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Release: 05/27/2009
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May 27, 2009

The Arizona men’s tennis team finished up one of the most impressive seasons in program history as they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history.

 

Along the way, the Wildcats managed to win 14 straight matches, en route to 18 wins on the season, upset then-No. 8 Stanford, for only the third time in school history, reach as high as No. 17 in the ITA rankings, finished the year 14-1 record at home, have three separate players earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, sophomore Jay Goldman was named to Second-Team All-Pac-10, head coach Tad Berkowitz was named Pac-10 Men’s Coach of the Year, all resulting in the Wildcats making their seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament.     

 

The year began on a high when three Wildcats – Andres Arango, Andres Carrasco and Goldman – were ranked in the ITA’s preseason top 100, the first time in school history. Arizona took that momentum and had one of the best starts to a season, winning 16 of its first 17 games. The only bump along the road was a 5-2 loss to then-No. 7 Florida at the National Spring Kick-Off in Gainesville, Fla.

 

Unfortunately after the hot start, Arizona managed to go 2-3 in its final five games. However, one of those wins came against then-No. 8 Stanford, who the Wildcats had beat only two times in the previous 72 meetings.

 

Throughout the entire season the Wildcats were tested by every opponent. Of the 22 opponents the Wildcats faced, 16 of them were ranked and four of them were in the top 10. Arizona managed an 11-5 record against ranked opponents, respectively. Nine of the 22 opponents made it to the NCAA Tournament, and the Wildcats had a 4-5 record against tournament teams.

 

With all the success Arizona had throughout the season, it came as no surprise when the Wildcats were invited to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history, and the first since 2006. In the first round of the tournament Arizona faced the No. 56 Texas A & M-Corpus Christi Islanders in College Station. The Wildcats came into this match hungry and focused, and it showed as Arizona dominated the match on their way to a 4-0 victory.

 

With the win over the Islanders, Arizona advanced to the second round. Up next for the Wildcats were the Aggies of Texas A & M. Against the Aggies the Wildcats looked a step slow. TAMU took the early 1-0 lead by winning two of the three doubles point, and then completed the sweep by winning matches on courts No.1, No. 4 and No. 5.  

 

Arizona finished the season with an 18-6 record overall, 2-4 record in Pac-10 play and No. 24 in the final ITA Rankings.           

Singles and Doubles Results (Overall team record, 18-6, 2-4 Pac-10):

 

Player             #1        #2        #3        #4        #5        #6

 

Andres Arango 3-0       13-6     -           -           -          

Ola Bakke        -           -           -           -           -           4-2                                                      

Andres Carrasco-         2-0       9-4       6-1       -           -                                  

Geoff Embry     -           -           -           -           -           -

Jay Goldman    12-7     -           -           -           -           -

Ravid Hazi        -           1-0       4-4       6-7       -           -

David Humphreys-       -           -           -           -           -

Pat Metham      -           -           -           3-0       11-8     -

Francois VanderMerwe-          -           -           -           -          

Jason Zafiros    -           -           -           -           4-0       14-1

 

Doubles

 

VanderMerwe/ 7-7       -           -          

  Metham

 

Goldman/Hazi   -           2-2       2-2

 

Arango/Zafiros -           -           1-2

 

Hazi/Arango     -           1-0       -

 

Goldman/Zafiros           -           0-1

 

VanderMerwe/  0-2     -           -

   Hazi

Arango/Carrasco-        8-4       1-0

Goldman/Bakke-          -           2-1

Goldman/Metham-       1-1       1-0

Metham/Hazi    -           0-2       -

Hazi/Bakke      -           -           1-0

Arango/Hazi   0-2         -           -

VanderMerwe/

   Carrasco       -           -           2-0

    

 

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