UA tennis teams set for tough matches

Arizona Daily Wildcat


After suffering from its second consecutive sweep by the two Los Angeles schools, the Arizona men's tennis team will take on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas today and the University of San Diego tomorrow in two nonconference matches in Las Vegas.

Maybe luck will be on the side of the Wildcats, who are struggling to get on the right track. Luck may come in the form of playing a nonconference opponent Arizona is winless against teams in its conference.

The Wildcats are off to an 0-4 start in the Pacific 10 Conference South and carry a 4-7 overall match record. But the one thing they do have going for them is that all of their wins this year have come against nonconference opponents.

UNLV (6-8) was ranked 47th nationally in the Rolex Collegiate Tennis Rankings but then fell out this past week, while the hard-luck Wildcats actually moved up two spots to No. 31. San Diego (4-1) is ranked 49th.

The 16th-ranked player in the country, Jan Anderson, should have another tough opponent in UNLV's 17th-ranked Roger Pettersson, whom Anderson will likely face. Anderson has a 23-11 overall record while Pettersson is 20-8 on the season.

Anderson should be fully recovered from an illness that kept him out for a week.

Steve Fanucchi


Confucius says: Don't look at the devil lest you miss the cougar in the bush.

The fifth-ranked Arizona women's tennis team (12-3 overall, 4-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference) must be wary of overlooking the Washington State Cougars this afternoon before its big matchup March 28 against Arizona State. The matches take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Robson Tennis Center.

"The Cougars are a solid team," Coach Becky Bell said. "I can't say that I know a lot about them, but our team is really good at not taking anyone for granted."

Arizona has won two straight matches, including a 6-0 whitewashing of No. 13 Southern Cal March 11 and an 8-1 drubbing of Washington on Tuesday. The team is in the fourth game of a seven-game homestand.

The Wildcats are hoping that this will be a final tune-up against Washington before an encounter with rival Arizona State. Arizona must still meet the seventh-ranked Sun Devils twice this season.

Craig Sanders


The Arizona baseball team will limp into Los An- mid

geles this week with a 2-7 Six-Pac record and a pitching staff that could moonlight as extras on "Chicago Hope" or "ER."

Senior right-hander Ryan Frace (3-5, 4.75 ERA) is scheduled to pitch when the Wildcats face No. 10 Southern Cal at Dedeaux Field at 7 p.m.

Whether he will is still up in the air. Frace has had persistent ankle problems that have caused his effectiveness to drop.

Clay Crossan (3-1, 5.02 ERA) was scheduled to pitch Saturday but won't play because of tendinitis in his pitching arm. He will sit out at least until Tuesday.

Despite a 3-6 record in the Six-Pac, the Trojans have the one thing Arizona lacks a healthy rotation. USC will send Randy Flores (4-2, 3.36 ERA) to the mound today. He was a Freshman All-American last season and his 11-1 record made him the top pitcher in the Six-Pac.

Craig Degel


The Arizona club rugby team won its second straight game with a 21-12 victory over the Kansas University Jayhawks last night at Estevan Park.

Arizona's record evens to 7-7 on the season.

Takesh Arima booted two field goals to give Arizona a 6-0 lead. In the second half the Wildcats scored three tries. Chris Bloomer, Paul Gause and Dennis Welsh all touched down for Arizona in the second half.

Arizona's next game is Tuesday at Estevan Park versus Air Force.

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