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Arizona Men?s Tennis To Host Memphis
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 08, 2005
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Back at Home: No. 29 Arizona (6-4) will host No. 73 Memphis (5-7), Tuesday, Mar. 8, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 11, the Wildcats will host No. 17 USC, at 1:30 p.m. Completing a long week, the Wildcats will finish off against No. 4 UCLA, Saturday, Mar. 12, first serve at 1:30 p.m.


Last Time Out: The Arizona men’s tennis team competed in only one dual match last week, Thursday, Mar. 3, against the No. 53 University of San Diego. After losing the doubles point, the Wildcats lost the match 2-5, taking only two singles matches and a lone doubles match. Last Friday, Mar. 4, the Wildcats began play at the 116th Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament, competing in two matches before rain halted play. Splitting the matches on Friday, the Wildcats concluded play on Saturday, Mar. 5, winning a total of six matches, out of the ten competed in, through the tournament.


Scouting Memphis: The Tigers come into this weekend with a 5-7 record, having lost last weekend to No. 5 Ole Miss, 6-1. This year, the Tigers are led by senior Alex Bucewicz, who was named Conference USA Player of the Week, for the week of March 1st. Receiving the honor for the third time in his career, over the past two weeks Bucewicz has gone 3-1 in singles action, including a win over the No. 22 ranked player of Fabrizio Sestini from Texas Christen University. In addition to Bucewicz, the Tigers are a very experienced team with five seniors on their roster. On the doubles court, the Tigers are led by their No. 58 ranked pair of James Spence and Scott Felsenthal, who have compiled a 6-3 record on the year. Memphis hopes to rebound from their lost against Ole Miss last week, as their match against Arizona marks the beginning to their spring trip this season.


Ranked Cats: The Wildcats jumped five spots from last weeks poll, to the No. 29 spot, in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Wildcats are 6-4 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 were ranked in the preseason polls. In this week’s poll, here’s how the Pac-10 schools rank: UCLA No. 4, Stanford No. 13, USC No. 17, Washington No. 21, California No. 28, Arizona No. 29, Arizona State No. 33, and Oregon No. 49.


Up Next: The Wildcats will begin the weekend, Friday, March 11, taking on No. 17 USC, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, the Wildcats will conclude the weekend against No. 4 UCLA with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m.


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