Feb. 11, 2009
Date: Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009
Time: 12:00 p.m. (Tucson time)
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Match Data: The Wildcats (5-1) come into its match against the Dons (0-4) riding a three-match winning streak. Arizona will look to improve its home record to 5-0. This will be the third of five straight matches at home for the Wildcats.
The Rankings: In the latest ITA collegiate rankings, Arizona is listed at No. 45 overall. Individually sophomore Jay Goldman is ranked No.88 in singles play and the doubles team of Francois VanderMerwe and Pat Metham is listed at No. 18.
Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitz…will begin his fourth season at the helm for the Wildcats. He currently has a record of 33-38. 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, 34, 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 fourth year in that capacity.
Scouting the Dons: San Francisco (0-4, 0-1WCC) is coming into its match against Arizona hoping to end its losing streak. The Dons were ranked as high as 67th in the ITA polls, but dropped from the polls after for straight loses.
The Series vs. San Francisco: This will be the second meeting of the two schools, with the Wildcats winning the only other match.
Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week: Junior Andres Arango was named Pac-10 Men’s Tennis Player of the week for his efforts against No. 34 South Florida and No. 55 Saint Mary’s. Against South Florida, Arango defeated Mahmoud Hamed 6-0, 6-2. He also won his doubles match with Ravid Hazi 8-4. On Sunday, he defeated Maxime Olivan 6-0, 6-0. On the season, Arango is 4-1 in singles and 2-2 in doubles. He has been paired with Hazi and Jason Zafiros.
The Beast Pat Metham: Junior Pat Metham is playing well in position #5. Through five matches, Metham boosts a 4-1 record and 1-0 record playing in position #4. He also teams with senior Francois VanderMerwe in doubles. The duo is ranked No. 18 and has a 2-0 record, including a 9-8 (7-3) upset over No. 15 Lucas Jovita and Thomas Estrada of South Florida.
Jason “Vamos” Zafiros: Freshman Jason Zafiros continues to play well in position #6 winning all five matches (5-0). In addition to his 1-0 victory in position #5, Zafiros is 6-0 on the season and has won 12 straight sets.
Singles and Doubles Results through Four Matches (Overall team record, 3-1):
Player #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
Andres Arango 1-0 3-1 - - - -
Ola Bakke - - - - - 1-0
Andres Carrasco- - - 0-1 4-1 -
Geoff Embry - - - - - -
Jay Goldman 1-2 - - - - -
Ravid Hazi - - 2-0 2-2 - -
David Humphreys- - - - - -
Pat Metham - - - 1-0 4-1 -
Francois VanderMerwe- - - - - -
Jason Zafiros - - - - 1-0 5-0
VanderMerwe/ 2-0 - -
Goldman/Hazi - 1-2 -
Arango/Zafiros - - 1-2
Hazi/Arango - 1-0 -
Goldman/Zafiros - 0-1
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.
Fall Season: The Cats participated in six fall tournaments during the fall semester...In the Aggie Fall invite, the Costa Mesa Futures, the Arizona Fall Classic, the All-American Championships, the ITA West Regional Championships and the UNLV Classic … In Las Cruces, N.M., senior Francois VanderMerwe defeated Brian Joiner from ACU 6-1, 6-4 in the Crimson Singles Flight (Final Round) … In the first annual Arizona Classic, freshman Jason Zafiros won the singles round … In Las Vegas, VanderMerwe lost to Maxime Adam of Fresno Pacific 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals … In Malibu, Calif., at the ITA West Regional Championships, four Wildcats- Jay Goldman, Pat Metham, Andres Arango, Andres Carrasco- all advanced to the Round of 16.
Up Next: Arizona will be in action again on Friday Feb. 20, 2009 when they take on No. 50 San Diego at 1:00 p.m. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.