Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Take First Road Tip of the Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 08, 2012
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Feb. 8, 2012


Date: Friday February 10, 2012
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.

Date: Saturday February 11, 2012
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.

Baseline Tennis Center: This weekend’s matches will be held at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The complex is home to 22 maroon and gold courts, 10 inside and 12 outside. The indoor courts are heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer and are housed by 30 foot ceilings. All 22 courts are made from a plexi-type of pavement which allows for more cushion and causes less strain on the athlete’s knees and other joints.

Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitz enters his seventh 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 9-14 overall record. 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.

Fabulous Five: Arizona returns five players from the 2010-2011 season. Junior Frank Chen will be looked to as a leader this season as he boasts the most colligate tennis experience on the team. Sophomores Giacomo Miccini, Kieren Thompson, Mario Urquidi, and Andre Vidaller also bring their knowledge and experience to the court.

Fresh Four:  The Wildcats welcome four freshmen to the 2011-12 roster. Joining the team before the fall season were Carlos Bermudez and Robin Chou. Adding to the four are Sebastian Ionescu and Sumeet Shinde who joined the team in the spring. All four could play vital roles in both singles and doubles action this season.

Match Data: The Wildcats (3-1, 0-0 Pac-12) hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to Minneapolis, Minn. to play the DePaul Blue Demons (6-3, 0-0 Big East).

Last Time Out: Last weekend, the Cats marked their first loss of the season to the Cal Poly Mustangs, 6-1. The match got a late start at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center and after a two hour delay, the Wildcats dropped two doubles matches and five singles matches to the Mustangs. The Cat’s only point of the day was earned on court two of singles play by Andre Vidaller. Vidaller defeated Brian McPhee in two sets.

The Series vs. DePaul: This will be the first meeting of the two schools.

Scouting the Blue Demons: Last weekend, the Blue Demons had split results against Arkansas and Iowa. Against Arkansas, DePaul dropped the doubles point as well as four singles matches to mark their third loss of the season, 5-2. Against Iowa, the Blue Demons dropped the doubles point but came back to win four singles matches and clinch the match, 4-3.

Saturday’s Match Data: The Wildcats (3-1, 0-0 Pac-12) continue the weekend in Minneapolis where they will play the Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-3, 0-0 Big-10).

The Series vs. Minnesota: This will be the fifth meeting of the two schools with series tied at two wins for each school.

The Last Meeting: On February 7, 2008 the Wildcats swept doubles play and went on to win five of six singles matches en route to a 6-1 win over the Golden Gophers at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

Scouting the Golden Gophers: Last weekend, Minnesota was downed, 6-1 by LSU. The Gophers clinched the doubles point winning on courts one and three but were edged in all six singles matches.

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