Jan. 20, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
11 a.m. MT |
Match Data: The Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) open the 2011 spring season at home against UC Riverside (0-2, 0-0 Big West). The No. 32-ranked
Swinging Into The Rankings: In the first round of the ITA collegiate rankings on January 4,
Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitz enters his sixth 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 13-11 overall record and the program's eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament. 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
Lucky Seven: The Wildcats return seven players from the 2009-10 team including four seniors. The team has a strong nucleus and brings a lot of experience to the courts. Arizona's seniors: Andres Carrasco, Geoff Embry, Jay Goldman and Borja Malo will all be looked at in singles and doubles competition. Junior Jason Zafiros returns as one of the Cats strong singles players. RS sophomore Tom Wolff along with sophomore Frank Chen will also add experience to the team.
High Five to the Fresh: Head coach Tad Berkowitz is right on target with the signing of five freshmen to the 2010-11 roster. The team welcomes the addition of four freshmen right before the season: Sam Barr, Giacomo Miccini, Kieren Thompson and Andre Vidaller. Adding to the four is freshman Mario Urquidi who joined the team in the fall. All five could play important roles in singles and doubles action and will add depth to the team's roster.
Scouting the Highlanders: The team holds a 0-2 overall record heading into Friday's and Saturday's matches after just two dual matches. The Highlanders fell to
The Series vs. UC Riverside: This will be the third meeting between the two schools, with the Wildcats holding a 2-0 advantage over the Highlanders.
Stacked Non-Conference Schedule: As always, the Wildcats face a competitive non-conference schedule, 10 of the 15 non-conference teams started the spring season ranked in the ITA top 75.
10) Texas A&M 44) Miami
17) Oklahoma 46) Indiana
40) Denver 58) San Diego
Tough Pac-10 Conference: The Pac-10 holds 50 NCAA Men's Team Titles. A glance at the ITA rankings around the Pac-10 finds six of the seven teams ranked in the top 75 to begin the spring season.
NCAA Year By Year Tournament Results:
1996: (0-1): L, 4-2 to UC-Santa Barbara
1998: (0-1): L, 4-3 to
2001: (0-1): L, 4-2 to Georgia Tech
2003: (0-1): L, 4-1 to
2004: (1-1): W, 4-3 over
2006: (0-1): L, 4-1 to
2009: (1-1): W, 4-0 over
2010: (0-1): L, 4-1 to
2010 NCAA Run: The Wildcats advanced to the first round of the 2010 NCAA tournament for the eighth time in school history. Last season No. 30 Arizona fell to then-No.35
Four Slammin' Seniors: The Cats will be led by their four senior leaders, Andres Carrasco, Geoff Embry, Jay Goldman and Borja Malo. Andres "Nacho" Carrasco has reached the 50+ singles wins as a Wildcat. In his three years, he has a combined 54-30 singles record while holding a 29-19 doubles record. Goldman, who also enters his fourth year as a Wildcat holds an overall 40-32 singles record while tallying a 22-14 doubles record. Embry and Malo enter their second year as Wildcats, after transferring from
Too Good: As the lone junior on the team Jason Zafiros has established himself as one of the Wildcats most consistent singles players. As a freshmen he finished with an impressive 22-4 overall singles record and tallied a 22-15 record last season.
Double Trouble: RS sophomore Tom Wolff and sophomore Frank Chen enter their second seasons as Wildcats. Both of them will look to gain match experience and provide leadership on the courts. Wolff competed in six fall matches while Chen competed in seven.
All aboard: Four of the five freshmen arrive to
Sweet Home History: Last season, the Wildcats finished 8-4 at the
Fall Season: The Wildcats participated in six tournaments in the fall. The team competed in the NMSU Fall Invitational, the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships, the Aztec Invitational, the ITA West Regional Championships, the UNLV Invitational, and the Lakewood Ranch Collegiate Invitational. Freshman Mario Urquidi clinched the Aztec Invitational main draw singles title while junior Jason Zafiros won the back draw singles title. Senior Jay Goldman fell in the finals of the singles main draw at the UNLV Invitational while senior Andres Carrasco fell in the finals of the singles main draw at the Lakewood Ranch Collegiate Invitational.
Up Next: The Wildcats travel to the ITA National Indoor in