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Wildcats Continue Homestand Against Cal Poly
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 01, 2012
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Feb. 1, 2012


Date: Saturday, February 4
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

Match Data: The Wildcats (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) continue their season in Tucson as they host the Cal Poly Mustangs (1-3, 0-0 Big West) at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

LaNelle Robson Tennis Center: This weekend’s match will be held on Arizona’s home courts. LaNelle Robson Tennis Center was dedicated in 1991 and is home to 17 lit courts, a center-court grandstand and a permanent canopy over the stands.

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: Last weekend, the Cats marked two in the win column with 4-3 wins over the Sacramento State Hornets and The San Francisco Dons. Against the Hornets, Arizona swept doubles play and claimed three singles matches to earn their first victory of the weekend. On Sunday, the Cats claimed their third consecutive victory by winning two doubles matches and three singles matches against the Dons.

The Series vs. Cal Poly: This will be the eight meeting of the two schools. Arizona holds the 7-0 advantage over the Mustangs.

The Last Meeting: On Feb. 14, 2010, the Cats clinched their seventh straight win over the Mustangs at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Arizona fell behind early, losing the doubles point, but came back to clinch four singles matches and win the match, 4-3.

Scouting the Mustangs: Last weekend, the Mustangs earned their first win when they defeated BYU, 4-2. Cal Poly claimed the doubles point and went on to win three singles matches, with the match clinched singles competition was not completed. Earlier in the season, Cal Poly fell in three straight matches. In their season opener, the Mustanges were edged by San Diego, 4-2. In their second match of the season, the Mustanges fell, 5-2 to San Diego State in San Diego. Against Pepperdine, one doubles match and three singles matches were left unfinished because of a decisive 4-0 victory in favor of Pepperdine.

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