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Men's Tennis Prepares for Final Home Matches
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/30/2011
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March 30, 2011

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Date: Friday, April 1, 2011 vs. No. 6 California

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Tucson, Ariz. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

 

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2011 vs. No. 12 Stanford

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Tucson, Ariz. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

 

Follow the Match Live: During Friday's and Sunday's matches follow the action through a live blog on the Arizona men's tennis home page.

 

Match Data: The Wildcats (8-9, 1-1 Pac-10) return home to host their final two home matches this weekend as they continue Pac-10 play. The first test for the Wildcats will be against the No.6-ranked California Golden Bears (9-5, 1-1 Pac-10) on April 1 at 1:30 p.m. It will be the last two home matches for seniors Andres Carrasco, Geoff Embry, Jay Goldman and Borja Malo.

 

Swinging Into The Rankings: In this week's rankings the Wildcats dropped three spots to No. 56. 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 trekked to Seattle, Wash. and Eugene, Ore. last weekend for their first Pac-10 matches. On Friday, then No. 53-ranked Arizona dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 20-ranked Washington at the Quillian Stadium. The Wildcats dropped the doubles point and fell short in five singles matches. Arizona's lone point came in singles action with Geoff Embry claiming a super-tiebreaker in the No. 4 slot. On Sunday, the Wildcats traveled to Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks. Arizona dropped their fourth straight match and second conference match after being swept in doubles and falling short in three singles. Senior Andres Carrasco and freshmen Andre Vidaller and Mario Urquidi claimed singles wins for the Cats.

 

Scouting the Golden Bears: The team holds a 9-5 (1-1 Pac-10) record heading into Friday's match. Last weekend, California dropped a 4-1 decision at home to Pac-10 USC on Friday, after topping UCLA at home 4-3 on Saturday. The Golden Bears have three players ranked in the ITA singles rankings. Pedro Zerbini is ranked at No. 17, Carlos Cueto is ranked at No. 65 and Nick Andrews is ranked at No. 96. The Golden Bears also have three doubles teams, ranked in the ITA doubles rankings. Christoffer Konigsfeldt and Andrews are ranked at No. 22, the duo of Cueto and Jonathan Dahan are ranked at No. 82, and the pair of Ben McLachlan and Zerbini are ranked at No. 89.

 

The Series vs. Cal: This will be the 58th meeting between the two schools, with the Golden Bears holding a 13-44 advantage over the Wildcats.

 

The Last Meeting: California 6, Arizona 1, March 26, 2010: Then No. 16-ranked California topped then No. 32-ranked Arizona 6-1 in Berkeley, Calif. Current Wildcats, Borja Malo, Geoff Embry, and Andres Carrasco competed in doubles action, while Carrasco was the lone Wildcat claiming a singles win. Along with Carrasco, current Wildcats, Goldman, Zafiros and Embry competed in the singles lineup.

 

Sunday's Match-Up Data: In the second match of the weekend and the Wildcat's final home match of the season, the Wildcats will take on No. 12-ranked Stanford  (9-5, 1-1 Pac-10) at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center on Sunday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Scouting the Cardinal: Stanford currently holds a 9-5 record and are 1-1 in the Pac-10 heading into Sunday's Pac-10 match-up. The Cardinal will first face Tulsa on Friday in Stanford, Calif. before heading to Arizona. Last weekend, on Saturday the Cardinal downed UCLA 6-1 at home, only dropping one singles match. On Friday, Stanford fell to USC 4-2 at home. The Cardinal has three players ranked in the ITA singles rankings. Bradley Klahn is ranked at No. 11, Ryan Thacher is ranked at No. 32, and Alex Clayton is ranked at No. 60. Stanford also has a pair of doubles teams ranked in the ITA doubles rankings. The duo of Klahn and Thacher are ranked at No. 4 and Clayton and Ted Kelly are ranked at No. 67.

 

The Series vs. Stanford: This will be the 65th meeting between the two schools, with the Cardinal holding a 3-61 advantage over the Wildcats.

 

The Last Meeting: Stanford 6, Arizona 1, March 27, 2010: Then No. 15-ranked Stanford defeated then No. 32-ranked Arizona 6-1 in Palo Alto, Calif., sweeping in all three doubles matches and clinching five of the six singles matches. Current Wildcats Borja Malo, Geoff Embry, and Andres Carrasco competed in doubles action, while current Wildcats Jay Goldman, Carrasco, Zafiros and Embry all competed in singles action.

 

Freshmen Heating up: Arizona's freshmen have stepped up for the Wildcats this season. In Arizona's 17 matches, 16 in which they have competed in, the Wildcats have had at least two freshmen in their line-up. In seven 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 Wildcat's started four freshmen in their singles line-up. Quick Stat: The Wildcats are 4-3 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 6-3 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 3-3, Kieren Thompson holds a 6-7 record, and Andre Vidaller holds a 9-6 record in singles dual matches played.

 

Cats On the Road: After this weekend's matches, the Wildcats will 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. Last season the Wildcats finished with a 2-4 record and a fifth place tie in the Pac-10. This season the Wildcats are 0-2.

 

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 all seven teams ranked in the top 75.

2) USC

6) Cal

12) Stanford

16) UCLA

20) Washington

56) Arizona

65) 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 65 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 67-61 record.

 

Finishing up at the Rob: For the seniors, Carrasco, Embry, Goldman, and Malo, this will be their last two home matches playing collegiate tennis at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The four of them have a combined 147-112 overall singles record at Arizona and an overall 90-78 doubles record at Arizona.

 

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 are 7-3.

 

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 California to continue Pac-10 play next weekend against UCLA and USC. It will be the last two Pac-10 matches of the season for the Wildcats. The team will face UCLA on April 8 at 1:30 p.m. before taking on USC on April 9 at 12 p.m.

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