This Week for the Wildcats: After taking a week off, the No. 64 Arizona Wildcats (2-4) head to
Last week: The Wildcats had last week off, but were in action the week before at home against two ranked opponents. On Feb. 12
Against Cal-Berkeley: The Golden Bears hold a favorable record against the Wildcats. Overall, they are 38-13 against
Scouting the Golden Bears: Cal-Berkeley men’s tennis team has had an up and down season. After winning their first three matches of the spring season, the Golden Bears dropped their next four. Heading into Friday’s match against
Against Stanford: In their all-time match history against Stanford the Wildcats are 2-56.
Scouting the Cardinals: As the alma-mater of tennis legend John McEnroe and the current No. 1 doubles team in the world of Bob and Mike Bryan, Stanford has historically been recognized as one of the nation’s strongest collegiate tennis programs. The Cardinals entered the season ranked No. 9, but were unable to live up to those lofty expectations, losing their first six matches of the spring season. Last weekend, they picked up their first victory of the season 4-3 against the No. 26 University of Miami.
Wildcats in the Rankings: After upsetting No. 60 Louisiana-Lafayette, the Wildcats have jumped eight spots in the rankings to No. 64. Junior Claudio Christen is the only ranked singles player for
Jubilant Jason: In the midst of a four-match losing streak, the Wildcats needed someone to step up and produce in the clutch. Junior Jason Labrosse did just that in a three-set thriller to secure an upset against Jorge Delgado of Louisiana-Lafayette. Struggling with a recent abdominal strain, Jason spent the first set figuring out to adjust his style of play in order to compensate for his weakened serve. He dropped the first 7-5, but from that point he took over, winning the final two sets 6-2, 6-1. As Jason nears towards full physical recovery he will be a valuable asset to the Wildcat team. His effort on the court and his support of others has garnered him the respect of his teammates and coaches. Bruno Alcala said, “He’s a fighter. If a match is tied 3-3, you can almost always assume that Jason is the last one on the court. We’re confident with him in that position.”
Fall Action: Fall tournament results were sporadic for
Pac-10 Elite: Once again the Pac-10 is the premier conference in the nation for men’s tennis. In the current rankings perennial powerhouse UCLA ranks the highest among Pac-10 teams at No. 6.
Next Week: The Wildcats return home to