By Brian Penso
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday Feb 1, 2002
The UA men's tennis team is set to prove that last year's success was not a fluke as it kicks off the season against San Diego at the Robson Tennis Center today at 1:30 p.m.
The Wildcats finished last season 12-9, good enough for a return to the postseason for Arizona.
After losing in the first round to Georgia Tech, junior Tom Lloyd said the No. 40 Wildcats are motivated to return to the postseason and improve upon the successful season of a year ago.
"After last year, we come in with a lot of confidence," Lloyd said. "We realize that people are going to be gunning for us. We can't look over anyone."
Arizona's match against San Diego marks the beginning of a 10-match homestand which sophomore Whi Kim said will be an exciting time for the Wildcats.
"Last year, everyone underestimated us," Kim said. "Everyone that comes to Tucson will be gunning for us. All teams will be ready for us because they know what an advantage we have at home."
Individually, UA is led by senior Steven Capriati, who is No. 68 in the nation and No. 17 in the West region.
Lloyd and Kim are the No. 1 doubles team for Arizona with a No. 7 West region ranking.
UA assistant coach Bob Helmig said rankings are not important because the Wildcats have a desire to win.
"We have a real sense of confidence from our success from last season," Helmig said. "We have a commonality with each team we play and that is that we have a desire to win every time we step on the court."
Helmig said he is looking forward to seeing how Arizona responds to playing in its first team meet of the season.
"I am anxious to see all of our guys go out and battle," Helmig said. "We are all healthy right now and I am excited to see them in the heat of battle."