March 9, 2011
Date: Friday, March 11, 2011 vs. No. 29
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Match Data: The Wildcats (8-5, 0-0 Pac-10) are back at home to host the No. 29-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (6-2, 1-0 Big 12) at the
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
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. 56-ranked
Scouting the Sooners: The team holds a 6-2 (1-0 Big 12) record heading into Friday's action.
The Series vs.
The Last Meeting:
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
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.
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
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
50+Milestones: Junior Jason Zafiros has just passed the 50+ milestones for singles wins. The
60+Milestones: Senior Andres Carrasco has now reached a new milestone. The Cabrils,
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 will host No. 41 Indiana on Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m. at the