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Wildcats Travel for Pair of Matches
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 29, 2012
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Feb. 29, 2012


Date: Friday March 2, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Ft. Worth, Texas

Date: Sunday March 4, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Norman, Okla.

Last Time Out: Arizona dropped their fifth consecutive match in a 6-1 decision against Denver. The cats clinched the doubles point with wins on courts two and three but were edged in all six matches of singles 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 (3-5, 0-0 Pac-12) travel to Ft. Worth, Texas to play the TCU Frogs (4-6, 0-0 Mountain West). The match is set to be held at TCU’s Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center: Home to 27 recessed courts including 5 indoor and six varsity courts reserved for the TCU men’s and women’s tennis programs. The center includes a pavilion with a seating capacity of 1,500 as well as a fully-stocked pro shop and complete locker facilities. Was selected as one of the top-25 tennis facilities in the country by Tennis Magazine in 1990.

The Series vs. TCU: This will be the second meeting of the two schools with TCU holding the 1-0 advantage over Arizona. The match marks the first of the season with Arizona holding the disadvantage.

Scouting the Frogs: The Frogs dropped a 6-1 match at Texas A&M on Feb. 24. TCU swept doubles play but dropped all six singles matches.

Sunday’s Match Data: The Wildcats (3-5 0-0 Pac-12) will travel to Norma, Okla. to play the Oklahoma Sooners (4-2, 0-0 Big-12).

Tennis Facilities: Oklahoma athletics is home to three tennis facilities, the Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion, which boasts indoor courts, Headington Family Tennis Center and OU Tennis Club. Each facility plays host to a number of Oklahoma’s home matches each season.

The Series vs. Oklahoma: This will be the fourth meeting of the two schools with Oklahoma holding the 2-1 advantage over Arizona.

The Last Meeting: On March 11, 2011, the Cats fell 4-2 to the Sooners at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Oklahoma swept singles play and went on to win three singles matches. Earning the Wildcat’s two points of the day were Kieren Thompson on court five and Mario Urquidi on court six, both matches were decided 6-3, 6-3.

Scouting the Sooners: In their last match against the then 13th ranked Pepperdine Waves, the then No. 20 Sooners clinched the doubles point, winning two matches. Oklahoma then went on to win two singles matches, but dropped the match, 4-3.

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