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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/22/2013
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April 22, 2013

TUCSON -

Date: April 23, 2013-April 28, 2013
Time: All Day
Location: Ojai Valley Athletic Club/Libby Park
Draws: Pac-12.com

Follow the Action: Pac-12 Networks will be televising the Pac-12 Tennis Championships. The men’s team finals will be shown on Sunday, April 28 at 5 p.m. PT and the women’s doubles finals will be shown on Sunday, April 28 at 8 p.m. PT.

Ojai Valley Athletic Club/Libby Park: Directions to this facility can be found at by clicking here.

Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitz enters his eighth 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. 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.

Super Seven: Arizona returns seven players from the 2011-2012 season. Juniors Giacomo Miccini, Mario Urquidi, and Andre Vidaller return as the most experienced members of the team. Sophomores Carlos Bermudez, Robin Chou and Sumeet Shinde also return as key contributors.

Fresh Four: The Wildcats welcome four new players to the 2013 roster. Freshman Matt Dunn joined the team in the fall along with sophomore transfer Ben Lee. Joining the team at the start of the spring season are freshman Naoki Takeda and junior transfer Fredrik Ask.

Conference Play in Review: The Cats finished the 2013 season with a 0-7 conference record, the season marks the second straight where the Cats have been unable to secure a Pac-12 victory. Arizona opened play in Tucson as they hosted Washington and Oregon. The Cats narrowly lost in their opener against Washington, 4-3, and fell, 6-1, to Oregon in their final home match of the season. On the road, Arizona’s fortunes did not improve as they dropped five more Pac-12 matches, losing 7-0 to USC, UCLA and California and falling 6-1 to Stanford and Utah.

Match Data: In the first round of the Pac-12 Championship Tournament, the No. 8 seed Wildcats (10-13, 0-7 Pac-12) will take on the No. 5 seed Washington Huskies (16-10, 3-4 Pac-12). The match is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Libby Tennis Center.

The last meeting: On March 29, 2013 the Cats and Dawgs met at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center as both teams opened conference play. The teams fought a close battle with Arizona falling behind 3-0 before roaring back to tie the match at 3 all. Earning wins points for the Cats were Mario Urquidi on courts three, four and five. The match came down to freshman Noaki Takeda who remained locked in a back and forth battle with Nicholas Kamisar on court six. Takeda dropped the first set, 6-4, but came back to win the second, 7-5. The match entered a third set where the two fought another close battle but Takeda was topped, 6-4, and the Huskies clinched the match, 4-3.

Scouting the Huskies: Washington wrapped the 2013 Pac-12 season with a 3-4 conference record, the Huskies earned those three victories in narrow defeats over Arizona, Utah and Oregon, each match was decided, 4-3. Washington’s four losses came to Stanford, a 4-3 decision, California, a 5-2 decision, UCLA, a 7-0 decision, and USC, a 6-1 decision.

Pac-12 Standings:
UCLA (22-1, 7-0 Pac-12)
USC (22-3, 5-1 Pac-12)
California (13-8, 5-1 Pac-12)
Washington (16-10, 3-4 Pac-12)
Stanford (11-10, 3-4 Pac-12)
Oregon (16-7, 2-5 Pac-12)
Utah (12-11, 2-5 Pac-12)
Arizona (10-13, 0-7 Pac-12)

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