Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Travel to LA For Pair of Pac-12 Matches
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 02, 2013
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April 2, 2013


Date: Friday, April 5, 2013
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Marks Tennis Stadium

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles Tennis Center

Marks Tennis Stadium: A sixth court was added to the main stadium in 2006 allowing dual-match competition to be played out entirely in front of fans within the 1,000-seat venue, which also boasts a large scoreboard to allow fans to follow each match point-for-point from their stadium seat.

Los Angeles Tennis Center: The tennis center was officially dedicated in May of 1984 and was the first large scale tennis center in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The center has been home to the NCAA tournament as well as the Olympic Games.

Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitz enters his eighth 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. 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.

Super Seven: Arizona returns seven players from the 2011-2012 season. Juniors Giacomo Miccini, Kieren Thompson, Mario Urquidi, and Andre Vidaller return as the most experienced members of the team. Sophomores Carlos Bermudez, Robin Chou and Sumeet Shinde also return as key contributors.

Fresh Four: The Wildcats welcome four new players to the 2013 roster. Freshman Matt Dunn joined the team in the fall along with sophomore transfer Ben Lee. Joining the team at the start of the spring season are freshman Naoki Takeda and junior transfer Fredrik Ask.

Last Time Out: The Cats fell in their first two matches of Pac-12 play to Washington and Oregon. Against Washington, the Cats dropped the doubles point with losses on courts two and three but bounced back to clinch three singles matches. Naoki Takeda narrowly lost a three set match on court six, the match was needed for either team to claim the win. Against Oregon, Arizona dropped the doubles point with losses on courts one and three and went on to win only one singles match. Earning Arizona's only point of the day was sophomore Carlos Bermudez who clinched a straight set victory in his first match of 2013.

The Rankings: After falling in two Pac-12 matches, Arizona fell from No. 64 to No. 71. After weather forced USC to cancel a Pac-12 match, the Trojans fell from No. 2 to No. 33. UCLA claimed two Pac-12 victories and improved from No. 4 to No. 2.

Friday's Match Data: The Wildcats (10-8, 0-2 Pac-12) will travel to Los Angeles, Calif. to take on the USC Trojans (18-2, 1-0 Pac-12).

The Series vs. USC: This will be the 80th meeting of the two schools with USC holding the 77-2 advantage.

The last meeting: On April 7, 2012, the Cats fell, 6-1, to the Trojans at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. In doubles play, Arizona fell in all three matches and went on to win only one singles match. Earning Arizona's only point of the day was Carlos Bermudez who clinched a win on court five.

Scouting the Trojans: Because of the rain in Berkley, Calif. USC and California were forced to cancel their match on Sunday. On Friday, USC claimed a 6-1 victory over Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. The Trojans dropped the doubles point with losses on courts one and three but went on to win all six singles matches to clinch the match.

Saturday's Match Date: The Cats (10-8, 0-2 Pac-12) will take on the UCLA Bruins (16-1, 2-0 Pac-12) in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Series vs. UCLA: This will be the 78th meeting of the two schools with UCLA holding the 76-1 advantage.

The last meeting: On April 6, 2012, Arizona fell 6-1 to the Bruins in Tucson. The Cats fell in all three doubles matches and went on to claim only one singles win. Sumeet Shinde earned Arizona's only point of the day with a win on court four.

Scouting the Bruins: Last weekend, the Bruins claimed two conference wins with 5-2 victories over California and Stanford. Against California, the Bruins claimed the doubles point with wins on courts one and three and went on to clinch singles matches on courts two, three, five and six. Against Stanford, UCLA dropped all three doubles matches but went on to earn singles wins on courts two, three, four, five and six. Before playing Arizona, UCLA will take on Utah in Los Angeles.

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