Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men's Tennis Hosts California, Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 09, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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This Week: Arizona (7-3) will return home to face Pac-10 rivals No. 30 California and No. 12 Stanford. The Wildcats are 6-0 at home this season. They will look to continue their undefeated streak on Friday, March 10, when they face the Bears at 1:30 p.m. Arizona will take on Stanford on Saturday, March 11, at 1 p.m. Only the second time these teams meet will it count towards Arizona’s Pac-10 record. 


Last Time Out: Arizona split its matches last the weekend. The Wildcats lost to No. 32 Boise State, 5-2, on Friday. Arizona ended its three-match losing streak on Sunday, defeating No. 73 William and Mary, 4-1.


Scouting California: The No. 30 Bears (4-3) are led by Conor Niland. Niland is ranked No. 16 in singles, boasting a 7-0 record.


Scouting Stanford: The No. 12 Cardinal (6-1) lost for the only time this season when it fell at Baylor on Feb. 27, 5-1. Stanford features two ranked players, Matt Bruch at No. 9 and KC Corkery at No. 18.


Series History: This is the 50th meeting between the Wildcats and Bears. The Wildcats are 13-36 in the series. Arizona and Stanford have played 56 times. The Wildcats have claimed only two victories in the series.


Hot and Cold: Sophomore Bruno Alcala is 4-5 so far this season. In the nine matches he has played, all have been decided in two sets with no tie breakers occurring.


Stepping Up at Three: Sophomore Claudio Christen is 7-0 when playing at the No. 3 spot. In two matches at No. 4, Christen is 0-2.


Solid Seniors: Arizona’s three seniors are a combined 14-7. Roger Matalonga and Jeff Groslimond are both 7-3 at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively. Both have been honored by being named Pac-10 Player of the Week.


Match Point Matalonga: In Arizona’s match against UC Santa Barbara, 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 win 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 7-3 at the two spot, while Claudio Christen is 7-0 at the No. 3 position. In doubles, Arizona is a combined 15-5 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: Arizona moves up to No. 43 in the rankings after splitting its matches over the weekend. Roger Matalonga moves up to No. 42, while Jeff Groslimond falls out of the rankings. Doubles rankings will be released tomorrow, March 9.


Stacked Pac: The Pac-10 is difficult again this year with five teams beginning the season ranked in the top 25. UCLA is the defending national champion and is led by Benjamin Kohlloeffel’s No. 3 singles ranking. Along with UCLA, Stanford, Washington and Arizona opened the spring season with both a singles and doubles pair ranked.


Home Court Advantage: Arizona’s schedule this season includes 15 home matches. All but two of its non-conference matches will be played in Tucson. Seven of these matches will be against teams that finished in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings last season.


Next Match: Arizona hosts Portland next Friday, March 17, at 1 p.m. The Wildcats then face San Diego State at home on Sunday, March 19, at noon.

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