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Arizona Men?s Tennis Off to a 5-0 Start
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/19/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- No. 58 Arizona claimed it fourth win over a ranked opponent today defeating No. 67 Fresno State, 5-2. This victory gives Arizona a 5-0 record and equals their best start to the season since 2002. The Wildcats started the day well, winning all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. In the No. 1 spot, sophomore Claudio Christen and senior Jeff Groslimond defeated Fresno State’s Sergiu Moduc and Sam Gibbs, 8-5.

On the next court, senior Roger Matalonga and senior Daniel Andrus played in their first match together since starting the season at No. 26 in the doubles rankings. The pair made an impressive debut defeating the Bulldogs’ Jakub Cech and Rudolf Siwy, 8-3. Sophomore Bruno Alcala and redshirt freshman Peter Zimmer were then able to complete the sweep at doubles by overcoming Sam Tadevosian and Charles Irie, 7-6 (7-3).

“The way the guys came out in doubles set the tone for the day,” said assistant coach Cory Hubbard. “One and two got off to a great start and had great energy.”

In singles play, Arizona struggled at first. Alcala fell to Fresno State’s Irie, 2-6, 4-6. In the No. 1 position, No. 18 Matalonga lost for the first time all season 2-6, 3-6 to Cech. Groslimond was able to reclaim the momentum for the Wildcats defeating Moduc, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). Sophomore Jason Labrosse won at the No. 5 spot against Tadevosian, 6-2, 7-5.

Zimmer clinched the match for the Wildcats, defeating Jordi Ballester, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5). On court 3, Christen was able to claim Arizona’s fifth point by overcoming Siwy, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-4), 10-5.

“We battled hard today just like we have every match this season and we were able to come out with the ?'W’,” said Labrosse.

The Wildcats return to the LaNelle Robson Center tomorrow, Feb. 19, to face No. 51 Texas A&M Corpus Christi at noon.

No. 58 Arizona 5, No. 67 Fresno State 2

Doubles

  1. Groslimond/Christen (UA) def Moduc/Gibbs (Fresno State) ?- 8-5
  2. Matalonga/Andrus (UA) def Cech/Siwy (Fresno State) ?- 8-3
  3. Alcala/Zimmer (UA) def Tadevosian/Irie (Fresno State) ?- 7-6 (7-3)

Singles

  1. Jakub Cech (Fresno State) def No. 18 Roger Matalonga (UA) ?- 6-2, 6-3
  2. Jeff Groslimond (UA) def Sergiu Moduc (Fresno State) ?- 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
  3. Claudio Christen (UA) def Rudolf Siwy (Fresno State) ?- 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 10-5
  4. Charles Irie (Fresno State) def Bruno Alcala (UA) ?- 6-2, 6-4
  5. Jason Labrosse (UA) def Sam Tadevosian (Fresno State) ?- 6-2, 7-5
  6. Peter Zimmer (UA) def Jordi Ballester (Fresno State) ?- 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)*

* Denotes Clinching Match

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

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