No. 24 Arizona takes on Texas A & M CC in the first round of NCAA Tournament
May 6, 2009
Date: Friday, May 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. (Tucson time)
Location: College Station, Texas
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
Match Data: The Wildcats (17-5, 2-4 Pac-10) will make its seventh NCAA Tournament and first since 2006… Arizona will try to snap its three-match losing streak and advance to the second round for only the second time in program history (2004)… The Wildcats are led by sophomore Jay Goldman, the only Wildcat ranked, he is listed at No. 61…
The Rankings: In the latest ITA collegiate rankings, Arizona is listed at No. 24 overall. Individually sophomore Jay Goldman is ranked No. 61 in singles Texas A & M-Corpus Christi is listed at No. 56 overall. The doubles team of Mikhail Pavlov and Dmitry Novikov is listed at No. 67.
Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitz…will begin his fourth season at the helm for the Wildcats. He currently has a record of 45-41. 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 Islanders: Texas A & M-Corpus Christi (14-8) will be making their third straight and fourth overall NCAA Tournament appearance… The Islanders completed their second straight undefeated Southland Conference schedule going 6-0… They defeated five ranked opponents… Led by the doubles team of Mikhail Pavlov and Dmitry Novikov, ranked No. 67.
The Series vs. Texas A & M CC: This will be the second meeting between the two school with the Wildcats winning the only other meeting. Arizona won 6-1 last season.
Tournament Bound: Arizona will head to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in school history and the first since 2006… The Wildcats have made the postseason in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006… Arizona only win in the tournament came in 2004 when they defeated Florida State 4-3…. Then the Wildcats lost 4-0 against Florida in the second round… The Wildcats own a modest 1-6 record in tournament play.
Year By Year Results:
1996: (0-1): L, 4-2 to UC-Santa Barbara
1998: (0-1): L, 4-3 to Arizona State
2001: (0-1): L, 4-2 to Georgia Tech
2003: (0-1): L, 4-1 to Boise State
2004: (1-1): W, 4-3 over Florida State, L, 4-0 to Florida
2006: (01-): L, 4-1 to Colorado
Pack Your Bags: The Wildcats will have to travel for their seventh NCAA Tournament, and the road has been a difficult place for Arizona. The Wildcats are 2-4 on the road, losing three straight during Pac-10 play to Washington, USC and UCLA. Compare this to a 14-1 record at home.
Being Prepared: The Wildcats will be prepared for any team they encounter during the postseason. Of the 22 opponents the Wildcats have faced this season, 16 have been ranked when they have played Arizona… Four of the 16 teams have been ranked in the top 10… Arizona has an 11-5 record against ranked opponents this season. In addition, nine of the 22 opponents the Wildcats faced made the tournament… The Wildcats have a 4-5 record against teams in the tournament.
As Good as Gold: Sophomore Jay Goldman is ranked No. 62 in singles play and remains the only Wildcat to be ranked in singles or doubles… The Worcester, Mass., native owns a 12-7 record while playing only on position No. 1… Goldman has been paired with Pat Metham (1-1), Ravid Hazi (4-4), Jason Zafiros (0-1) and Ola Bakke (2-1) in doubles.
The Nacho Man: Sophomore Andres Carrasco is playing some of the best tennis down the stretch as it was evident as Carrasco made it to the Quarterfinals of the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championship last weekend… The Cabrils, Barcelona, is tied with freshman Jason Zafiros for most wins on the season with 18… Carrasco was paired with Andres Arango in doubles for the season and together they compiled a 9-3 record.
Fitting in Well: Junior Andres Arango has fitted in nicely with Arizona plans since transferring for Arizona State season. The Guayaquil, Ecuador native has 12-6 record when playing at position No. 2 and 3-0 record when playing at position No. 1… Arango was primarily paired with Andres Carrasco where they compiled a 9-3… Was also paired with Ravid Hazi (1-0) and Jason Zafiros (1-2) in doubles.
Freshmen Sensation: Freshman Jason Zafiros has had one of the best freshman seasons in program history… The Bradenton, Fla. native is tied with sophomore Andres Carrasco for most wins on the season with 18… He dominated non conference play winning 15 of 16 matches, including winning his first 15 matches… He is also a perfect 3-0 in Pac-10 play.
Up Next: Should the Wildcats advance, they would face the winner of the Binghamton (17-4) and Texas A & M (15-8) match. The second round match will be scheduled on Saturday May 9, at 4:00 p.m.
2009: In single’s competed primarily in position No. 2 with a 12-6, but also competed three times at position No. 1 where he went 3-0… In doubles, saw the most action with Andres Carrasco (9-4), but was also paired with Ravid Hazi (1-0) and Jason Zafiros (1-2)… Two notable streaks: first had an eight-single’s match winning streak that started against then-No. 41 Fresno State and ended against then-No. 27 Washington, then with Carrasco had a five-doubles match winning streak that started against New Mexico State University and ended against then-No. 42 Northwestern… Upset No. 107 Jorge Vazquez of Memphis 7-6, 7-6 (3/11)… Named Pac-10 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for Feb. 2-8.
2009: In single’s competed only at position No. 6 where he compiled a 4-2 record… Started freshman campaign winning his first four single’s matches and six straight sets … Won his first match of career by defeating Northern Arizona’s Jaco Visagie 6-2, 6-3 (1/23)… In doubles, he competed at position No. 3 with Jay Goldman (2-1) and Ravid Hazi (1-3).
