Back at Home:No. 32 Arizona (3-1) will play host this weekend to the University of California - Santa Barbara (2-0), Feb. 5, at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, the Wildcats will host No. 75, New Mexico State (0-2), at 11:00 a.m.
Last Time Out: The Arizona Men’s Tennis team traveled to Tulsa for two very tough matches. Friday, Jan. 29, the Wildcats were upset by then-No. 32 Oklahoma State (3-0), 5-2. Saturday, Jan. 30, the Wildcats were able to rebound and beat then-No. 60 University of Tulsa, 4-3.
Scouting UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos come into this weekend with a 2-0 record, prior to Feb. 1, with two decisive victories to begin the year. This year, on the singles court, the Gauchos will be led by one of their seniors, Alex Anselme, who has started the year at 2-0. Last year earned All-Big West First Team honors. In doubles, the Gauchos are expected to be led by the doubles pair of sophomore Nick Brotman and junior Ivan d’Argence. Tuesday, Feb. 1, Santa Barbara will be facing off against the No. 2 UCLA, in Los Angeles, at 1:30 p.m.
Scouting New Mexico State: The No. 75 Aggie come into this weekend’s match after starting the season with a 0-2 record. Two weeks ago, New Mexico State fell in two touch matches to the Wildcat’s previous competitors, losing to Oklahoma State, 1-6, and to the University of Tulsa, 0-7. The Aggie Men bring with them a very young team, having four juniors along with four freshman. The Aggie’s will come to Tucson after competing against Arizona State, Friday, Feb. 4.
Series History: The Wildcats hold a 13-1 record, against New Mexico State, in the all-time series. Against the Gauchos, the Wildcats hold a 9-3 record, defeating them Feb. 8, 2004, 5-2.
Ranked Cats: The Arizona Wildcats enter the week losing six spots to No. 32 as administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Wildcats are 3-1 on the season.
Stacked Pac: Arizona will once again compete against several of the top programs in the nation this spring. All eight of the participating Pac-10 schools find themselves ranked in the preseason polls. Coming into the spring,
Pac-10 schools have once again had an impressive ranking stand out this week with the following rankings; UCLA No. 2, Stanford No. 7, Arizona No. 32, Univ. of Washington No. 18, Arizona State Univ. No. 33, and the Univ. of Oregon No. 50.
Quick Starts: Arizona is on pace to improve on its non-conference record from last season. With Arizona’a mark 3-1, so far this season, they are 3 matches shy of tying thier last two seasons mark of 6-1. A quick start is always important for Arizona so taht they can gain momentum for the Pac-10 season.
Homestands: Every time that Arizona is at home it is valuable time. After this weekend the Wildcats will not return to their home courts until March 8, where they will compete against University of Memphis, and then compete against two Pac-10 powerhouses USC and UCLA on the weekend. Arizona will take full advantage of what little time they have home this weekend.
Strength of Schedule: Along with the ever-daunting task of competing in the Pac-10, Arizona will face some tough opponents on the road that will give them great experience for down the road.
Up Next: The Wildcats will be back on the road, Friday, Feb 11, facing off against Stanford, first serve at 1:30 p.m.. On Sunday, Feb. 12, the Wildcats will compete against California, first serve at 1:00 p.m.