This Week for the Wildcats: The University of Arizona men’s tennis team (2-6) returns home for one match this upcoming week as they host No. 74 UNLV. The match will take place on March 3 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center and is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. (MST).
Last week: The Wildcats traveled to California to take on two of the nation’s top teams from the Pac-10. On Feb. 23 Arizona dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 33 Berkeley (6-4). The following day they faced No. 27 Stanford (3-6) at their home in Palo Alto, Calif. The dual was close, with each team winning three singles matches. The Cardinals, however, were able to initially win the pivotal doubles point, which gave them the $-3 victory.
The Wildcats had last week off, but were in action the week before at home against two ranked opponents. On Feb. 12 Arizona dropped a close one to No. 73 Santa Clara 4-3. That was the beginning of a five-match win
Against UNLV: This will be the first meeting on the tennis court between the Wildcats and the Rebels.
Scouting the Rebels: UNLV was not included in the most recent edition of the ITA Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings after sitting at No. 74 for the majority of the spring season thus far. The Rebels recently ended a three-match losing streak last weekend with a 5-2 victory over UC Irvine. UNLV is led by sophomore Elliot Wronski, who was recently included in the ITA’s singles rankings at No. 87. Wronski has a compiled a 5-2 record this spring and was recently named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week.
Wildcats in the Rankings: Previously ranked No. 64 in last week’s rankings, the Wildcats have fallen out this week after their two losses over the weekend.
Zimmer’s a Winner: A bright spot for Arizona this past weekend was the play of sophomore Peter Zimmer. Zimmer, a Tucson native, comprised the team’s best record in the fall at 7-3. Against Cal, Arizona’s only point in the dual came from Zimmer at the No. 4 spot. In the final match of the day, he defeated Kallim Stewart in a tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets. Zimmer continued his strong play the following day previous day to rack up a win at the No. 4 spot against Stanford’s Fevin Kaiser.
Fall Action: Fall tournament results were sporadic for Arizona, with some players falling in the early rounds while others pulled out unexpected victories. The Wildcats ended their tournament schedule on a high note as Bruno Alcala and Claudio Christen teamed up to reach the semifinals of the ITA West Regional Championships. The team’s only sophomore, Tucson’s own Peter Zimmer, compiled the best record through the fall at 7-3. Christen pulled the biggest upset of the fall, defeating Baylor’s Michal Kokta, who was No. 23 in the nation at the time.
Pac-10 Elite: Once again the Pac-10 is the premier conference in the nation for men’s tennis. In the current rankings perennial powerhouse UCLA ranks the highest among Pac-10 teams at No. 5. Washington is next at No. 15 with Stanford and Cal-Berkeley not far behind at No. 27 and No. 33, respectively. Arizona State is No. 45, slightly ahead of the No. 69 Oregon Ducks. The Wildcats are currently one of the bubble teams on the outside looking in.
Next Week: The Wildcats will remain at home next weekend to square off against two unranked opponents. On Thurs. March 8 beginning at 1 p.m. (MST) the Wildcats will take on the University of Memphis (3-4). Two days later on March 10, the University of Denver pioneers (5-3) travel to Tucson to take on the Wildcats at 10 a.m. (MST). Both matches will take place at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.