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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/20/2008
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Arizona vs. Arizona State

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Time: 12 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2008

Location: LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, Tucson, Ariz.

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Match Data: The Wildcats will look to rebound from two tough losses last time out on the courts as they take on the rival Arizona State Sun Devils.

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The Rankings:??Arizona is currently listed at No. 51 in this weekˇ?s collegiate ITA poll. Individually, Jay Goldman is slotted at No. 109 and Claudio Christen at No. 121. As a pair in doubles, the duo is ranked No. 56.?

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Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitzˇ?will begin his third season at the helm for the Wildcats. He currently has a record of 27-30.? Berkowitz 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, 33, was a top collegiate player for the universities of Kentucky and New Mexico, respectively.? Berkowitz began his coaching career in 1999?as an assistant coach at Alabama for three seasons. In his final year he helped the Crimson Tide earn a No. 18 national ranking and a berth in the NCAA Championships.? He is assisted by Tom Lloyd, who is in his second year in that capacity.

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Last Time Out:?Arizona had two humbling defeats as they lost to both Stanford and Cal on the last match in the dual match setting. Versus Cal, the boys dropped the doubles point, but were almost able to make the comeback in the doubles.

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Scouting the Sun Devils: Arizona State comes to Tucson ranked as the eleventh best team in the country. They are currently undefeated at 11-0

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?Some New (Volunteer) Coaching Help:?This year Arizona is pleased to have ATP all-pro Taylor Dent as a volunteer assistant coach throughout the season.? Dent, who was ranked as the No. 21 player in the world on August 8, 2005, suffered a back injury which caused him to miss most of the past seasons. After having successful surgery, Dent was contacted by good friend and former coach Tom Lloyd, now an assistant with Arizona, who extended the coaching invitation.? Dent, while working on rehabbing his back, will coach the Wildcats on specific and individual techniques. Dent is known as an aggressive serve-and-volleyer with one of the biggest serves on the tour, tying Andy Roddick for the record of fastest serve at 155 mph.

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Returnees:?The Cats senior leaders have been the rock of the team so far. Claudio Christen, ranked No. 121 in singles and No. 56 in doubles by the ITA rankings released on Tuesday, has a record of 11-3 in doubles. Bruno Alcala has a record of 8-3 in singles.??

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New Faces in the Crowd:?Half way into the year, Arizonaˇ?s so-called "newbies" have played a significant role to the teamˇ?s success.? Freshman Andres Carrasco has fluctuated between the No. 2 and 3 positions while posting a record of 9-4 in singles. Also their newcomer from down under, sophomore Pat Metham, has a record of 9-2.

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Fall Season:?The Cats participated in five fall tournaments during the fall semester...In the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational, Claudio Christen and Bruno Alcala were able to win the doubles championshipˇ?At the Aggie Fall Invitational in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Ravid Hazi advanced to the finals before falling to champion Jim Brouleau of New Mexico Stateˇ?Christen competed in the prestigious Polo All American Championship in Tulsa, OK and won four matches before finally falling to No. 17 Adam Holmstrom of Denverˇ?Peter Zimmer competed in three fall events and posted a record of 5-3.

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Up Next:?The Cats will take to the road next as they seek revenge against the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal next weekend in the Bay Area.

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