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Wildcats Host Jacks in Season Opener
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 18, 2012
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Jan. 18, 2012


Date: Saturday Jan, 21
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Tucson Country Club

Match Data: The Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) open the season with four matches in Tucson. The first of these matches will be held at Tucson Country Club where the Cats will take on the NAU Lumberjacks (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky).

Tucson Country Club: Saturday’s match will be held at the Tucson Country Club, located at 2950 N Camino Principal. The facility consists of eleven hard tennis courts and will play host to both the Arizona men’s and women’s tennis teams on Saturday.

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.

Last Time Out: In the final tournament of the fall season, sophomores Andre Vidaller and Giacomo Miccini traveled to Sarasota, Fla. to compete in the 2011 Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic. Miccini advanced to the quarterfinals where he was edged by Julian Dehn from Minnesota.

The Series vs. NAU: This will be the 26th meeting between the two schools, with Arizona holding the 24-1 advantage over the Lumberjacks.

The Last Meeting: On Feb. 6, 2011, the Wildcats blanked the Lumberjacks, 7-0. Arizona narrowly clinched the doubles point with all three matches entering tiebreakers. The Cats went on to sweep the Lumberjacks in singles play.

Scouting the Lumberjacks: This will be the first match for NAU and the team entered the preseason rankings at No. 3 in the Big Sky Conference. “It is our first match of the season and all our guys are excited to get out and compete,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “NAU has always been tough and we expect the same on Saturday.”

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