UA postseason hopes clouded after being swept in Bay Area

By Kevin Clerici
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 15, 1996

After being knocked off by No. 2 Stanford and No. 15 California over the weekend, the Arizona men's tennis team returns home down, but not out, of the NCAA Tournament picture.

The Wildcats (10-8 overall, 2-7 in the Pacific 10 Conference) will have to win their NCAA Regional to get to the NCAA Tournament.

The top eight ranked teams in the nation, according to the ITA/Rolex point system, get automatic bids to the tournament. The remaining spots are determined by eight regionals, with the winner of each going on.

"Our goal was to make the top 16, but now we are going to have to win it in regionals to get to the NCAA Tournament," sophomore Mike Mackay said.

The Wildcats will most likely play in the West Regional in Las Vegas on May 3-5.

"We want to be playing our best at regionals because that is when it is most important," senior Chris Jenkins said.

Against Cal on Saturday in Berkeley, the Wildcats lost 5-2.

The Wildcats lost all four of their singles' matches in three sets. UA's Henrik Wagner, playing with a sprained finger on his right hand, lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to Bobby Mahal at the No. 2 position.

Nathan Jackmon defeated Arizona senior Vuk Tapuskovic 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 at No. 4, and Minh Le beat Ed Schwartz 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the sixth spot.

Arizona's No. 1, Jan Anderson, beat Casey Louie 6-2, 6-3, and Tom Haugland won 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 over Chris Santoso for the Wildcat victories.

"Everyone battled hard, but those are matches that we need to win (the three setters). Now we have to concentrate on regionals," Jenkins said.

On Friday, UA senior Ed Schwartz defeated Stanford's Grant Elliot 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 for the sole win in the Wildcats' 6-1 loss to the Cardinal.

Jenkins took Jim Thomas to three sets before losing 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.

The rest of the team lost in two sets, and the doubles teams were swept by Stanford.

"We have done a great job all year at rebounding from tough losses," Jenkins said.