Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Look End Losing Skid
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 12, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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This Week: Arizona (7-5) will enter its second week of its five week home stand. The Wildcats will take on Portland on Friday, March 17, and will then face San Diego State on Sunday, March 19. Both matches will be at 1 p.m. This is the first time since the second week of competition that Arizona will face unranked opponents.


Last Time Out: Arizona was unable to overcome tough conditions over the weekend in falling to both California and Stanford. The Wildcats lost 5-2 against the Bears and then were defeated 5-1 by the Cardinal.


Scouting Portland: The Pilots (5-8) have dropped their last three straight matches. Over the last 10 matches, only three Portland players have posted .500 records in singles play.


Scouting San Diego State: The Aztecs (3-4) are also facing a three-match losing streak. The team is led by 112th-ranked Markus Dickhart and 49th-ranked pair Christian Groh and Stephan Timu.


Series History: This is the first meeting between the Wildcats and Pilots. Arizona and San Diego State have played on 23 previous occasions. The Wildcats are 20-3 in the series.


Hot and Cold: Sophomore Bruno Alcala is 5-6 so far this season. In the eleven matches he has played, all have been decided in two sets with only one tie breaker occurring.


Stepping Up at Three: Sophomore Claudio Christen is 7-2 when playing at the No. 3 spot. In two matches at No. 4, Christen is 1-1.


Solid Seniors: Arizona’s three seniors are a combined 15-10. Roger Matalonga and Jeff Groslimond are 7-5 and 8-4 at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively. Both have been honored by being named Pac-10 Player of the Week.


Match Point Matalonga: In Arizona’s match against UC Santa Barbara, Roger Matalonga was able to fight off 11 match points to earn his victory over Nick Brotman. The win also gave the Wildcats a 4-3 win over the Gauchos.


By Position: The Wildcats have had very solid play from the No. 2 and No. 3 positions in both singles and doubles. Jeff Groslimond is 8-4 at the two spot, while Claudio Christen is 7-2 at the No. 3 position. In doubles, Arizona is a combined 17-5 at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.


Fall Finishers: Redshirt freshman Peter Zimmer led the Wildcats with a 10-4 record in the fall, including a win streak of six matches. Roger Matalonga and Claudio Christen also had solid showings in the fall season, going 9-4 and 8-3, respectively. Three pairs posted winning records for Arizona in the fall. Daniel Andrus was a part of two of those pairs that included Matalonga and Francois VanderMerwe. Christen and Zimmer made up the third pair.


Wildcats in the Rankings: Roger Matalonga remains ranked No. 42 in singles. Team rankings will be released on Tuesday, March 16.


Stacked Pac: The Pac-10 is difficult again this year with five teams beginning the season ranked in the top 25. UCLA is the defending national champion and is led by Benjamin Kohlloeffel’s No. 3 singles ranking. Along with UCLA, Stanford, Washington and Arizona opened the spring season with both a singles and doubles pair ranked.


Home Court Advantage: Arizona’s schedule this season includes 15 home matches. All but two of its non-conference matches will be played in Tucson. Seven of these matches will be against teams that finished in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings last season. So far this season the Wildcats are taking advantage of their schedule posting a 6-2 record at home.


Next Match: Arizona will only have one match next weekend. The Wildcats will host in-state rival Arizona State on Saturday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m.

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