Arizona Men’s Tennis Opens Spring Season
Getting Started: The Arizona men’s tennis team
opens the 2004 season at the University of Hawaii, on Tuesday, Jan. 11. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Tennis Center. Arizona is set to have its home opener against Northern Arizona, on Sunday, Jan. 16. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Scouting Hawaii: The Rainbow Warrirors return nine men from last year’s squad as well as adding three new members. Two of the top returnee’s for the Warriors include Dalibor Ptak, who went 6-5 in the fall, and Bryon Weinberg, who finished the fall with a 8-4 record.
Scouting Northern Arizona: The Lumberjacks return six men from last year’s squad as well as adding three new members. The Lumberjacks hope to be led this season by there quad of seniors, Jeremy Coll, Jonas Jegers, Jamie Maxwell and Thibault Schram.
Series History: The Wildcats hold a 4-0 record, against Hawaii, in the all-time series. Against the Lumberjacks, the Wildcats hold a 18-1 record, with a win over them last year 7-0.
Starting It Off: The Wildcats look to start the season on the right foot hoping for success from its veteran players as long as some newcomers. Seniors Colin O’Grady and Paul Warkentin, along with junior Roger Matalonga, look to use there experience over the past couple of season’s to lead the Wildcats deep into the NCAA Tournament this upcoming May. In addition to those returning players, Arizona is looking at some of its incoming freshman to jump right into the recent sucuss of the Wildcat program. Freshman Bruno Alcala, after finishing an impressive fall season with an 11-1 record, is being thrown right into the mix and is expected to put up some good numbers for the Wildcats this season, getting the number three spot to start it off.
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 had an impressive fall ranking stand out with the following rankings; UCLA No. 2, Stanford No. 7, Arizona No. 23, Univ. of Washington No. 26, Arizona State Univ. No. 31, and the Univ. of Oregon No. 52. Come Tuesday, Jan. 12, when spring rankings come out, the Pac-10 will show there strength and how tough of a conference it is to be in.
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.