Cats Travel to San Diego

March 11, 2010

No. 34 Arizona vs. No. 45 San Diego

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010

Time: 2:00 p.m. (MST)

Location: San Diego, Calif.

 

No. 34 Arizona vs. San Diego State

Date: Monday, March 15, 2010

Time: 3:00 p.m. (MST)

Location: San Diego, Calif.

 

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona men's tennis team travels to San Diego to take on the No. 45 University of San Diego Toreros and the San Diego State University Aztecs in a Saturday, Monday matchup.  The Wildcats could play a total of six matches away from home in the next week.

 

“We begin our spring break with two very tough matches on the road,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz.  “We are looking forward to these matches as they will both be very competitive.”

 

This Weekends Match Data:  The Wildcats (7-4) face San Diego (7-2) on Saturday, March 13 at 2 p.m. and the Aztecs (1-7) on Monday, March 15 at 3 p.m.

 

Cats in the Rankings: In the latest ITA collegiate rankings, Arizona climbed one spot to No. 34 after splitting last weekend’s matches.

 

Electric Hot Sauce: The Wildcats doubles duo of Geoff Embry and Ravid Hazi remain ranked at No. 51 in the ITA collegiate doubles rankings. The pair split last weekend in doubles competition.  On Friday the duo fell to Borgan/Wong of Santa Clara 8-7 (6), but responded with an 8-6 victory on Sunday against Nebraska’s Stenger/Aumueller.

 

Arizona Head Coach Tad Berkowitz enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Wildcats. Berkowitz is the reigning 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 an 18-6 overall record last season and the program's seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament.

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.

 

Last Time Out: The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 35 at the time, topped Santa Clara 6-1 on Friday, but the team dropped their first home match of the season against Nebraska, falling 6-1 on Saturday.  Arizona won the doubles point against Santa Clara and won five of their six singles matches to earn the victory.  On Saturday, things fell the opposite way for the Wildcats.  The team lost the doubles point and only clinched one of their six singles matches.  Ravid Hazi was the lone Wildcat who won both of his singles matches over the weekend.

 

Scouting the No. 45 Toreros: The Toreros hold a 7-2 record, with two losses coming against USC and Pacific.  During their last match San Diego topped UC Irvine 4-3.  The Toreros will take on USC Upstate before facing the Wildcats on Saturday.  San Diego has one player, sophomore Nikola Bubnic ranked in the ITA single’s rankings.  Bubnic is ranked at No. 86.  

 

The Series vs. San Diego: This will be the 25th meeting between the two schools, with the Wildcats holding an 18-6 advantage over the Toreros.

 

The Last Meeting: Arizona 5, San Diego 2, Feb. 22, 2009.  The No. 40 Wildcats defeated No. 54 San Diego 5-2 to improve to 7-0 at home.  With the win Arizona improved their match win streak to six wins.  Freshman Jason Zafiros improved his win streak at home to nine and the Wildcats won five of their singles matches including the doubles point.

 

Scouting the Aztecs: The team holds a 1-7 record, with their lone win coming against UC Santa Barbara.  During their last match San Diego State fell to No. 28 Fresno State 4-3.  The Aztecs will take on Boise State before facing the Wildcats on Monday.    

 

The Series vs. San Diego State: This will be the 26th meeting between the two schools, with the Wildcats holding a 21-4 advantage over the Aztecs.

 

The Last Meeting: Arizona 2, San Diego State 5, March 13, 2007: The No. 75 Wildcats fell to San Diego State in San Diego.  The Aztecs snapped Arizona’s three match winning streak. 

 

Stacked Non-Conference Schedule: As always, the Wildcats face a competitive non-conference schedule.  The team will compete in the Blue and Gray Tennis Classic over Spring Break and 10 of the 15 non-conference teams started the spring season ranked in the ITA top 75.

 

18) Duke                                  44) San Diego State

21) Boise State                         62) BYU

22) Auburn                               63) Denver

25) Alabama                            65) Nebraska

40) Texas Tech                        68) New Mexico State

 

Tough Pac-10 Conference: The Pac-10 holds 49 NCAA Men's Team Titles.  A glance at the ITA rankings around the Pac-10 finds every team outside of Oregon ranked to begin the spring season.

 

1) USC

4) UCLA

9) Stanford

23) Arizona

26) Washington

33) California

 

Home Sweet Home: The Wildcats only lost one match at home last season, improving their home record to 14-1.  This season they are 6-1 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

 

Fun Day Monday: Arizona will play San Diego State on Monday.  This will be the first Monday match for the Wildcats this season. 

 

Some New Volunteer Coaching Help: This season, the Arizona men's tennis team is pleased to welcome Ryan Johnson to their team as a volunteer assistant coach.  Johnson joined the Wildcats in the fall and brings a lot of tennis experience with him from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he played for two seasons. At UNC Charlotte he played No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles and helped lead his team to the programs first ever Atlantic 10 Conference Title and NCAA bid in 2007.

 

Fall Season: The Wildcats participated in five tournaments in the fall.  The team competed in the NMSU Fall Invitational, the Pepperdine Fall Classic, the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships, the ITA West Regional Championships, and the UNLV Fall Classic. Ravid Hazi advanced to the quarterfinals in the Rebel Classic while Pat Metham advanced to the semifinals. Andres Carrasco advanced to the semifinals at the Rebel Classic while Geoff Embry won the tournament.  Jason Zafiros advanced to the semifinals in the 2009 Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships.

 

Up Next: Following this weekend’s matches, Arizona will travel to Montgomery, Ala. for the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic over Spring Break.  The Classic begins Thursday, March 18 and runs through Sunday, March 21 with 16 teams in the tournament.

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