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Men's Tennis Prepares for Three Road Matches
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/13/2012
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March 13, 2012

TUCSON -

Date: Wednesday March 14, 2012 
 

Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

Date: Friday March 16, 2012 
 

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Boise, Idaho

Date: Saturday March 17, 2012 
 

Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Boise, Idaho

Last Time Out: Arizona split the weekend at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. On Saturday, the Wildcats dropped their eighth consecutive match with a, 5-2, loss to the San Diego State Aztecs. Earning Arizona’s two points of the day were Mario Urquidi and Kieren Thompson who earned singles victories on courts two and six. On Monday, the Cats snapped their losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the New Mexico State Aggies. Arizona swept singles play and went on to win four of six singles matches. Sophomores Kieren Thompson and Mario Urquidi and freshmen Carlos Bermudez and Sumeet Shinde all earned singles victories for the Wildcats to propel them past the Aggies.

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.

Wednesday's Match Data: The Wildcats (4-8, 0-0 Pac-12) travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to play the New Mexico Lobos (12-5, 1-1 Mountain West).

Linda Estes Tennis Complex: Wednesday’s match will be held at New Mexico’s home complex which is home to 13 courts with seven lit outdoor courts and two tennis domes.

The Series vs. New Mexico: This will be the 42nd meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding the 33-8 all time advantage.

The Last Meeting: On February 11, 2011, the Cats swept the Lobos at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Arizona earned the doubles point with wins on courts one and three and dominated singles play with victories on all six courts.

Scouting the Lobos: Over the weekend, New Mexico defeated Air Force, 7-0, earning their first conference victory of the season. The following day, the Lobos fell 5-2 to BYU. New Mexico dropped the doubles point and went on to win only two of the six singles matches.

Friday's Match Data: The Wildcats (4-8, 0-0 Pac-12) will continue their spring break line-up on the road as they travel to Boise, Idaho to play the Boise State Broncos (12-5, 0-0 Mountain West).

Appleton Tennis Center: Home to six lit courts and plenty of seating, Appleton Tennis Center will play host to the Wildcats in two of this week’s matches.

The Series vs. Boise State: This will be the fifth meeting of the two schools with the Broncos holding the 1-3 all time advantage.

The Last Meeting: On April 8, 2010, the Cats fell, 4-3, to the Broncos at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The Wildcats dropped the doubles point but fought back to win three singles matches.

Scouting the Broncos: Boise State earned two consecutive victories over the weekend with wins over Cal Poly and Montana. Against Cal Poly, the Broncos dropped the doubles point but battled back to win five of six singles matches. Against Montana, Boise State swept doubles play and went on to complete the sweep with six singles victories.

Saturday's Match Data: The Wildcats (4-8, 0-0 Pac-12) will continue their time in Boise, Idaho as they take on the Idaho Vandals (8-8, 0-0 WAC).

The Series vs. Idaho: This will be the second meeting of the two schools with the Vandals holding the 0-1 all time advantage.

The Last Meeting: On March 6, 2011, the Cats earned a 6-1 victory over the Aggies at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Arizona clinched the doubles point with wins on courts two and three and earned wins on five of six singles courts.

Scouting the Vandals: Over the weekend, the Vandals earned one victory and were edged in two matches. Against St. Mary’s, Idaho dropped the doubles point but came back to win four of six singles matches. In their second match of the weekend, the Vandals were blanked by Santa Clara. To finish out the weekend, the Vandals fell 4-2 to Wisconson.

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