Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men's Tennis Hosts Pair of Matches
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 07, 2012
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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March 7, 2012


Date: Saturday March 10, 2012 

Time: Noon 

Location: LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

Date: Monday March 12, 2012 

Time: 10:00 a.m. 

Location: LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

Last Time Out: Arizona dropped two matches on the road last weekend. Against TCU, the Cats dropped the doubles point, losing on courts one and three but came back to win two singles matches. Mario Urquidi clinched a win on court four and Robin Chou earned a victory in his first colligate duel match. Against Oklahoma, the Cats were swept in doubles play and earned their only point of the day when Chou clinched his second match of the weekend.

LaNelle Robson Tennis Center: This weekend's matches 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.

Saturday's Match Data: The Wildcats (3-7, 0-0 Pac-12) look to snap their losing streak when they host the San Diego State Aztecs (6-3, 0-0 Mountain West).

The Series vs. San Diego State: This will be the 27th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding the 22-4 all-time advantage over the Aztecs.

The Last Meeting: On March 16, 2010, the Cats earned a 5-2 decision over the Aztecs in Las Cruces, N.M. Arizona dropped the doubles point losing all three matches but bounced back to win five of six singles matches.

Scouting the Aztecs: San Diego State clinched a 4-3 match over William & Marry on March 6 in San Diego. The Aztecs dropped the doubles point with losses on courts one and three but came back to win four singles matches to clinch the competition.

Monday's Match Data: The Wildcats (3-7, 0-0 Pac-12) will continue their spring break line-up in Tucson when they host the New Mexico State Aggies (4-5, 0-0 WAC).

The Series vs. New Mexico State: This will be the 19th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding the 17-1 all-time advantage over the Aggies.

The Last Meeting: On March 6, 2011, the Cats earned a 6-1 victory over the Aggies at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Arizona clinched the doubles point with wins on courts two and three and earned wins on five of six singles courts.

Scouting the Aggies: New Mexico State dropped a 5-2 decision to South Alabama on February 12 in Las Cruses, N.M. The Aggies dropped the doubles point, losing matches on courts one and three. In singles play, the Aggies won matches on courts three and five but were unable to win the competition.

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