Tempe, Ariz. ?- The Arizona men’s tennis team was in action today, Friday, Feb. 25, at Whiteman Tennis Center, against intrastate rival Arizona State. After clinching the doubles point, the Wildcats took four of the six singles matches to defeat the Sun Devils, 5-2.
The Wildcats took the early lead against the Sun Devils, as they took two of the three doubles matches to earn the first point. First to finish in doubles, at the No. 3 position, junior Tim Mullane and freshman Claudio Christen defeated Christopher Biro and Nick Hegarty, 8-5. Finishing soon after, the No. 22 pair of senior Colin O'Grady and junior Roger Matalonga, clinched the doubles point for the Wildcats, defeating, Andy Colombo and Jonathan Kinsella, 8-6. Finishing up doubles competition, in the No. 2 position, junior Daniel Andrus and freshman Bruno Alcala fell to Clinton Letcher and Mike Beatty, 9-8 (2).
In singles action, the Wildcats fell behind early losing two of the first three matches, as ASU came out strong. First to finish, No. 58 Matalonga defeated Colombo, 6-0, 6-1. A few courts over, Andrus fell in a tough match to Letcher, 6-1, 7-6(5). On court 3, senior Paul Warkentin fell to Kinsella, tying up team score, 6-4, 6-3.
Arizona soon regained the lead with a victory on court 6 as Christen, in the closet match of the day, defeated Beatty, 7-6(4), 7-6(3). With the score 3-2, Arizona clinched the dual match victory on court 1 as O’Grady, in his first mach in the No. 1 position, defeated Biro, 6-3, 7-6(8). Finishing up action, and extending his record to 7-2 on the season, redshirt freshman Jason Labrosse defeated Hegarty, 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-7.
The Arizona men’s tennis is back in action Thursday, March 3 as they will travel to the University of San Diego.
No. 34 Arizona 5, No. 26 ASU 2
1. No. 58 O’Grady/Matalonga (UA) def. Colombo/Kinsella (ASU), 8-6
2. Letcher/Beatty (ASU) def. Bruno Alcala/Andrus (UA), 9-8(2)
3. Christen/Tim Mullane (UA) def. Biro?Hegarty (ASU), 8-5
1. Colin O'Grady (UA) def. Christopher Biro (ASU) - 6-3, 7-6(8)
2. Roger Matalonga (UA) def. Andy Colombo (ASU) - 6-0, 6-1
3. Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) def. Paul Warkentin (UA) - 6-4, 6-3
4. Clinton Letcher (ASU) def. Daniel Andrus (UA) - 6-1, 7-6(5)
5. Jason Labrosse (UA) def. Nick Hegarty (ASU) - 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-7
6. Claudio Christen (UA) def. Mike Beatty (ASU) - 7-6(4), 7-6(3)