Arizona Men’s Tennis Travel To Tulsa
On The Road:The Arizona men’s tennis team will be traveling to the University of Tulsa, on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the University of Tulsa Tennis Center, to compete against two tough opponents. On Saturday, the Wildcats are set to face No. 32 Oklahoma State, in a netural site match up, with first serve expected to be around 1:00 p.m. On Sunday, the Wildcats face off against No, 60 Tulsa, first serve at 10:00 a.m.
Scouting Oklahoma State: The Cowboys will return five of its letter-winners from last year’s squad as well as adding one new member to their squad. Included in those five returning players are seniors No. 44 Mark Van Elden and No. 117 Boris Kuharic, and junior No. 115 Tomas Bohunicky. The Cowboys will bring with them a 3-0 record, with 4-1 victories over No. 39 University of Louisville and No. 22 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Scouting Tulsa: The Golden Hurricanes come into this weekend’s match after starting the season with a 7-0 record. Last weekend, Tulsa went 3-0 defeating No. 30 Louisville, 4-1, and also defeating Oral Roberts and New Mexico State, 7-0. Leading the Golden Hurricanes this season will be senior Achim Roth, and junior Aleksander Charpantidis, and sophomore Ricardo Soriano. Tulsa will be well rested for their match against Arizona on Sunday, as the Wildcats are the Golden Hurricanes only opponent this weekend.
Series History: The Wildcats hold a 1-0 record, against Oklahoma State, in the all-time series. Against the Golden Hurricanes, the Wildcats hold a 1-0 record.
Last Up: On Jan. 11, the Wildcats opened their 2005 season against the University of Hawaii. Arizona eased through both the doubles and singles matches, winning 7-0 in their season opener, at Hawaii. Later in the week, on Jan. 16, the Wildcats went up against Northern Arizona University, minus their top two, No. 58 Roger Matalonga and Colin O'Grady. The Wildcats struggled through doubles, winning only one of the three matches, but came back in singles, taking the match 5-2. Leading the Wildcats, against NAU, freshman Bruno Alcala won his doubles match, with partner Paul Warkentin, 8-6, in addition to winning his singles match, in the No. 1 position, 7-6 (3), 6-2. In Palm Springs, Calif., Matalonga and O’Grady finished up play at the National Colliegate Tennis Classic, as Matalonga was runner up in singles competition, and with teammate O’Grady, they shared the runner up award in the doubles competition.
Ranked Cats: The Arizona Wildcats enter the week ranked No. 26 as administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Wildcats are 2-0 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 had an impressive fall ranking stand out with the following rankings; UCLA No. 2, Stanford No. 7, Arizona No. 23, Univ. of Washington No. 26, Arizona State Univ. No. 31, and the Univ. of Oregon No. 52. Come Tuesday, Jan. 12, when spring rankings come out, the Pac-10 will show there strength and how tough of a conference it is to be in.
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 home next weekend, Saturday, Feb 5, facing off against the University of California Santa Barbara, first serve at 10:00 a.m.. On Sunday, Feb. 6, the Wildcats will compete against New Mexico State, first serve at 11:00 a.m.