Jan. 22, 2013
Date: Saturday January 26, 2013
Location: LaNelle Robson Tennis Center
Match Data: The Wildcats (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) are set to host the New Mexico State Aggies (1-0, 0-0 WAC) at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
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 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. 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.
Super Seven: Arizona returns seven players from the 2011-2012 season. Juniors Giacomo Miccini, Kieren Thompson, 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.
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 Fred Ask.
Last Time Out: The Cats marked two in the win column last weekend as they hosted NAU and Nevada at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. On Friday, Arizona blanked the Lumberjacks to open the spring season. The Cats claimed the doubles point with wins on courts two and three and then went on to win all six singles matches. On Sunday, the Cats dropped the doubles point against the Nevada Wolf Pack, losing on courts one and three. Arizona bounced back in singles action to win on courts one, two, three, four and six.
The Series vs. New Mexico State: This will be the 20th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding the 18-1 all-time advantage over the Aggies. The Last Meeting: On March 12, 2012 the Cats snapped an eight match losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Aggies. Arizona claimed all three doubles matches and four singles matches at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Mario Urquidi, Sumeet Shinde, Carlos Bermudez and Kieren Thomson earned victories on courts two, three, four and five.
Scouting the Aggies: Last weekend, New Mexico State opened the spring season against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi in New Mexico. The Aggies claimed the doubles point with two wins and went on to win four singles matches in a 5-2 win.