TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona follows up its 2-0 home opening weekend with another home stand as they host Gonzaga Friday Jan. 31 at 12 p.m. and No. 44 Boise State Sunday Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. Both matches will be held at Reffkin Tennis Center where admission is free.
Live stats for the match will be shown at arizonalivestats.com.
The Cats will look to build off of their emphatic wins against Northern Arizona and UC Riverside, where they won each at a score of 7-0. Highlighting the pair of dual matches was the middle of the lineup, as the two through five positions did not drop a single set.
“We’ve got a lot of experience in the middle of our lineup,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “It doesn’t matter where you are in the lineup, each point counts the same. We take pride in our depth and it’s nice to see the middle part of our lineup locked in.”
Leading the Cats in the middle was junior Sumeet Shinde, who won 6-2, 6-2 at the two position against Northern Arizona and 6-2, 6-0 doing the same vs. UC Riverside.
“I worked really hard on my fitness over the past few months,” said Shinde. “I’m in good shape and I’m hitting the ball better. I know I can last long so it gives me a lot of confidence.”
Gaining confidence has been a focal point for Arizona this year, and is something they look to build heading up against a tough Gonzaga team and a Boise State team currently ranked 44th.
“Our main thing is our court presence and showing toughness,” Berkowitz said. “Showing confidence on the court is something we’ve been harping on the guys for a while now. We want to have an inner confidence and show it while we’re playing. We showed that last weekend and it’s important to carry over into this weekend.”
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The Bulldogs, coached by Peter MacDonald, have yet to lose this season with two wins coming against Seattle (5-2) and Whitworth (7-0). Vladimir Mijatovic, Nick Kamisar, and Vicente Varas lead the team with 2-0 individual records apiece. Gonzaga concluded their 2013 campaign in the West Coast Conference Championship where they lost to Santa Clara.
On Boise State
The 2-2 Broncos will be headlined by the No. 54 player in college tennis, senior Andy Bettles. Bettles is 1-2 on the year, with one of the losses coming against Baylor’s No. 2 Julian Lenz. Nathan Sereke has posted the best record for Boise State to this point, going 3-1. The Broncos ended last season in the NCAA Tournament as they fell to then No. 23 Clemson in the first round.
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