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Men?s Tennis Sweeps Montana State in Home Opener
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 29, 2006
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Tucson, Ariz. ?- In Arizona’s first match of the spring season, the Wildcats swept Montana State. The Wildcats won the first two doubles matches to claim the doubles point before the third match was retired due to an Arizona injury. Arizona was then able to come out and claim the match early on with victories in the No. 4, 5 and 6 singles’ spots.


“I think we did really well today. We had a couple of tough situations with Daniel (Andrus) getting hurt and needing to win the 2 and 3 doubles,” said senior Roger Matalonga. “It was also really windy so we had to play good tennis. We did that especially our 4, 5 and 6.”


Beginning action on the day, the Wildcats third pair of senior Matalonga and redshirt freshman Peter Zimmer, were able to start the Wildcats out on the right foot, winning their match, 8-3 over Tejeshwara Chigateri and Jake Berriochoa. The sophomore duo of Bruno Alcala and Claudio Christen clinched the doubles point defeating Federico Ueltschi and Jakob Dybala, 8-6. Rounding out doubles play, top pair seniors Daniel Andrus and Jeff Groslimond retired due to injury.


Arizona’s No. 4, 5 and 6 singles came out strong. On court 6, sophomore Francois VanderMerwe defeated Jakob Dybala in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. Fellow sophomore Jason Labrosse also won in straight sets defeating Jake Berriochoa, 6-2, 6-1. The Wildcats’ success continued with sophomore Alcala, who easily defeated Kyle McDonald, 6-1, 6-2.


“I thought that the guys came out and competed well,” assistant coach Cory Hubbard said. “There was a little bit of nerves when the doubles started but the guys started playing better. The scores in the singles matches reflect that.”


Rounding out singles competition, on court No. 1, Matalonga defeated Federico Ueltschi, 6-2, 6-3. Just a couple of courts over, Christen was able to step in for the injured Andrus and defeat Tejeshwara Chigateri, 6-1, 6-3. The No. 2 singles match proved to be the toughest on the day for the Wildcats. Senior Jeff Groslimond narrowly defeated Marek Gebicki, 3-6, 6-2 (10-4), to complete the sweep.


The Wildcats will return to the Tucson Racquet Club, tomorrow, Jan. 28, as they will host New Mexico, with first serve scheduled for noon.


No. 55 Arizona 7, No. 69 Montana State 0


  1. Gebicki/McDonald (MSU) def Andrus/Groslimond (UA) ?- 6-6 ret. (inj)
  2. Alcala/Christen (UA) def Ueltschi/Dybala (MSU) ?- 8-6
  3. Matalonga/Zimmer (UA) def Chigateri/Berriochoa (MSU) ?- 8-3


  1. No. 18 Roger Matalonga (UA) def Federico Ueltschi (MSU) ?- 6-2, 6-3
  2. Jeff Groslimond (UA) def. Marek Gebicki (MSU) ?- 3-6, 6-2 (10-4)
  3. Claudio Christen (UA) def Tejeshwara Chigateri (MSU) ?- 6-1, 6-3
  4. Bruno Alcala (UA) def Kyle McDonald (MSU) ?- 6-1, 6-2
  5. Jason Labrosse (UA) def Jake Berriochoa (MSU) ?- 6-2, 6-1*
  6. Francois VanderMerwe (UA) def Jakob Dybala ?- 6-0, 6-2

* Denotes Clinching Match

Order of Finish: 4, 6, 5, 3, 1, 2

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