Tucson, Ariz. ?- In their toughest match of the season, the No. 47 Arizona men’s tennis team (8-9, 1-3 Pac-10) fell to No. 16 Stanford (11-7, 3-1 Pac-10), today at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. After clinching the doubles point early, the Wildcats lost, for only the third time after winning the doubles point, to Stanford, 4-3.
Beginning action on the day, the Wildcats top pair of No. 15 senior Colin O’Grady and junior Roger Matalonga fell for only the third time this spring to the No. 3 pair of Sam Warburg and KC Corkery, 8-5. Turning things around and winning for the first time this spring together, senior Paul Warkentin and junior Daniel Andrus defeated Phil Sheng and Jon Wong, 8-5. Clinching the doubles point for the Wildcats, the freshman duo of Bruno Alcala and Claudio Christen defeated James Wan and Eric McKean, 8-5.
Hoping to win their biggest match of the year, the Wildcats needed to come out of the gates firing against the Cardinals, however their top four proved to be too much today. First to finish, in the No. 2 position, No. 47 Matalonga fell to No. 33 Corkery, 4-6, 2-6. One court over, Matalonga’s doubles partner, O’Grady fell to No. 2 Warburg, 4-6, 4-6. After going up early in the first set 5-2, Andrus fell in a tough match to No. 91 Sheng, 6-7 (8-6), 1-6.
Needing a rapid turn around in competition, the Wildcats needed to win the last three matches of the day, trailing the Cardinals, 3-1, at this point. Helping turn things around, redshirt freshman Jason Labrosse defeated a tough Phil Kao, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). This match ended on a penalty enforced to Kao after he was overturned three times in today’s match. In the toughest match of the day, with several series of 10-15 volleys apiece, Warkentin fell to Wan, 5-7, 3-6. Finishing off on a positive note, Alcala defeated McKean, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, to finish competition on the day.
The Wildcats head back out on the road next week, Friday, April 8, as they will face off against No. 13 Washington, with first serve scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, the Wildcats will finish off the weekend against Oregon, with a scheduled start time of 1 p.m.
No. 47 Arizona 3, No. 16 Stanford 4
- No. 3 Warburg/Corkery (Stan) def. No. 15 Matalonga/O’Grady (UA) ?- 8-5
- Andrus/Warkentin (UA) def. Sheng/Wong (Stan) ?- 8-5
- Alcala/Christen (UA) def. Wan/McKean (Stan) ?- 8-5
- No. 2 Sam Warburg (Stan) def. Colin O’Grady (UA) ?- 6-4, 6-4
- No. 33 KC Corkery (Stan) def. No. 47 Roger Matalonga (UA) ?- 6-4, 6-2
- James Wan (Stan) def. Paul Warkentin (UA) ?- 7-5, 6-3*
- No. 91 Phil Sheng (Stan) def. Daniel Andrus (UA) ?- 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
- Bruno Alcala (UA) def. Eric McKean (Stan) ?- 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3
- Jason Labrosse (UA) def. Phil Kao (Stan) - 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
* Denotes Clinching Match
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4, 6, 3, 5