2009: In single’s competed primarily in positions No. 3 (8-4) or No. 4 (6-1), but went 2-0 at position No. 2… Upset No. 127 Richard Wire of Stanford 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 (4/3) to clinch the upset victory over then-No. 8 Stanford… Had a seven-single’s match winning streak that started against New Mexico State University and ended against then-No. 27 Washington … Tied with teammate Jason Zafiros with the most single victories this season with 18… Upset No. 123 Holden Seguso of UCLA 6-4, 6-4 in the Pac-10 Championship Singles Flight… Only Wildcat to advance to the Quarterfinals in the Pac-10 Championship Singles Flight, but fell to No. 20 Alex Clayton of Stanford 6-1, 6-1… In doubles, competed only with Andres Arango during the season compiling a 9-4 record, including a five-doubles match winning streak that started against NMSU and ended against then-No. 42 Northwestern…. Teamed with Ravid Hazi in the Pac-10 Championship Doubles Flight and fell to Stanford’s No. 35 Blake Muller and Richard Wire 8-3… Named Pac-10 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for Feb. 16-22.
2009: In single’s competed only at position No. 1 where he compiled a 12-7 record… Led team with four victories over ranked opponents: a 6-2, 7-5 win over No. 123 Holden Seguso of UCLA (4/11), a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over No. 48 Bradley Klahn of Stanford (4-3), a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 61 Rudolf Siwy of Fresno State (2/28) and a 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 45 Raony Carvalho of Texas Tech (2/22)… Had a seven-single’s match winning streak that started against then-No. 34 Texas Tech and ended against then-No. 27 Washington… During that seven-match winning streak won 10 straight sets… On March 3, reached No. 51 in the ITA Singles Rankings, the highest ranking of the season and the only Wildcat to be ranked…Defeated Washington’s David Chu 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Pac-10 Championship Singles Flight, but fell to No. 73 Matt Brooklyn of UCLA 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round… In doubles, teamed with Ravid Hazi (4-4), Jason Zafiros (0-1), Ola Bakke (2-1) and Pat Metham (1-1)… Named Pac-10 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for March 9-15.
Rishon LeZion, Israel
2009: In single’s competed primarily in position No. 4 (6-4), but also some action at position No. 3 (4-4) and won his only match at position No. 6… Had a three-single’s match winning streak that started against Memphis and ended against then-No. 65 Iowa…Competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to UCLA’s Ahmed Ismail 7-5, 3-6, 6-3… Overall single’s record is 12-10… In doubles, was teamed with six teammates throughout the season: Jay Goldman (4-4), Andres Arango (1-0), Andres Carrasco (0-1), Francois VanderMerwe (0-2), Pat Metham (0-2) and Ola Bakke (1-3)… Paired with Carrasco in the Championship Doubles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but was defeated by Stanford’s No. 35 doubles team of Blake Muller and Richard Wire 8-3.
Wellington, New Zealand
2009: In single’s competed primarily in position No. 5 where he compiled an 11-7 record and was 3-0 when playing in position No. 4… Has a seven-single’s match winning streak that started against New Mexico State University and ended against then-No. 27 Washington… Defeated Oregon’s Marcos Verdasco 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to USC’s Robert Farah, the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, 6-2, 6-3… Overall singles record is 15-8… In doubles, competed primarily with Francois VanderMerwe at position No.1 where they were 7-7… Together, he and VanderMerwe won five straight matches starting against UC Irvine and ending against Oregon… Upset No. 44 Thomas Estrada and Lucas Jovita of South Florida 9-8 (7-3) (2/6)… Reached as high as No. 18 in the ITA Doubles Rankings… Also teamed with Jay Goldman (1-1) and Ravid Hazi (0-2).
Cape Town, South Africa
2009: Only competed in doubles action during his senior season… Teamed primarily with Pat Metham and played at position No.1 where together they were 7-7… Together, he and Metham won five straight matches starting with against UC Irvine and ending against Oregon… Upset No. 44 Thomas Estrada and Lucas Jovita of South Florida 9-8 (7-3) (2/6)… Reached as high as No. 18 in the ITA Doubles Rankings… Also teamed with Ravid Hazi where the two were 0-2 at position No.1.
2009: Started his freshman campaign winning his first 15 matches… During the streak, he won 12 straight matches to start the season… Won 15 of the 16 non conference matches he participated in… Owns a 3-0 record in Pac-10 play… Tied with teammate Andres Carrasco for most single’s wins this season with 18… In single’s competed primarily at position No. 6 where he is a dominate 14-1… Also is perfect 4-0 when playing at position No. 5… In doubles, teamed with Andres Arango (1-2) and Jay Goldman (0-1).
Singles and Doubles Results (Overall team record, 17-5, 2-4 Pac-10):
Player #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
Andres Arango 3-0 12-6 - - - -
Ola Bakke - - - - - 4-2
Andres Carrasco- 2-0 8-4 6-1 - -
Geoff Embry - - - - - -
Jay Goldman 11-6 - - - - -
Ravid Hazi - 1-0 4-4 6-6 - -
David Humphreys- - - - - -
Pat Metham - - - 3-0 11-7 -
Francois VanderMerwe- - - - - -
Jason Zafiros - - - - 4-0 14-1
VanderMerwe/ 7-7 - -
Goldman/Hazi - 2-2 2-2
Arango/Zafiros - - 1-2
Hazi/Arango - 1-0 -
Goldman/Zafiros - 0-1
VanderMerwe/ 0-2 - -
Arango/Carrasco- 8-4 1-0
Goldman/Bakke- - 2-1
Goldman/Metham- - 1-0
Metham/Hazi - 0-2 -
Hazi/Bakke - - 1-0