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Release: 02/20/2008
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Match 10 ?C No. 48 Arizona (8-1) vs. No. 7 USC (8-2)

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Date: ?Friday, February 22, 2008

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Time: ?2: 30 p.m. MST

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Location: ?Marks Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.

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Match Data: ??Arizona begins its conference schedule this weekend as they travel to face the USC Trojans on Friday, February 22, 2008.

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The Rankings: ??Arizona is ranked No. 48 in the most recent ITA collegiate poll. They jumped 21 spots since the last set of rankings. Freshman Jay Goldman is currently ranked No. 79 individually.? The next scheduled team rankings are due out on Feb. 26.

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Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitzˇ? will begin his third season at the helm for the Wildcats . He currently has a record of 25-27.? Berkowitz 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, 33, was a top collegiate player for the universities of Kentucky and New Mexico, respectively.? Berkowitz began his coaching career in 1999?as an assistant coach at Alabama for three seasons. In his final year he helped the Crimson Tide earn a No. 18 national ranking and a berth in the NCAA Championships.? He is assisted by Tom Lloyd, who is in his second year in that capacity.

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Scouting the Trojans: USC is currently 8-2 on the season. Last weekend the Trojans were up in Seattle, Wash. competing in the National Indoor Championships. They are led by No. 7 Robert Farah and No. 89 Kaes Vant Hof.

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The Series with USC: ?In the all-time series, USC has an 89-2 advantage over Arizona. Arizonaˇ?s last victory over USC was in 2006 by a score of 4-3.

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Returnees: ?The Cats will be led by their three senior leaders, Claudio Christen, Bruno Alcala and Nate Cochrane throughout the season.? Christen, ranked No. 37 in the ITA polls, will look use a successful fall season as momentum going into the spring schedule.


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Last Time Out:? ?Arizona played a hard fought match with the San Diego State Aztecs and were victorious 5-2.? The doubles duo of Bruno Alcala and Ravid Hazi knocked off Matan Shirit and Andre Feliz to win the doubles point for the Wildcats.? In singles, Jay Goldman beat Juan Gomez 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, while Alcala won 6-4 6-4 over Feliz.

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New Faces in the Crowd: ?Arizona has four ˇ®newbiesˇ? this season. Among the bunch is freshman Jay Goldman, a five-star recruit out of Worcester, Mass., who is expected to make an immediate impact. Another newcomer is sophomore Pat Metham, a transfer who grew up Wellington, New Zealand.

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Recapping Last Year: ?The Cats finished last season with a record of 5-17 overall.? Individually they were led by junior Claudio Christen who was at times ranked as high as No. 83. As a team, Arizona was ranked in nine of the weekly polls. They fluctuated from as high as No.48 to No. 75.

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Some New (Volunteer) Coaching Help: ?This year Arizona is pleased to have ATP all-pro Taylor Dent as a volunteer assistant coach throughout the season.? Dent, who was ranked as the No. 21 player in the world on August 8th 2005, suffered a back injury which caused him to miss most of the past seasons. After having successful surgery, Dent was contacted by good friend and former coach Tom Lloyd, now an assistant with Arizona, who extended the coaching invitation.? Dent, while working on rehabbing his back, will coach the Wildcats on specific and individual techniques. Dent is known as an aggressive serve-and-volleyer with one of the biggest serves on the tour, tying Andy Roddick for the record of fastest serve at 155 mph.

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Around the Pac : UCLA and USC are ranked No. 6 and No. 7 respectively after playing in the prestigious National Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash. Washington had a surprising win over No. 10 Alabama and Arizona State just completed a rather strange road trip each which they beat Auburn and Southern Mississippi.

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Fall Season: ?The Cats participated in five fall tournaments during the fall semester...In the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational, Claudio Christen and Bruno Alcala were bale to win the doubles championshipˇ?At the Aggie Fall Invitational in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Ravid Hazi advanced to the finals before falling to champion Jim Brouleau of New Mexico Stateˇ?Christen competed in the prestigious Polo All American Championship in Tulsa, OK and won four matches before finally falling to No. 17 Adam Holmstrom of Denverˇ?Peter Zimmer competed in three fall events and posted a record of 5-3.

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Up Next: ?The Cats will be at No. 6 UCLA on Saturday, February 23, 2008.

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