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Wildcats Wrap Regular Season in Las Cruces
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Release: 04/20/2011
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April 20, 2011

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Date: Friday, April 22, 2011 vs. No. 56 Idaho

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: New Mexico State Tennis Center

 

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2011 vs. No. 50 Boise State

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: New Mexico State Tennis Center

 

Match Data: The Wildcats (8-13, 0-6 Pac-10) will wrap up its regular season with two WAC dual matches in Las Cruces, N.M. First for the Wildcats is No. 56 Idaho (16-6, 3-1 WAC) on Friday before they face No. 50 Boise State (14-12, 2-2 WAC) on Sunday. Both matches will be played in Las Cruces, N.M. at the New Mexico State Tennis Center.

 

Swinging Into The Rankings: In this week's rankings the Wildcats dropped six spots to No. 61. Senior Andres Carrasco is ranked No. 102 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.

 

Last Time Out: The Wildcats are coming off a bye week, after finishing Pac-10 play two weeks ago in California. Then No. 55 Arizona was swept by then No. 14 UCLA 6-0 in Los Angeles and then came up short to No. 2 USC 6-1 with freshman Kieren Thompson claiming the Wildcats only singles point of the day. The Wildcats finished 0-6 in Pac-10 play.

 

Scouting the Vandals: The team holds a 16-6 (3-1 WAC) record heading into Friday's match. Idaho has played four matches in a two week span. The Vandals dropped their last match vs. St. Mary's on Sunday, April 17, falling 6-1 in San Francisco, Calif. Idaho will face New Mexico State in a WAC matchup on Thursday before facing the Wildcats on Friday.  

 

The Series vs. Idaho: This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1960.

 

Sunday's Match-Up Data: In the second match of the weekend and final regular season dual match of the season, the Wildcats will take on No. 50-Boise State (14-12, 2-2 WAC) for the second time this season. The Wildcats will face the Broncos at the New Mexico State Tennis Center on Sunday, April 24 at 9 a.m.

 

Scouting the Broncos: Boise State currently holds a 14-12 record and are 2-2 in the WAC. The Broncos split their last two matches in Fresno State, Calif. On Saturday, April 16 the Broncos fell to Fresno State 5-2 and then topped Hawaii 5-2 on Sunday, April 17.  Before Boise State faces the Wildcats on Sunday, they will take on a dual match doubleheader against Nevada and New Mexico State on Friday, April 22. The Broncos have one doubles team ranked in the ITA doubles rankings. The duo of Scott Sears and Damian Hume are ranked at No. 36.

 

The Series vs. Boise State: This will be the fifth meeting between the two schools, with the Broncos holding a 1-3 advantage over the Wildcats. Arizona's first win against the Broncos came earlier this year.

 

The Last Meeting: Arizona 4, Boise State 2, February 26, 2011: Then No. 46 Arizona defeated then No. 37-ranked Boise State 4-2 in Montgomery, Ala. in the second round of the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic. The Wildcats dropped the doubles point, but regained momentum to clinch four singles matches. Current Wildcats Andre Vidaller, Geoff Embry, Mario Urquidi and Sam Barr all earned singles wins.

 

Freshmen Heating up: Arizona's freshmen have stepped up for the Wildcats this season. In Arizona's 21 matches, 20 in which they have competed in, the Wildcats have had at least two freshmen in their line-up. In eight matches the Wildcats have had two in their line-up while eight matches the Wildcats have had at least three freshmen stepping up in the line-up. At the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic in their second match against Boise State, the Wildcat's started four freshmen in their singles line-up. Quick Stat: The Wildcats are 4-4 when starting two freshmen in the single's line-up, 3-5 when starting three freshmen, and 1-2 when starting four freshmen. Freshmen Mario the clincher Urquidi has been the closer for the Wildcats this season. In his 11 dual matches that he has competed in, the El Paso, Texas native is 7-6 and has clinched four matches for the Wildcats. Arizona's other four freshmen, Sam Barr holds a 1-0 record, while Giacomo Miccini is tallied at 4-6, Kieren Thompson holds a 7-8 record, and Andre Vidaller holds an 11-8 record in singles dual matches played.

 

Tough Road for the Cats: The Wildcats will wrap up their season on the road this weekend, but it hasn't been such a smooth ride for the Cats. This season, the team finished with a 0-4 record on the road at away sites, while tallying a 1-4 record at neutral sites. Last season the Wildcats finished 2-4 on the road.

 

Against the Pack: Arizona finished Pac-10 play last weekend, finishing with a 0-6 record. The last time the Wildcats were defeated in Pac-10 action was in 2006-07 when they went 0-7, when ASU competed in the league.

 

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 all seven teams ranked in the top 75.

3) USC

8) Stanford

9) UCLA

14) Cal

22) Washington

61) Arizona

69) Oregon

 

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 66 singles wins in his Wildcat career.

 

Three Wins Shy of 70: Head coach Tad Berkowitz is three wins shy of reaching 70 wins as Arizona's head coach. In his sixth season as Arizona's head coach, Berkowitz currently holds a 67-67 record.

 

22 Double Combo: Heading into this weekend's matches, the Wildcats have used 22 different doubles pairing combinations in dual match competition this season.

 

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 finished 7-5.

 

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 travel to Ojai, Calif. to compete in the Pac-10 Championships on April 28. Singles and doubles lineups and times are TBA.

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