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Release: 02/15/2008
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Match 8 ?C No. 69 Arizona (6-1) vs. No. 57 Minnesota (1-4)

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Date:?Sunday, February 17, 2008

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Time: ?10: 00 a.m. MST

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Location: ?LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, Tucson, Ariz.

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Match Data: ??Arizona is back at home after a two game road trip in Texas. This weekend the Cats will play host to the Minnesota Gophers on Sunday and the San Diego State Aztecs on Monday.

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The Rankings: ??Arizona is ranked No. 69 in this weeks ITA collegiate poll.? Claudio Christen and Bruno Alcala are currently ranked No. 7 in terms of doubles partnersˇ?Christen is ranked No. 37 as a singles player. The next scheduled team rankings are due out on Feb. 20. They will include both updated player and team rankings.

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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 23-27.? 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 Gophers: Minnesota is 1-4 on the season. They have beaten the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay but have lost to four ranked opponents. Their last two defeats both came by a score of 4-3 against No. 33 Oklahoma and No. 50 Drake, respectively.

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The Series with Minnesota: ?In the all-time series, Minnesota has a 2-0 advantage over Arizona.

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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:? ?The Cats had their first road trip of the season and came away with a split. They lost to No. 23 Rice 5-2, but came back strong to defeat No .42 Texas A&M Corpus Christi 6-1. Freshman Jay Goldman led the way for Arizona as he beat No. 34 Christopher Muller, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 and Dmitry Novikov, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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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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Pac-10 Early Standings : Six of the eight possible teams are ranked in the early season with USC leading the ˇ?Pacˇ± at No. 6.? Stanford, which is currently ranked No. 40 has played a brutal schedule losing to No. 2 Georgia, No. 6 USC, No. 8 UCLA, and No. 25 Tulsa. The Cats begin conference play Friday, Feb. 22 at USC.

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Early Home Action: ?The Wildcats will look to use their early home schedule to jump out and pick up wins.? Seven of Arizonaˇ?s nine first matches will be played in Tucson.

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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 host the San Diego State Aztecs on Monday beginning at 12 p.m.

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