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    Familiar faces ahead in men’s tournament

    Arizona senior Roger Matalonga returns a serve during Arizonas match against Washington, Sunday April 9, 2006. (chris coduto/arizona daily wildcat)
    Arizona senior Roger Matalonga returns a serve during Arizona’s match against Washington, Sunday April 9, 2006. (chris coduto/arizona daily wildcat)

    2006 pac-10 championships

    Five members of the No. 43 Arizona men’s tennis team have been selected by their coaches to represent the Wildcats this weekend in the Pacific 10 Conference Championships at Ojai, Calif., today through Sunday.

    While some of the players have been here before for Arizona (12-9, 3-4 Pacific 10 Conference), it will be the first time for others.

    “”I’m pretty excited,”” redshirt freshman Peter Zimmer said of his first opportunity to compete at the event.

    Senior captain Roger Matalonga said the guys are especially excited after last weekend’s win against No. 55 ASU in Tempe.

    “”It’s always a fun tournament to play in,”” Matalonga said. “”It’s a more relaxing tournament.””

    Each player will compete in singles and then four of the five will pair up for doubles.

    Senior Jeff Groslimond will continue to compete with sophomore partner Claudio Christen. Sophomore Bruno Alcala and Zimmer will be the other pair competing in doubles.

    The only player not competing in doubles is senior Roger Matalonga.

    “”I’m hoping to get into the NCAA’s and All-American (in singles),”” Matalonga said. “”The first two day matches will help.””

    The Wildcats have seen these faces before and may know what to expect when they have to go up against their opponents.

    Already having seen these players helps going into the match because the team already knows their styles, Zimmer said.

    But players can be placed in different spots in their lineup, which leads to players competing against those who they didn’t go up against previously, Matalonga said.

    “”Different guys in the lineup means that a No. 4 could be playing in the No. 1 slot,”” Matalonga said. “”They might want to beat you depending on ranking and will compete harder.””

    The tournament comprises the eight schools that have men’s tennis teams in the conference, all except Oregon State and Washington State, which don’t field teams. There will be 32 participants vying for the title of best tennis player in the singles draw, with each school allowed to have four athletes compete in the draw.

    In the doubles draw, there will be 16 pairs, with each school having two representatives.

    The players will find themselves playing some of the best in singles, considering 13 of the 32 are ranked in the top 125. Matalonga is included in this elite group at No. 47.

    “”I’m hoping for good results,”” Matalonga said.

    In doubles, the competition doesn’t get any easier. There are a total of six pairs out of 16 competing that are ranked in the top 60.

    Newly ranked pair Groslimond and Christen are in the mix after being ranked No. 54.

    “”We want to enjoy the four days,”” Matalonga said.

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