Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men's Tennis Travels for Pair of Matches
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 09, 2013
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April 9, 2013


Opponent: Stanford
Date: Friday, April 12, 2013
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Taube Tennis Center

Opponent: California
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hellman Tennis Complex

Taube Tennis Center: The stadium was originally built in 1962 and has since expanded to encompass two locations, allowing for a total of 3,500 spectators. It has been home to competitions at both the collegiate and professional levels, including the first combined men’s and women’s NCAA Championships in 2006 and again in 2011.

Hellman Tennis Complex: Built in 1983 with a grant from the S.H. Cowell Foundation, the complex was formally dedicated in October of that year. In 1993 stadium lights were added.

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, 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 two Pac-12 matches. On Friday, the Cats fell 7-0 to the USC Trojans. On Saturday, Arizona dropped a 7-0 decision to the UCLA Bruins. Both matches were held in Los Angeles.

The Rankings: After falling to two Top-10 teams, the Wildcats fell out of the ITA national rankings. Stanford improved from the 47th slot to the 41st slot after a split weekend against Pac-12 teams. California went from No. 21 to No. 16.

Friday’s Match Data: The Wildcats (10-10, 0-4 Pac-12) will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to take on the Stanford Cardinal (8-8, 1-3 Pac-12).

The Series vs. Stanford: This will be the 40th meeting of the two schools with Stanford holding the 3-36 all-time advantage.

The last meeting: On March 30, 2012, the Cats dropped the doubles point, falling on all three courts and went on to win two singles matches in a 5-2 loss to Stanford at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Earning Arizona’s two points of the day were Sumeet Shinde and Kieren Thompson who clinched matches on courts three and five.

Scouting the Cardinal: Last weekend, Stanford split a road weekend against two Pac-12 schools. On Friday, Stanford clinched the doubles point with wins on courts two and three and singles matches on courts four, five and six en rout to a 4-3 win over Washington. On Saturday, Stanford clinched the doubles point over Oregon with wins on courts one and two but went on to win only two singles matches on courts one and five as they fell, 4-3. Before hosting the Cats, Stanford will play Pepperdine at Taube Tennis Center.

Saturday’s Match Data: The Cats (10-10, 0-4 Pac-12) will take on the California Golden Bears (10-8, 2-1 Pac-12) in Berkley, Calif.

The Series vs. California: This will be the 60th meeting of the two schools with California holding the 13-46 all-time advantage.

The last meeting: On April 1, 2012, the Cats fell, 5-2, to the Bears at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Arizona fell on all three doubles courts and earned two points in singles play. Earning those points for the Cats were Sumeet Shinde and Carlos Bermudez on courts three and four.

Scouting the Golden Bears: Last weekend, California clinched two Pac-12 matches on the road. On Friday, California clinched a 4-3 victory over Oregon, clinching the doubles point with wins on courts two and three and earning singles victories on courts four, five and six. On Saturday, the Bears earned a 5-2 victory over Washington by clinching the doubles point with wins on courts two and three and claiming singles victories on courts two, three, four and five.

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