Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Travel for Pair of Pac-12 Matches
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 11, 2012
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April 11, 2012


Date: Friday April 13, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Eugene, Ore.

Date: Sunday April 15, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Seattle, Wash.

Last Time Out: Arizona dropped two conference matches last weekend at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. On Friday, the Cats took on the No.5-ranked ULCA Bruins. UCLA swept doubles play and went on to win five of six singles matches. Stopping the full sweep was freshman Sumeet Shinde who earned his third straight Pac-12 victory with a win on court four. On Sunday, Arizona hosted the No.1-ranked USC Trojans. USC clinched the doubles point with wins on all three courts and claimed five of six singles matches in the 6-1 decision. Earning Arizona's only point of the day was freshman Carlos Bermudez on court five. The win marked his second in Pac-12 play.

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 2011-12 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.

Friday's Match Data: The Wildcats (5-14, 0-4 Pac-12) travel to Eugene, Ore. to play the Oregon Ducks (15-5, 0-4 Pac-12).

Student Tennis Center: Friday's match will be held at Oregon's Student Tennis Center, which is home to six indoor and six outdoor courts. The entire complex received new lighting and a new playing surface before the 2008-09 season.

The Series vs. Oregon: This will be the 18th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding the 13-4 all time advantage. The series marks the first in conference play in which Arizona holds the advantage.

The Last Meeting: On March 27, 2011, the Ducks claimed a 4-3 decision over Arizona in Eugene, Ore. Oregon clinched all three doubles matches and went on to win three of six singles matches. Andre Vidaller and Mario Urquidi claimed singles wins on courts three and six to earn to of Arizona's points.

Scouting the Ducks: Last weekend, the Ducks were topped in two conference matches. On Friday, Oregon traveled to play No.11 Stanford. The Ducks dropped the doubles point with losses on courts one and three and were swept in singles play to complete the 7-0 decision. On Saturday, the Ducks headed to Berkley to play the No. 12-ranked California Bears. Oregon dropped all three doubles matches and were edged on all six singles courts in the second 7-0 decision of the weekend.

Sunday's Match Data: The Wildcats (5-14, 0-3 Pac-12) travel to Seattle, Wash. to play the No. 25-ranked Washington Huskies (12-7, 0-4 Pac-12).

Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center: The center is made up of six courts and can hold 600 spectators. Financing for the center was provided by the family of the late Lloyd Nordstrom who was a member of the Husky team from 1930-32.

The Series vs. Washington: This will be the twenty-sixth meeting of the two schools with Washington holding the 15-10 advantage over Arizona.

The Last Meeting: On March 25, 2011 the Cats fell 6-1 to the then No. 20-ranked Huskies in Seattle. Washington swept doubles play and claimed five of six singles matches.

Scouting the Huskies: Last weekend, Washington dropped two 7-0 conference decisions on the road. On Friday, the Huskies traveled to play No. 12 California. California swept doubles play and went on to top the Huskies on all six singles courts. On Saturday, the Huskies claimed one doubles match over No. 11 Stanford but the win would be their only one for the day as Stanford went on to sweep singles play. Before hosting Arizona, the Huskies will take on Utah in Seattle.

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