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No. 42 Arizona to Battle No. 41 Indiana at Home
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Release: 03/13/2011
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March 13, 2011

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Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 vs. No. 41 Indiana

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: Tucson, Ariz. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

 

Match Data: The Wildcats (8-6, 0-0 Pac-10) are back at home to host the No. 41-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (11-4, 1-0 Big Ten) the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center on Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m. This will be the last non-conference match for the Wildcats before they open Pac-10 play on the road.

 

Follow the Match Live: During Tuesday's match follow the action through a live blog on the Arizona men's tennis home page.

 

Swinging Into The Rankings: In this week's rankings the Wildcats maintained their spot at No. 42. Senior Andres Carrasco is ranked No. 107 in the ITA singles rankings and he also received a No. 16 spot in the first rankings of the ITA Southwest Regional.

 

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 New Mexico, respectively.

 

Super Six: The Wildcats return six 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 and 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.

 

Last Time Out: The Wildcats hosted No. 29-ranked Oklahoma on Friday and dropped a 4-2 decision. Arizona was swept in all three doubles matches for just the first time this season. Two of Arizona's freshmen, Mario Urquidi and Kieren Thompson both claimed singles wins for the Wildcats. Arizona dropped just their second home match of the season.

 

Scouting the Hoosiers: The team holds an 11-4 (1-0 Big Ten) record heading into Tuesday's action. Indiana topped Purdue at home 6-1 on Saturday to clinch their first Big Ten victory of the season. Indiana has a doubles team ranked in the ITA doubles rankings. Stephen Vogl and Josh MacTaggart are ranked at No. 56. 

 

The Series vs. Indiana: This will be the second meeting between the two schools, with the Wildcats holding a 1-0 advantage over the Hoosiers.

 

Why Not Tuesday? This will be the first Tuesday match for the Wildcats this season and it happens to be during Arizona's Spring Break.

 

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 in the first rankings of the year. 

10) Texas A&M                     44) Miami

17) Oklahoma                        46) Indiana

40) Denver                             58) San Diego

41) Mississippi State           67) New Mexico State

43) Boise State                     73) Idaho

 

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.

7) USC

8) UCLA

10) Stanford

14) Cal

19) Washington

42) Arizona

 

NCAA Year By Year Tournament Results:  

1996: (0-1): L, 4-2 to UC-Santa Barbara 

1998: (0-1): L, 4-3 to Arizona State 

2001: (0-1): L, 4-2 to Georgia Tech 

2003: (0-1): L, 4-1 to Boise State 

2004: (1-1): W, 4-3 over Florida State, L, 4-0 to Florida 

2006: (0-1): L, 4-1 to Colorado 

2009: (1-1): W, 4-0 over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, L, 4-0 to Texas A&M

2010: (0-1): L, 4-1 to Minnesota

 

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 Minnesota 4-1 in the opening round. The Wildcats finished the season 13-11 (2-4 Pac-10) and finished the season ranked No. 31 in the ITA rankings.

 

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 Oregon, and the University of Georgia, respectively.

 

A "Too Good" Duo: As the lone junior on the team Jason Zafiros has established himself as one of the Wildcats most consistent singles players. As a freshman he finished with an impressive 22-4 overall singles record and tallied a 22-15 record last season. Sophomore Frank Chen enters his second season as a Wildcat. He will look to gain match experience and provide leadership on the court. Chen competed in seven fall matches.

 

All aboard: Four of the five freshmen arrive to Tucson from four different countries. Giacomo Miccini hails from Recanati, Italy; Andre Vidaller is from Santos, Brazil; Kieren Thompson is from Brisbane, Australia; while Sam Barr is from Whakatane, New Zealand. Mario Urquidi, who competed in fall action is a native of El Paso, Texas and finished 5-6 in singles action while competing in three fall tournaments.

 

50+Milestones: Junior Jason Zafiros has just passed the 50+ milestones for singles wins. The Bradenton, Fla. native has passed the milestone with 56 wins. Senior Jay Goldman is just two singles win shy of tying the mark.

 

60+Milestones: Senior Andres Carrasco has now reached a new milestone. The Cabrils, Barcelona, Spain native has 63 singles wins in his Wildcat career.

 

Sweet Home History: Last season, the Wildcats finished 8-4 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, including a 4-3 win against No. 10 UCLA for the first time in school history. This season the Wildcats are 7-2.

 

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 NMSU Fall 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 will open Pac-10 play on the road next weekend, when they travel to Seattle, Wash. and Eugene, Ore. to take on Washington and Oregon, respectively. The Wildcats will face Washington on March 25 at 1:30 p.m. and Oregon on March 27 at 1 p.m.

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