Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men's Tennis Set to Host Pair of Matches
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 15, 2012
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Feb. 15, 2012


Date: Friday February 17, 2012

Time 11:30 a.m.
Location: LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

Date: Sunday February 19, 2012

Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

LaNelle Robson Tennis Center: This weekend’s matches will be held on Arizona’s home courts. LaNelle Robson Tennis Center was dedicated in 1991 and is home to 17 lit courts, a center-court grandstand and a permanent canopy over the stands.

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 (3-3, 0-0 Pac-12) look to snap a three-match losing streak when they return to Tucson to host the No. 24 ranked San Diego Toreros (3-2, 0-0 WCC).

Last Time Out: The Wildcats dropped two matches in Minneapolis, Minn. On Friday, the Cats fell, 6-1, to the DePaul Blue Demons. The Blue Demons swept doubles play and won five of six singles matches at Baseline Tennis Center. The following day, the Cats were edged, 7-0 by Minnesota. Arizona was swept in both doubles and singles play in their third loss of the season.

The Series vs. San Diego: This will be the eighteenth meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding the 11-6 advantage.

The Last Meeting: On February 13, 2011 the Wildcats fell to the Toreros, 6-1 in Tucson. The Cats dropped the doubles point with losses on courts one and three and went on to win only one singles match on court six.

Scouting the Toreros: San Diego split their two matches in Tulsa, Okla. on Feb. 4th and 5th. USD fell to then-No. 24 Texas Tech 4-3. Toreros clinched the doubles point but fell in four of six singles matches. The following day the Toreros edged then-No. 23 Tulsa 4-3. San Diego clinched the doubles point and went on to win three singles matches to clinch the competition. With the win the Toreros stole the No. 24 ITA ranking, improving one slot from the previous week.

Sunday’s Match Data: The Wildcats (3-3, 0-0 Pac-12) will continue their weekend in Tucson as they host the Denver Pioneers (2-5, 0-0 Sun Belt).

The Series vs. Denver: This will be the sixth meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding the 4-1 advantage over the Pioneers.

The Last Meeting: On February 20, 2011, the Wildcats earned a 5-2 victory over Denver in Tucson. The Cats swept doubles play and went on to win singles matches on courts two, thee, five and six.

Scouting the Pioneers: Denver claimed their second win of the season with a 6-1 victory over East Tennessee. The Pioneers swept doubles play and claimed five singles matches to earn the win.

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