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No. 55 Arizona Men?s Tennis Defeats No. 64 New Mexico To Start 2-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 29, 2006
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Tucson, Ariz. ?- In Arizona’s second match of the spring season, the No. 55 Wildcats defeated No. 64 New Mexico, 6-1. The Wildcats split the first two doubles matches on the day. They were able to clinch the doubles point with a come from behind victory in the No. 3 doubles position. In that match, sophomore Bruno Alcala and redshirt freshman Peter Zimmer were down 7-3 before coming back to win the match 9-8 (7-5) over New Mexico’s Graeme Kassautzki and Eric Conklin.


The Wildcats only easy victory in singles came courtesy of Alcala playing in the No. 4 spot. He defeated Kamil Pajkowski in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. From there it got a lot tougher for Arizona. Sophomore Claudio Christen was the only other Wildcat to win his first set. Christen used that momentum to clinch the win for Arizona by defeating Kassautzki 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-1. Prior to Christen winning, sophomore Francois VanderMerwe gained the Wildcats third point of the day by defeating Chandler Brass, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.


“The guys competed really well and fought hard out there,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “The guys were ready to play. New Mexico came out to really good starts in both singles and doubles. The guys were able to counter and take the momentum.”


Arizona’s lone singles loss came in the No. 4 spot. Sophomore Jason Labrosse came back from being down one set  to win the second but was not able to overcome Conklin and lost the match 2-6, 7-5, 5-7. On court 2, senior transfer Jeff Groslimond was able to shake off a slow start and defeat Johnny Parkes, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.


Rounding out singles competition, on court No. 1, Roger Matalonga scored Arizona’s third come from behind singles victory defeating Max Jones 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (11-9).


While the Wildcats had a solid outing, they are not satisfied with where they are at yet but they were happy to get the win.


“We need to play better especially against teams that are ranked 60 in the nation,” said Matalonga. “We need to raise our level of play. Everyone will gain confidence from today because even though we didn’t play great we got the win.”


The Wildcats will return to the LaNelle Robson Center, Friday, Feb. 3, as they will host UC Santa Barbara, with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m.


No. 55 Arizona 6, No. 64 New Mexico 1


  1. Jones/Pajkowski (UNM) def Matalonga/Christen (UA) ?- 8-4
  2. Groslimond/VanderMerwe (UA) def Parkes/Bugby (UNM) ?- 8-3
  3. Alcala/Zimmer (UA) def Kassautzki/Conklin (UNM) ?- 9-8 (7-5)


  1. No. 18 Roger Matalonga (UA) def Max Jones (UNM) ?- 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (11-9)
  2. Jeff Groslimond (UA) def Johnny Parkes (UNM) ?- 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
  3. Claudio Christen (UA) def Graeme Kassautzki (UNM) ?- 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-1*
  4. Bruno Alcala (UA) def Kamil Pajkowski (UNM) ?- 6-4, 6-3
  5. Eric Conklin (UNM) def Jason Labrosse (UA) ?- 2-6, 7-5, 5-7
  6. Francois VanderMerwe (UA) def Chandler Brass (UNM) ?- 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

* Denotes Clinching Match

Order of Finish: 4, 6, 3, 5, 2, 1

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