Warriors Play Well But Not Good Enough

HONOLULU - The Hawai'i men's tennis team fought valiantly but still came up short in a 7-0 loss to No. 23 Arizona, Tuesday afternoon, at the UH Tennis Complex. The dual match was the spring season-opener for both teams.

Despite the loss, head coach John Nelson liked what he saw from this young Rainbow Warriors. "Obviously Arizona played better today, but I was proud of the fact that our guys played well against a nationally ranked team," Nelson said. "Watching the matches, I couldn't tell who was winning or losing, which shows how well our guys competed. At this point of the season, we are way ahead of last year and I'm optimistic for the rest of the season." The Wildcats took the early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. UA won the Nos. 1 and 3 spot but the Rainbow Warriors captured the No. 2 position as Bryon Weinberg and Jarrod Diepraam teamed for a 9-7 victory over Paul Warkentin and Tim Mullane. In singles competition, UH played without senior Ryan Sceats, who sat out the match due to an illness. The Rainbow Warriors had their opportunities but could not take advantage. At No. 1, Dalibor Ptak broke serve twice against Roger Matalonga in the first set before losing 6-4, 6-2. Derrick Lajola had Jason Labrosse on the ropes at No. 5 but could not pull out the first set in a 7-5, 6-1 defeat. The Rainbow Warriors return to the court to host Florida State, Thursday. Doubles matches begin at 1:30 p.m. at the UH Tennis Complex. Match Results Arizona def. Hawai`i, 7-0 Singles (each match is worth one team point) 1. Roger Matalonga (UA) def. Dalibor Ptak, 6-4, 6-2 2. Colin O'Grady (UA) def. Bryon Weinberg, 6-3, 6-2 3. Bruno Alcala (UA) def. Jarrod Diepraam, 6-2, 4-0 ret. 4. Paul Warkentin (UA) def. Chad Faulk, 6-2, 6-3 5. Jason Labrosse (UA) def. Derrick Lajola, 7-5, 6-1 6. Francois Vandermerwe (UA) def. Travis Smith, 6-2, 6-2 Doubles (must win 2 of 3 matches for one team point) 1. Matalonga/O'Grady (UA) def. Ptak/Faulk, 8-2 2. Weinberg/Diepraam def. Warkentin/Tim Mullane (UA), 9-7 3. Alcala/Vandermerwe (UA) def. Lajola/Smith, 8-0

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