Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men's Tennis Travels to Ojai
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 25, 2012
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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April 25, 2012


What: 112th Pacific 12 Championship Tournament
Date: April 25th – April 28th
Time: All Day
Location: Libby Park in Ojai, Calif.
Follow the Action: Results will be posted to as well as

Pac-12 Season: The Wildcats ended the season winless in Pac-12 play but were able to secure singles wins in six of seven matches. The Cats started out the season hosting Stanford and California. Arizona dropped both matches, 5-2. The following weekend, Arizona hosted UCLA and USC but fell 6-1 in both matches. Next, the Wildcats took their only road trip of the conference season to Oregon and Washington. Oregon topped the Cats, 6-1, and Washington was the only team to blank the Cats. In their final match of the season, the Cats fell, 5-2, to Utah in Tucson.

Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitz enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Wildcats. During the 2008-09 season he was named the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA West Region Coach of the Year. Last season, he led the Wildcats to a 9-14 overall record. He joined the program in 2004 and has held numerous national and collegiate coaching positions. He was promoted to the head coaching position in the spring of 2005 after serving as hall-of-famer Bill Wright's assistant. Berkowitz was a top collegiate player for the Universities of Kentucky and New Mexico, respectively.

Fabulous Five: Arizona returns five players from the 2011-12 season. Junior Frank Chen will be looked to as a leader this season as he boasts the most colligate tennis experience on the team. Sophomores Giacomo Miccini, Kieren Thompson, Mario Urquidi, and Andre Vidaller also bring their knowledge and experience to the court.

Fresh Four: The Wildcats welcome four freshmen to the 2011-12 roster. Joining the team before the fall season were Carlos Bermudez and Robin Chou. Adding to the four are Sebastian Ionescu and Sumeet Shinde who joined the team in the spring. All four could play vital roles in both singles and doubles action this season.

Tournament Data: The Pac-12 hosts its first-ever team tennis tournament to determine the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships. Teams will be seeded based on won-lost percentages during regular-season Conference play. On Wednesday, matches between seed Nos. 5 and 8 and Nos. 6 and 7 will open play. The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will play the winners, respectively, on Thursday. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds advance directly to the semifinal round on Friday.

Libby Park: Libby Park recently underwent a facelift to accommodate the Pac-12 tournament. The Ojai Valley Tennis Club, operator of Libby Park, has added lights to eight courts to accommodate matches that do not finish before sundown.

Pac-12 Standings:
1. UCLA (21-2 Overall, 7-0 Pac-12)
2. USC (25-1 Overall, 6-1 Pac-12)
3. Stanford (16-7 Overall, 5-2 Pac-12)
4. California (11-10 Overall, 4-3 Pac-12)
5. Washington (15-7 Overall, 3-4 Pac-12)
6. Oregon (17-6 Overall, 2-5 Pac-12)
7. Utah (12-11 Overall, 1-6 Pac-12)
8. Arizona (5-17 Overall, 0-7 Pac-12)

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