April 27, 2011
What: 2011 Pacific-10 Championships
Date: Thursday, April 28-Sunday, May 1
Time: All Day
Location: Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif.
Radio: radiotennis.com (10 a.m. PST)
TUCSON - The No. 53-ranked University of Arizona men's tennis team will send four players this weekend to Ojai, Calif. to compete in the 2011 Pacific-10 Championships April 28-May 1 at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club at Libbey Park.
"The Pac-10 Championships is an individual tournament as opposed to a team tournament," said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "The guys we are taking are all playing well and looking forward to the postseason."
Senior Geoff Embry, sophomore Frank Chen, and freshmen Mario Urquidi and Andre Vidaller will compete in the 32-player singles draw. Embry and Vidaller will then team up in doubles competition for the first time this season and Urquidi and Chen will pair up for the fourth time this season in the Round of 16. The duo holds an overall 1-2 record and finished 0-1 in dual matches at the No. 3 slot.
This season, Embry has compiled an overall 13-11 record, while tallying a 9-8 dual match singles record (2-3 Pac-10) and a 4-3 fall record. In doubles, the senior holds an overall 7-13 (0-5 Pac-10) record. He will take on Cal's Nick Andrews at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Chen holds a 1-1 (0-1 Pac-10) dual match record while compiling a 4-3 fall record to tally a 5-4 overall record. In doubles, the sophomore holds a 3-6 (0-2 Pac-10) record. Chen will face the No. 5-seed of Amit Inbar of UCLA Thursday at 11 a.m.
Urquidi enters this week's competition with an overall 13-13 record, with an 8-7 (1-4 record) dual match record, while holding a 5-6 fall record. In doubles, the freshman has an overall 3-11 (0-2 Pac-10) record. Urquidi will take on the No. 2-seed of Bradley Klahn of Stanford Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
Rounding out the Wildcats lineup is Vidaller who holds an 11-9 (3-3 Pac-10) overall record including dual match action. In doubles, the freshman tallied an 8-12 (1-4) overall record. Vidaller will face USC's Emilio Gomez Thursday at 8 a.m.
In the doubles championship draw, the senior-duo of Embry and Vidaller are set to take on Kyle McMorrow and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan of Washington on Friday at 9 a.m. Arizona's other doubles pair of Chen and Urquidi are slated to face the No. 1 doubles seed of Stanford's Klahn and Thacher on Friday at 10 a.m.
Schedule of Play: Two rounds of singles will be played on Thursday, followed by one round of singles and two rounds of doubles on Friday. Semifinals will be played on Saturday followed by the final matches on Sunday.
Thursday's Singles Matches:
First round (32) of the Singles Championship Bracket:
Andre Vidaller vs. Emilio Gomez (USC) at 8 a.m.
Frank Chen vs. No. 5 Amit Inbar (UCLA) at 11 a.m.
Geoff Embry vs. Nick Andrews (CAL) at 9:30 a.m.
Mario Urquidi vs. No. 2 Bradley Klahn (STAN) at 12:30 p.m.
Friday's Doubles Matches:
Doubles-Championship Bracket-Round of 16:
Geoff Embry/Andre Vidaller vs. Kyle McMorrow/Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (WASH) at 9 a.m.
Frank Chen/Mario Urquidi vs. No. 1 Bradley Klahn/Ryan Thacher (STAN) at 10 a.m.
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 six of the seven teams ranked in the top 75.
Seizing the Competition: A look at the singles and doubles rankings around the Pac-10 has 17 players ranked in the ITA singles rankings with 11 doubles pairings ranked in the ITA doubles rankings.
USC: Four singles, three doubles pairings
Stanford: Three singles, two doubles teams
UCLA: Four singles, three doubles pairings
Cal: Three singles, one doubles team
Washington: Two singles, two doubles teams
Arizona: 1 singles, no doubles pairings
Looking Back at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships: Stanford and USC shared the 2009-10 Championship title. Last year, the Wildcats struggled in singles and doubles competition. On the first day of singles action, current Wildcats Geoff Embry, Borja Malo, Jay Goldman and Frank Chen and graduated seniors Pat Metham and Ravid Hazi all dropped their singles matches. Embry and Chen will be the only two returning to the tournament this season. In doubles action, the Wildcats' duo pair of Embry and Metham advanced to the quarterfinals but fell short 8-4 to the No. 1 USC pair of Farah and Johnson. Hazi and Malo fell in their first doubles match in the Round of 16.
Swinging Into The Rankings: In this week's rankings the Wildcats improved eight spots to No. 53. Senior Andres Carrasco is ranked No. 96 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.
Last Time Out: The Wildcats finished the regular season last weekend in Las Cruces, N.M. against No. 56 Idaho and No. 50 Boise State. On Friday, then No. 61 Arizona dropped its 14 match of the season vs. Idaho 4-2. Seniors Andres Carrasco and Geoff Embry claimed the Wildcats' lone singles matches of the day. Arizona bounced back on Sunday, to snap their nine match losing streak against Boise State 4-2 to close out the regular season. It was the second win for the Wildcats against the Broncos this season. Carrasco, Miccini, Urquidi and Chen all secured singles wins. The Wildcats finished dual match play with a 9-14 (0-6 Pac-10) overall record.
Tough Road for the Cats: The Wildcats are back on the road this weekend, but it hasn't been such a smooth ride for the Cats. This season, the team finished with a 0-4 record on the road at away sites, while tallying a 2-5 record at neutral sites. Last season the Wildcats finished 2-4 on the road.
Against the Pack: Arizona finished Pac-10 play with a 0-6 record. The last time the Wildcats were defeated in Pac-10 action was in 2006-07 when they went 0-7, when ASU competed in the league.
Stacked Non-Conference Schedule: As always, the Wildcats faced a competitive non-conference schedule, 10 of the 15 non-conference teams that the Wildcats played 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
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.
50+Milestones: Junior Jason Zafiros passed the 50+ milestones for singles wins. The Bradenton, Fla. native has passed the milestone with 56 wins. Senior Jay Goldman finished two singles win shy of tying the mark.
60+Milestones: Senior Andres Carrasco has reached a new milestone in his career. The Cabrils, Barcelona, Spain native finished with 67 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 68-68 record.
24 Doubles Combo: Heading into this weekend's action, the Wildcats have used 23 different doubles combos, and the doubles pairing of Embry and Vidaller will make the 24th different doubles pairing combination this spring season.
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 finished 7-5.
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.