Coming Up:After traveling to Los Angeles last week, the No. 47 Arizona men’s tennis team will host No. 36 California on Friday, April 1, at 1:30 p.m. and No. 16 Stanford on Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m. This will be the second time that the Wildcats will face the two as the Golden Bears took the first match, 4-2, and the Cardinals defeated the Wildcats, 7-0, back in early February.
Last Time Out: The Arizona men’s tennis team traveled to Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 25, against the No. 5 UCLA Bruins. After falling behind early, the Wildcats were unable to recover falling to the Bruins, 7-0. Friday marked the first time this year that the Wildcats were unable to win any of the three doubles matches that were played. Saturday, Mar. 26, the Wildcats fell to No. 9 USC, 6-1. After losing only their second doubles match of the year, the No. 15 pair of senior Colin O'Grady and junior Roger Matalonga we’re able to win their doubles match pulling their record to 12-2 on the year. Newcomer, Claudio Christen in only his second Pac-10 match of the year, extended his Pac-10 record to 2-0 defeating Whit Livingston of USC.
Scouting California: The Golden Bears come into this weekend after opening up Pac-10 play last weekend with a 6-1 victory over No. 73 Oregon, and a 4-3 defeat at No. 19 Washington. In singles action, the Golden Bears are led this year by No. 19 Conor Niland (8-7, 1-1 Pac-10) and No. 59 Lennart Maack (3-4, 1-1 Pac-10), who have both occupied the top two spots for the Golden Bears this season. On the doubles side of things, the No. 11 duo of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland have compiled a 8-7 (1-1 Pac-10) record thus far this spring. In addition, the freshman sensation of Ken Nakahara leads Cal with 18 wins on the year, including a 10-4 record in dual match play, which has primarily come on courts five and six. The Golden Bears come into Friday’s match looking to bring themselves back to .500 as they have a 7-8 (1-1 Pac-10) record coming into this weekends match.
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinals come to the Old Pueblo after going 1-2 last week on the road, falling to No. 1 Baylor, 6-1, and No. 19 Washington, 5-2, before defeating No. 73 Oregon, 6-1. In one of the most anticipated singles match ups of the collegiate season, No. 1 ranked Benedikt Dorsch, of Baylor, defeated No. 2 Sam Warburg, 7-5, 6-2. In their upset loss to No. 19 Washington, Stanford was swept for the first time this season in doubles action. The Cardinals are led by their top three players, which include: No. 2 Sam
Warburg, No. 33 KC Corkery and No. 91 Phil Sheng. In doubles action, their top tandem of Warburg and Corkery who currently hold the No. 3 ranking as determined by the ITA leads the Cardinals.
Series History: The Wildcats, going into this weekend, hold an all time series record of 10-36 against the Golden Bears, having defeat them Feb. 26, 2004, 4-3. The Wildcats go into Saturdays match with an all time series record of 2-51.
Ranked Cats: The Wildcats gain three spots from last weeks poll, to the No. 47 spot, in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Wildcats are 7-8 on the season.
Stacked Pac: Arizona will once again compete against several of the top programs in the nation this spring. All eight of the participating Pac-10 schools were ranked in the preseason polls. In this week’s poll, here’s how the Pac-10 schools rank: UCLA No. 6, USC No.12, Washington No. 13, Stanford No. 16, California No. 36, Arizona State No. 38, Arizona No. 47, and Oregon No. 75.
Up Next: The Wildcats will be back on the road next weekend facing off against No. 13 Washington, Friday, April. 8, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, the Wildcats will conclude the weekend against No. 73 Oregon with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m.