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20070131 Wildcats Hope to Regain Winning Form
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Release: 01/31/2007
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<DIV class=Section1><FONT size=2><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>This Week for the Wildcats:</STRONG> No. 61 Arizona (1-1) heads to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Albuquerque</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">N.M.</st1:State></st1:place> for matches on back-to-back days against No. 63 Nebraska and No. 73 New Mexico. Both matches will be played at the UNM Tennis Complex on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, respectively.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><STRONG> </STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>Last week:</STRONG> The <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> men&rsquo;s tennis team opened the season with a victory over <st1:place w:st="on">Northern Arizona</st1:place> 6-1. Two days later the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season to No. 58 Saint Mary&rsquo;s <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">College</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">California</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> 4-1. In singles, Junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014">Bruno Alcala</A></A> earned <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> its only point of the match at the No. 4 spot. Alcala defeated Andrea Zannoni in straight sets 7-5, 6-1. Three of the other four matches went to three sets, all ended in favor of SMC. The win propelled previously unranked Saint Mary&rsquo;s to No. 58 in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><STRONG> </STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>Against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Nebraska</st1:place></st1:State>:</STRONG> This is only the third meeting between the Wildcats and the Huskers. <st1:State w:st="on">Nebraska</st1:State> has never defeated <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><STRONG> </STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>Scouting the Huskers:</STRONG> After dropping its first match of the season to No. 60 Oklahoma, the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Nebraska</st1:place></st1:State> men&rsquo;s tennis team defeated Loyola Marymount 6-1 on Saturday to make its record an even 1-1. Their match against No. 45 Fresno State was canceled due to rain. The Huskers are led by <SPAN class=b1><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-ansi-font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">senior Adrian Szatmary, who is ranked No. 78 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.</SPAN></SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><STRONG> </STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>Against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State>: </STRONG>Since 1960, this will be the fortieth time the Wildcats and Lobos have met on the court. Heading into the match this week, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> carries a favorable 32-7 advantage in the series. Last season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> won 6-1.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><STRONG> </STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>Scouting the Lobos:</STRONG> Heading into the 2007 spring season, the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> men&rsquo;s tennis team was unranked. That quickly changed after the Lobos upset BYU, who were ranked No. 73 at the time, 4-0 at the ITA Mountain Regional Championship. In their next match the Lobos faced No. 25 Boise State, losing to the Broncos 5-0. The Lobos are currently tied in the rankings at No. 73 with the University of the Pacific. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s No. 1 player, Junior Max Jones, has obtained a preseason singles ranking of No. 73. Including matches from the fall tournament season, Jones possesses an overall record of 22-7.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><BR style="PAGE-BREAK-BEFORE: always; mso-break-type: section-break" clear=all></SPAN></P></DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>Wildcats in the Rankings:</STRONG> The Wildcats fell 13 spots in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings this week to No. 61, down from their preseason position of No. 48. Junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019">Claudio Christen</A></A> is the only ranked singles player for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> at No. 86.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><STRONG> </STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>Brilliant Bruno:</STRONG><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"> </I>Junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014">Bruno Alcala</A></A> is a perfect 3-0 overall in the spring season thus far, standing alone as the only undefeated player on the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> roster. Through two singles matches he is yet to lose a set. Last week, Alcala earned the Wildcats only point in a tough loss to Saint Mary&rsquo;s <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">College</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">California</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><STRONG> </STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>Fall Action:</STRONG> Fall tournament results were sporadic for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, with some players falling in the early rounds while others pulled out unexpected victories. The Wildcats ended their tournament schedule on a high note as <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80014">Bruno Alcala</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80019">Claudio Christen</A></A> teamed up to reach the semifinals of the ITA West Regional Championships. The team&rsquo;s only sophomore, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City>&rsquo;s own <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=80020">Peter Zimmer</A></A>, compiled the best record through the fall at 7-3. Christen pulled the biggest upset of the fall, defeating Baylor&rsquo;s Michal Kokta, who was No. 23 in the nation at the time.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><STRONG> </STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN><STRONG>Pac-10 Elite:</STRONG> Once again the Pac-10 is the premier conference in the nation for men&rsquo;s tennis. In the current rankings perennial powerhouse UCLA ranks the highest among Pac-10 teams at No. 4. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> is next at No. 16 with Cal-Berkeley and Stanford not far behind at No.18 and No. 19, respectively. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> is No. 57, slightly ahead of the No. 61 Wildcats. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> is currently the only Pac-10 team not ranked, but finished last season at No. 70.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><STRONG> </STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><STRONG>Next Week:</STRONG> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will return home to square off against <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Santa Clara</st1:place></st1:City> and Louisiana Lafayette. The Wildcats will face the Broncos at 1 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, Feb. 10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will take on the Ragin&rsquo; Cajuns at noon (MST) on Sunday, Feb. 11.</SPAN></SPAN></FONT></P></DIV>
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