Wildcats Wrap Up Home Schedule
This Week: Arizona (10-6, 1-1) finishes up its 2006 home schedule with two Pac-10 matches. The Wildcats face Oregon at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, Arizona’s last home match of the season will be at noon on Sunday, April 9, against No. 33 Washington.
Last Time Out: Arizona made history last Friday defeating Southern California for only the second time in 71 meetings. The Wildcats were able to win the doubles point by taking down two ranked pairs and then split the singles matches to edge out USC. Arizona struggled against ninth-ranked UCLA last Saturday, falling 7-0.
Scouting Oregon: The Ducks (6-12, 0-2) have lost their last four matches. They were swept in their last match against California, 7-0. Oregon has one ranked player, No. 77 Markus Schiller.
Scouting Washington: The Huskies (13-4, 0-1) lost their Pac-10 opener to Stanford, 7-0. It was the second straight time that Washington was swept. The Huskies were unable to claim any points in their match against Pepperdine. Washington features two ranked singles players and one ranked pair. Alex Slovic, the No. 32-ranked singles player, leads the Huskies. Slovic and partner Daniel Chu are ranked No. 33 as a pair.
Series History: This is the 12th meeting between the Wildcats and Ducks. Arizona is 9-2 in the series. Last season, the Ducks won the Pac-10 match 5-2 in Eugene, Ore. This is the 20th meeting between Arizona and Washington. Arizona leads the series 10-9. Last season the Wildcats fell to the Huskies, 5-2, in Seattle, Wash.
Solid Seniors: Arizona’s three seniors are a combined 19-13 this season. Roger Matalonga and Jeff Groslimond are both 9-6 at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively. Matalonga has been honored as Pac-10 Player of the Week twice this year. Groslimond has received the honor once.
Match Point Matalonga: In Arizona’s match against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 2, Roger Matalonga was able to fight off 11 match points to earn his victory over Nick Brotman. The win also gave the Wildcats a 4-3 victory over the Gauchos.
By Position: The Wildcats have had very solid play from the No. 2 and No. 3 positions in both singles and doubles. Jeff Groslimond is 9-6 at the two spot, while Claudio Christen is 8-2 at the No. 3 position. In doubles, Arizona is a combined 22-8 at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.
Fall Finishers: Redshirt freshman Peter Zimmer led the Wildcats with a 10-4 record in the fall, including a win streak of six matches. Roger Matalonga and Claudio Christen also had solid showings in the fall season, going 9-4 and 8-3, respectively. Three pairs posted winning records for Arizona in the fall. Daniel Andrus was a part of two of those pairs that included Matalonga and Francois VanderMerwe. Christen and Zimmer made up the third pair.
Wildcats in the Rankings: Roger Matalonga moved up to No. 43 this week in the rankings. The team continued to move up, in the rankings this week to No. 39. This is the team’s highest rankings, since it was ranked No. 29 on March 1, 2005.
Stacked Pac: The Pac-10 is difficult again this year with three teams currently ranked in the Top 25: No. 11 UCLA, No. 12 Stanford and No. 24 California. UCLA, the defending national champion, features first-ranked singles player Benjamin Kohlloeffel.
Home Court Advantage: Arizona’s schedule this season included 15 home matches. All but two of its non-conference matches were played in Tucson. Seven of those matches were against teams that finished in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings last season. So far this season, the Wildcats are taking advantage of their home schedule posting a 9-3 record in Tucson.
Next Match: Arizona will go on the road for the first time in five weeks to continue Pac-10 play. The Wildcats will travel to California to face No. 12 Stanford on Friday, April 14, before facing No. 24 California on Saturday, April 15.