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20070417 Men?s Tennis Prepares for Final Home Match
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Release: 04/17/2007
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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This Week for the Wildcats: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> men&rsquo;s tennis team (5-16) will return to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> this week for its final home match of the season. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will still be looking for its first Pac-10 win as it attempts to upset in state rival No. 46 Arizona State (12-9). The match will take place on April 21 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Complex, and is scheduled to begin at noon.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last week: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats wrapped up a four-match road trip in the Northwest this past week, dropping their last two to the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> (10-12) and No. 31 Washington (15-6). On April 13, the Ducks downed <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 5-2. <SPAN style="COLOR: black">The Wildcats got off to a good start, winning two of the three doubles matches, and capturing a one-point advantage before heading into singles play. They then went up 2-0, before the Ducks fought back to even the score. Oregon&rsquo;s Marcos Verdasco put them in the lead after upsetting No. 106 <A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=8453&amp;SPID=531&amp;DB_OEM_ID=1600&amp;ATCLID=80019"></A><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019">Claudio Christen</A></A> 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on court one. At the No. 2 spot, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s <A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=8453&amp;SPID=531&amp;DB_OEM_ID=1600&amp;ATCLID=80014"></A><A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=8453&amp;SPID=531&amp;DB_OEM_ID=1600&amp;ATCLID=80014"></A><A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=8453&amp;SPID=531&amp;DB_OEM_ID=1600&amp;ATCLID=80014"></A><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014">Bruno Alcala</A></A> tried to keep the Wildcat&rsquo;s hopes alive, reaching a third set tiebreaker against Alexander Cornelissen. Cronelissen won the tiebreaker 7-5, clinching the match for the Ducks. Two days later, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> fell 6-1 to the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>. The Wildcat win came from Alcala</A>, who defeated Daniel Chu 2-6, 7-6 (7), 1(10-7) at the No. 2 position.</SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Currently, the Wildcats hold a favorable 58-36 advantage over the Sun Devils. In their last meeting on March 24, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> came out on top 6-1.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting the Sun Devils: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ASU got off to a strong start this spring, winning their first six matches. Since then, the Sun Devils have gone 6-9, including a 3-3 record in the Pac-10 with victories over No. 53 Stanford and No. 39 Cal-Berkeley. In its last match, <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> defeated <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State></st1:place> 5-2. The Sun Devils are led by No. 80 Juan Rebaza, who has amassed a 23-11 singles record this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Wildcats in the Rankings: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">All ties in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings have been broken. As a result, the Wildcats no longer remain tied for No. 75. <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019">Claudio Christen</A></A> is <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s only ranked singles player at No. 10<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P></DIV><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><BR style="PAGE-BREAK-BEFORE: always; mso-break-type: section-break" clear=all></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Fall Action: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Fall tournament results were sporadic for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, 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 <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014">Bruno Alcala</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019">Claudio Christen</A></A> teamed up to reach the semifinals of the ITA West Regional Championships. The team&rsquo;s only sophomore, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City>&rsquo;s own <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020">Peter Zimmer</A></A>, compiled the best record through the fall at 7-3. Christen pulled the biggest upset of the fall, defeating Baylor&rsquo;s Michal Kokta, who was No. 23 in the nation at the time.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Elite:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Once again the Pac-10 is the premier conference in the nation for men&rsquo;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. 10, with <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place> next at No. 31. Cal-Berkeley is No. 39 and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> is at No. 46, seven spots ahead of No. 53 Stanford. The Arizona Wildcats are currently one of the bubble teams on the outside. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> joins them as the only Pac-10 men&rsquo;s tennis teams not ranked.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Next Week: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> men&rsquo;s tennis team will be in action at the Pac-10 Championships in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Ojai</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place> The event begins on Thursday, April 26, and runs through April 29.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
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