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Arizona Defeats USC for Only Second Time in Program History
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/01/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- No. 47 Arizona defeated No. 51 Southern California, 4-3. This is only the second time in 71 meetings that the Wildcats have been able to beat the Trojans. Arizona’s one prior win came in a 5-4 decision on April 4, 1981. The Wildcats were able to win the doubles point by taking down two ranked pairs and then split the singles matches to edge out USC.

 

“We came out in doubles and the guys did a great job, especially in No. 1 doubles,” said assistant coach Cory Hubbard. “They got down a break but were able to battle back. The point was big because USC’s strength is doubles. I’m so proud of the guys and glad that the seniors got a chance to beat USC.”

 

In doubles, Jeff Groslimond and Claudio Christen defeated Jamil Al-Agba and Dejan Cvetkovic, the 45th-ranked doubles pair, 8-6. Roger Matalonga and Francois VanderMerwe’s 8-5 victory over 53rd-ranked Jeff Kazarian and Kaes Van’t Hof claimed the doubles point for Arizona. Bruno Alcala and Peter Zimmer fell in a close match to Adam Loucks and Garret Snyder, 8-6.

 

In singles, the Trojans’ Cvetkovic tied the score with his win on court two over Groslimond, 6-2, 6-1. Arizona went ahead again after Jason Labrosse was able to defeat Chong Wang in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. The Wildcats came one point closer to winning with Christen’s 6-4, 6-1 win over Loucks in the No. 4 spot.

 

In the No. 6 position, Zimmer fell to Kazarian, 7-5, 6-2. Then on court one, Matalonga was able to win the deciding point for the Wildcats defeating Al-Agba, 6-1, 6-2.

 

“My freshman year against USC it was 3-3 and I lost the deciding match at home,” said Matalonga. “Since then we haven’t had a chance to beat them. I knew I had to win today.”

 

With the match settled, Van’t Hof was able to overcome Alcala in a two set tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 10-4.

 

Arizona will host defending national champion UCLA tomorrow, April 1, at 1 p.m.

 

No. 47 Arizona 4, No. 51 USC 3

Doubles

  1. Groslimond/Christen (UA) def #45 Al-Agba/Cvetkovic (USC) ?- 8-6
  2. Matalonga/VanderMerwe (UA) def #53 Kazarian/Van’t Hof (USC) ?- 8-5
  3. Loucks/Snyder  (USC) def Alcala/Zimmer (UA) ?- 8-6

Singles

  1. No. 58 Roger Matalonga (UA) def No. 88 Jamil Al-Agba (USC) ?- 6-1, 6-2*
  2. Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) def Jeff Groslimond (UA) ?- 6-2, 6-1
  3.  Kaes Van’t Hof (USC) def Bruno Alcala (UA) ?- 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 10-4
  4. Claudio Christen (UA) def Adam Loucks (USC) ?- 6-4, 6-1
  5. Jason Labrosse (UA) def Chong Wang (USC) ?- 6-2, 6-1
  6. Jeff Kazarian (USC) def Peter Zimmer (UA) ?- 7-5, 6-2

* Denotes Clinching Match

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

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