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Men's Tennis Hits the Road to Face UCLA, USC
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/06/2011
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April 6, 2011

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Date: Friday, April 8, 2011 vs. No. 14 UCLA

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Los Angeles, Calif. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center

 

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011 vs. No. 2 USC

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: Los Angeles, Calif. at Marks Stadium

 

Follow the Matches Live:Live stats of the match vs. UCLA will be available here courtesy of UCLA athletics. Saturday's match can be watched live here, courtesy of USC athletics.

 

Match Data: The Wildcats (8-11, 0-4 Pac-10) travel on the road for their final four dual matches. First for the Wildcats is a Pac-10 road trip to California to take on No. 14 UCLA (13-5, 2-2 Pac-10) on Friday and No. 2 USC (18-2, 4-0 Pac-10) on Saturday. Both matches will be played in Los Angeles. 

 

Swinging Into The Rankings: In this week's rankings the Wildcats improved one spot to No. 55. Senior Andres Carrasco is ranked No. 111 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 hosted their final home matches of the season last weekend against then No. 6 California and No. 12 Stanford. On Friday, the Wildcats dropped a tight 4-3 match to Cal. Arizona dropped the doubles point and came up short in singles, with freshmen Giacomo Miccini and Andre Vidaller along with senior Andres Carrasco claiming singles wins. On Sunday, the Wildcats competed in their final home match of the season. It was the last homestand for seniors Andres Carrasco, Geoff Embry, Jay Goldman and Borja Malo. The Wildcats dropped their sixth consecutive match, and fourth straight Pac-10 match, falling 5-2 to No. 12 Stanford. Freshman Andre Vidaller clinched his second singles match of the weekend and Embry posted a win in the No. 6 slot.

 

Scouting the Bruins: The team holds a 13-5 (2-2 Pac-10) record heading into Friday's match. Last weekend, UCLA topped Washington 5-2 on Friday before sweeping Oregon 7-0 on Saturday. UCLA has an impressive 10-1 record at home this season. The Bruins have three players ranked in the ITA singles rankings. Daniel Kosakowski is ranked No. 33, Nick Meister is ranked No. 52, and Amit Inbar is ranked No. 71. UCLA also has a pair of doubles players ranked in the ITA doubles rankings. Nick Meister and Amit Inbar are ranked at No. 23 and Inbar along with Alex Brigham are ranked at No. 62.

 

The Series vs. UCLA: This will be the 76th meeting between the two schools, with the Bruins holding a 1-74 advantage over the Wildcats.

 

The Last Meeting: Arizona 4, UCLA 3, April 11, 2010: Then No. 35-ranked Arizona made history clinching the doubles point and three singles matches to earn their first win in school history against No. 10-ranked UCLA.  The Wildcats upset the Bruins 4-3 at home to clinch their first win against UCLA in 75 matches. Current Wildcats Jay Goldman and Borja Malo clinched singles wins, while Geoff Embry, Jason Zafiros and Goldman secured their doubles matches.

 

Saturday's Match-Up Data: In the second match of the weekend and final Pac-10 match of the season, the Wildcats will take on No. 2-ranked Southern California  (18-2, 4-0 Pac-10) at Marks Stadium on Saturday, April 9 at 12 p.m.

 

Scouting the Trojans: USC currently holds an 18-2 record and a perfect 4-0 record in the Pac-10. The Trojans are currently on an 11 match winning streak. Last weekend, on Friday the Trojans blanked Oregon 7-0 at home and then went on to sweep Washington 7-0 on Saturday. USC has four players ranked in the ITA singles rankings, including the No. 1 ranked player Steve Johnson. Daniel Nguyen is ranked No. 34, Jaak Poldma is ranked No. 36 and Ray Sarmiento is ranked No. 49. Johnson currently holds a 17 consecutive singles win streak in the No. 1 spot, while Poldma has won 18 straight, with 11 of the wins coming in the No. 2 slot.  The Trojans also have three pairs of doubles teams ranked in the ITA doubles rankings. The duo of Sarmiento and Johnson are ranked at No. 29, Poldma and JT Sundling are ranked No. 47, and Johnson and Nguyen are ranked at No. 73.  

 

The Series vs. Southern California: This will be the 78th meeting between the two schools, with the Trojans holding a 2-75 advantage over the Wildcats. Arizona's last win against the Trojans came in 2006, when the Wildcats edged USC 4-3. The Wildcats other win against USC came in 1981.

 

The Last Meeting: USC 7, Arizona 0, April 9, 2010: Then No. 3 USC defeated then No. 35-ranked Arizona 7-0 in Tucson. Southern California swept all three doubles matches and went on to win all six singles matches en route to a 7-0 win. Current Wildcats Jay Goldman, Andres Carrasco, Jason Zafiros and Geoff Embry competed in singles action, with Embry and Zafiros pairing up in in the No. 2 spot in doubles and Carrasco and Goldman pairing up in doubles in the No. 3 spot.

 

Freshmen Heating up: Arizona's freshmen have stepped up for the Wildcats this season. In Arizona's 19 matches, 18 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 Wildcats 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 1-0 when starting four freshmen. Freshmen Mario the clincher Urquidi has been the closer for the Wildcats this season. In his nine dual matches that he has competed in, the El Paso, Texas native is 7-4 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 4-4, Kieren Thompson holds a 6-7 record, and Andre Vidaller holds a 11-6 record in singles dual matches played.

 

Cats On the Road: The Wildcats head back on the road for a four match road stand. The Wildcats will face UCLA and USC at home, before heading to Las Cruces, N.M. to take on Idaho and Boise State. Last season the Wildcats finished 2-4 on the road.

 

Against the Pack: Cleaning the slate, the Wildcats continue Pac-0 play this weekend and are looking for their first Pac-10 win of the season and first true road win. Last season the Wildcats finished with a 2-4 record and a fifth place tie in the Pac-10. This season the Wildcats are 0-4.

 

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 seven of the seven teams ranked in the top 75.

2) USC

9) Stanford

10) Cal

14) UCLA

22) Washington

55) Arizona

70) 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 67-65 record.

 

20 Doubles Combo: Heading into this weekend's matches, the Wildcats have used 20 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 Las Cruces, N.M. to take on Idaho and Boise State in their final two dual matches of the regular season. The team will face Idaho on April 22 at 2 p.m. before taking on Boise State on April 24 at 9 a.m.

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