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Wildcats Fall for the First Time at Home
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/11/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- No. 43 Arizona (7-4) was unable to overcome the strong singles play of California (5-3) and the gusty winds as it fell to No. 30 California, 5-2. This is the first loss the Wildcats have suffered at home this season.

 

“We did a good job coming out in doubles with a lot of energy,” said assistant coach Cory Hubbard. “We played well in the tough conditions. A few points here or there was the difference in the match.”

 

The Wildcats had a strong start to the day, sweeping the doubles matches. On court one, Jeff Groslimond and Claudio Christen upset 42nd-ranked Tyler Browne and Conor Niland, 8-5. The pair was down 2-5 before claiming the next six points to win the match. After two straight losses, Bruno Alcala and Peter Zimmer rebounded with a 8-5 win over Cal’s Lennart Maack and Dean Wallace. Their victory secured the doubles point for Arizona. Roger Matalonga and Francois VanderMerwe completed the sweep by defeating Daniel Sebescen and Eoin Heavey, 7-6 (7-0).

 

Christen and Zimmer were the first Wildcats to fall in singles. Christen lost to Maack in the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 6-2. Ken Nakahara then gathered Cal’s second point with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Zimmer.

 

Groslimond was the only Wildcat to win in singles. He defeated Browne in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Matalonga, Alcala and Jason Labrosse were all unable to win in their respective positions.

 

Arizona will return to the courts tomorrow, March 11, to take on Stanford at 1 p.m.

 

No. 30 Southern California 5, No. 43 Arizona 2

Doubles

  1. Groslimond/Christen (UA) def No. 42 Niland/Browne (Cal) ?- 8-5
  2. Matalonga/VanderMerwe (UA) def Heavey/Sebescen (Cal) ?- 7-6 (7-0)
  3. Alcala/Zimmer (UA) def Wallace/Maack (Cal) ?- 8-5

Singles

  1. No. 16 Conor Niland (Cal) def No. 42 Roger Matalonga (UA)  ?- 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
  2. Jeff Groslimond (UA) def No. 105 Tyler Browne (Cal) ?- 6-4, 6-4
  3. Lennart Maack (Cal) def Claudio Christen (UA) ?- 6-3, 6-2
  4. Daniel Sebescen (Cal) def Bruno Alcala (UA ) ?- 7-5, 6-3*
  5. Eoin Heavey (Cal) def Jason Labrosse (UA) ?- 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
  6. Ken Nakahara (Cal) def Peter Zimmer (UA) ?- 6-2, 6-4

* Denotes Clinching Match

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

 

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