Tucson, Ariz. ?- In their second upset of the season, the No. 47 Arizona men’s tennis team (8-8, 1-2 Pac-10) defeated No. 36 California (7-9, 1-2 Pac-10), today at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. After clinching the doubles point early, the Wildcats we’re able to come out quickly in singles play, taking the first three singles matches to clinch the match before eventually winning, 5-2.
“We were due for a good win today. The guys have been playing really well all year and coming up just short. Today was the best I have seen our team mentally all year,” said assistant coach, Tad Berkowitz.
Beginning action on the day, the Wildcats top pair of No. 15 senior Colin O'Grady and junior Roger Matalonga, were able to start the Wildcats out on the right foot, upsetting the No. 11 pair of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland, 8-6. In their first win together this year, the freshman duo of Bruno Alcala and Claudio Christen clinched the doubles point defeating Daniel Sebescen and Ken Nakahara, 8-6. Rounding out doubles play, senior Paul Warkentin and junior Daniel Andrus fell to Lennart Maack and Dean Wallace, 9-8 (7-4).
Looking for their first win in nearly three weeks, the Wildcats knew they had to come out on the singles court firing, and they did so. First to finish, at the No. 2 position, No. 47 Matalonga defeated No. 59 Maack, 6-3, 7-5. Over on court 6, at the exact same time, redshirt freshman Jason Labrosse defeated John Pettit, 6-2, 6-2. With an 0-3 record thus far this spring on court No. 4, Andrus turned things around defeating Sebescen, 6-3, 6-2, clinching the victory for the Wildcats today.
“Everyone came to play today. We were upset a few weeks ago losing to them in California, and we looked to change things around today. We all played each point and that seemed to make the difference today,” said Andrus after the match.
Rounding out singles competition, on court No. 5, Alacala defeated the freshman sensensation, Nakahara, who had a 10-4 record this spring going into today, 6-4, 6-4. Just a couple of courts over, in a back and forth battle today, Warkentin fell to Briaud, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 11-9. Last to finish in the top position, O’Grady fell in a tough match to No. 19 Niland, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 .
The Wildcats will return to the courts tomorrow, Saturady, April 2, as they will host No. 10 Stanford, with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m.
No. 47 Arizona 5, No. 36 Cal 2
- No. 15 Matalonga/O’Grady (UA) def. No. 11 Niland/Briaud (Cal) ?- 8-6
- Maack/Wallace (Cal) def. Andrus/Warkentin (UA) ?- 9-8 (7-4)
- Alcala/Christen (UA) def, Sebescen/Nakahara (Cal) ?- 8-6
- No. 19 Conor Niland (Cal) def. Colin O'Grady (UA) ?- 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
- No. 47 Roger Matalonga (UA) def. No. 59 Lennart Maack ?- 6-3, 7-5
- Patrick Briaud (Cal) def. Paul Warkentin (UA) ?- 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 11-9
- Daniel Andrus (UA) def. Daniel Sebescen (Cal) ?- 6-3, 6-2*
- Bruno Alcala (UA) def. Ken Nakahara (Cal) ?- 6-4, 6-4
- Jason Labrosse (UA) def. John Pettit (Cal) - 6-2, 6-2
* Denotes Clinching Match
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 4, 5, 3, 1