This Week for the Wildcats: The No. 75 University of Arizona men’s tennis team (5-10) will remain in Tucson this week as they begin conference play against two ranked opponents. On Friday, the Wildcats host No. 55 Stanford (3-9) at 1:30 p.m. The following day, March 31, at noon, Arizona plays No. 48 Cal-Berkeley. Both matches will be held at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Complex.
Last week: Arizona only participated in one dual last week, squaring off against in-state rival No. 54 Arizona State (9-6). The Wildcats fell behind early and could not catch up in a 6-1 loss. All of the doubles matches were close, but ultimately Arizona State was able to sweep and capture a one-point advantage heading into singles. The lone Wildcat win came from freshman Alex Labrosse at the No. 6 spot. Labrosse defeated ASU’s Murilo Souza in a match decided by a tiebreaker after the players split the first two sets. Labrosse lost the first set 6-1, before bouncing back and pulling out the second 6-4. Labrosse won the ten-point tiebreaker 10-6 to win the match.
Against Stanford: Arizona faced at their home in Palo Alto, Calif. on Feb. 24 this spring. 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 4-3 victory.
Scouting the Cardinals: The Cardinals entered the season ranked No. 9, but were unable to live up to those lofty expectations, losing their first six matches of the spring season. They then reeled off three victories in a row, including wins over both Arizona and ASU. Since then, Stanford has lost their last three. On March 10 they were swept 7-0 by Cal.
Against Cal-Berkeley: The Golden Bears hold a favorable record against the Wildcats. Overall, they are 39-13 against Arizona. This includes a 6-1 victory over Arizona on Feb. 23.
Scouting the Golden Bears: Cal-Berkeley men’s tennis team has had an up and down season. After winning their first three matches of the spring season, the Golden Bears dropped their next four. They then proceeded to win their next six before dropping two last week. The Golden Bears are led by No. 19 Pierre Mouillon, who has amassed a 21-9 record dating back to the fall tournament season.
Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats have maintained there spot in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings as they remain in a tie at No. 75.
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 USC ranks the highest among Pac-10 teams at No. 9. Perennial powerhouse UCLA is not far behind at No. 11, with Washington next at No. 30. Cal-Berkeley and Arizona State are at No. 48 and No. 54, respectively. Stanford is No. 55, slightly ahead of the No. 75 Arizona Wildcats. Oregon is currently the only Pac-10 men’s tennis team not ranked.
Next Week: The Wildcats travel to California for a weekend in Los Angeles as they take on USC and UCLA, respectively. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will take place on consecutive days beginning April 6.