By Brian Penso
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday October 29, 2002
The Arizona men's tennis team had one last chance to prove themselves as individuals this past weekend as they concluded the fall individual season in the Omni Hotel Region VII South Championships.
Some players were able to make a statement, while others were physically unable to do so.
The weekend started off well for the Wildcats as they finished the first day of the tournament with seven singles and two doubles victories.
However, Arizona has battled injury and health problems this fall and these finally caught up with the team.
UA's top player, junior Whi Kim, advanced to the second round of the tournament, but he was forced to retire due to his continual battle with bronchitis.
Arizona's No. 2 player, senior captain Tom Lloyd, was once again out of action due to a bad back. Lloyd has not played a match during the fall season.
"It has been tough on Whi," sophomore Paul Warkentin said. "He has been suffering from bronchitis and it has caused him to retire from a lot of matches. Besides Whi, our captain, Tom, has been out the entire fall season."
Sophomore Colin O'Grady and junior Carl Hagman had the most success during the weekend tournament in Los Angeles, Calif., as they were the only Wildcats to reach the third round
O'Grady was the lone Wildcat who advanced out of the third round as he defeated University of Southern California's Jeff Karzarian in three sets 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
Looking to join O'Grady in the semifinals, Hagman was upended by Arizona State's Pim Van Mele 6-7, 6-4, 2-6.
"We had a couple of strong showings," Warkentin said. "Carl and Collin really stepped up this weekend. They both had a couple of big wins and their losses were against top players from the Pac-10."
With the fall season concluded, Warkentin said the Wildcats will be able to build off of the success that they have had individually this fall and carry that over into the spring team season.
Arizona will have the next two months off until they begin the spring season in January.