
Last Time Out: The Arizona men’s tennis team traveled to southern California, only to get there and have both matches between New Mexico and Pepperdine, get washed out by continuous rain in the region. The Wildcats opened up Pac-10 competition Feb. 11-13, facing off against No. 7 Stanford and No. 26 California. Friday, the Wildcats lost the doubles point to No. 7 Stanford, before play was halted due to inclement weather. On Sunday, Feb. 13, play against Stanford was concluded, as the Wildcats fell 7-0. Saturday, Feb. 12, Arizona lost to the No. 26-ranked California Golden Bears, 4-2. Doubles matches were not played.
Scouting Arizona State: The Sun Devils come into this weekend with a 3-1 record, having not played for two weeks due to inclement weather. Arizona State has not played since their 4-3 victory over then No. 7 Stanford on Feb. 12 in Palo Alto, Calif. This year, the Sun Devils are led by junior No. 88 Jonathan Kinsella and sophmore Nick Hegarty. The duo has combined for a 7-1 record in singles play, with the only loss coming from Kinsella against No. 93 Phil Sheng of Stanford. In doubles play, Kinsella and sophomore Andy Colombo lead the Sun Devils at the No. 1 position they have compiled a 2-2 record thus far this season. ASU will face off against Northern Arizona at 1:30 p.m. on Wensday, Feb. 23, before facing off against the Wildcats on Friday.
Series History: The Wildcats hold an all-time series record of 54-30 against the Sun Devils. Last season, the Wildcats took both of the dual-matches against ASU, defeated the Sun Devils 6-1 in Tucson, and 5-2 in Tempe.
Ranked Cats: The Wildcats enter the week having not moved a single spot from last weeks poll, in the No. 34 spot, in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Wildcats are 5-3 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, heres how the Pac-10 schools rank: UCLA No. 4, Washington No. 15, Stanford No. 18, Arizona State No. 26, Arizona No. 34, and Oregon No. 48.
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 three weekends against some worthy opponents.
Up Next: The Wildcats will conclude their long road stand next Thursday, March 3. In their only match of the weekend, Arizona faces off No. 50 San Diego at 1:30 p.m. In addition to the San Diego match, the Wildcats will comepete at the Pac Coast Doubles tournament.