Staff Reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 20, 1998

Non-conference opponents test men's tennis team

UA's men's tennis team hopes the prospects of two non-conference teams will swing them past the .500 mark.

Marquette (3-1) and San Diego (2-0) will test the concentration of the men's tennis team this weekend at the Robson Tennis Center.

UA plays Marquette Friday afternoon at 1:30 and San Diego at noon on Saturday.

"Marquette has three very good players. I'm expecting a tough match," UA head coach Bill Wright said. "This is the first time we've played them since I've been here."

Arizona (2-2) has utilized Utah and Texas-El Paso, two non-conference teams, to improve on early losses to Pacific-10 Conference powers Southern Cal and UCLA.

After this weekend's action, the Wildcats commence a grueling Pac-10 schedule against Arizona State.

"Everybody's thinking about ASU, but everyone is focusing on Marquette and San Diego first and foremost," junior Pascal Salasca added.

-Michael Isaac Jacobs

Men's golf team struggling in Hawaii

The Arizona men's golf team started slowly Wednesday in the first round of the John A. Burns Intercollegiate golf tournament held in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

The Wildcats find themselves in a tie for ninth place with BYU. UA shot even-par 288, which leaves the team six strokes back of the leader and defending champion, Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys lead the three-round tournament at 6-under par 282, while UNLV and Oklahoma are tied for second at five-under par 283.The leader in the individual competition is Doug La Belle of New Mexico who shot a six-under par 66.

For the Wildcats, senior Rory Sabbatini is leading the way. He is tied for 18th place (one-under par 71) in the individual competition.

Following Sabbatini are freshmen Tim Weiss and junior Andy Barnes, who are both tied for 25th place at even-par 72.

-Mike Jenkins

Arizona's track team returns to Flagstaff's high altitude

Two weeks after the Tri-meet in Flagstaff, the Arizona track and field team will again send some athletes up north this weekend.

This time, a smaller group of 12 to 15 UA athletes will be competing in the NAU Invitational at the Skydome.

The men's squad is led by senior Dominic Johnson, who won't start in his usual event, the pole vault. He will, however, compete in the 400-meter, long jump and shot put.

"We want to give him some practice in these disciplines for the decathlon," said UA head coach Dave Murray.

Seniors Chima Ugwu and Doug Reynolds, who have already set automatic qualification marks earlier this season, will compete in Flagstaff.

Murray is using the 55 meter dash to see whether freshman Leon Callen is in shape after football in the fall.

-Roland Lechner

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