Wildcats Host Huskies & Ducks

March 31, 2010

No. 34 Arizona vs. No. 21 Washington

Date: Friday, April 2, 2010

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Tucson, Ariz.

 

No. 34 Arizona vs. No. 70 Oregon

Date: Sunday, April 4, 2010

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Tucson, Ariz.

 

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's tennis team returns home to host their remaining five regular season matches.  The Wildcats continue Pac-10 play this weekend as they take on Washington and Oregon at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

 

'We've played the last three weeks on the road, so we are glad to be back on our home courts this weekend,' said head coach Tad Berkowitz. 'We look to take advantage of that.'

 

This Weekends Match Data:  The Wildcats (11-7, 0-2) will try and pick up their first Pac-10 wins this weekend.  The team faces No. 21 Washington (15-3, 0-2) on Friday, April 2 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a Sunday match against No. 70 Oregon (11-6, 0-2) on April 4 at 10:30 a.m. 

 

Cats in the Rankings: In the latest ITA collegiate rankings, Arizona dropped two spots to No. 34 after falling to California and Stanford last weekend.

 

Dos Andres: Arizona senior Andres Arango enters the singles rankings for the first time this season at No. 90, while junior Andres Carrasco also enters for his first time at No. 115.     

 

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. 32 opened Pac-10 play in the Bay Area last weekend.  The team dropped their opener against No. 16 California, 6-1 on Friday.  Junior Andres Carrasco was the lone Wildcat to earn a victory in singles competition. The Barcelona, Spain native upset No. 120-ranked Jonathan Dahan 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (10) in the No. 3 spot.  On Saturday, the team dropped another 6-1 set to No. 15-ranked Stanford.  Senior Andres Arango gave the Wildcats their only point of the day after he upset No. 35-ranked Alex Clayton 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 2 slot.

 

Scouting the No. 21 Huskies: Washington holds a 15-3 overall record and are 0-2 in the Pac-10.  Last weekend the Huskies dropped both of their Pac-10 openers at home against UCLA and USC.  The team was swept by the Bruins and then fell to the Trojans 6-1.  Junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan is ranked No. 65 in the ITA singles rankings. The Huskies also have a doubles pair ranked in the ITA doubles rankings.  Junior Alex Rosinki and junior Tobi Obenaus are ranked No. 65.

 

The Series vs. Washington: This will be the 24th meeting between the two schools, with Washington holding a 13-10 advantage over the Wildcats.

 

The Last Meeting: Arizona 1, Washington 6, March 29, 2009. Then No. 26-ranked Washington upset No. 20-ranked Arizona 6-1 in Seattle, snapping their 14-match winning streak.  Jason Zafiros, a freshman at the time was the lone Wildcat to win his singles match. He battled Ryo Sekiguchi, falling in the first set 1-6, rebounding in the second 7-6, and outlasting him in an 11-9 super tiebreaker.  With the win, Zafiros extended his singles record to 17-1.  The loss was the Wildcats second of the season.

 

Scouting the No. 70 Ducks: The team holds an 11-6 overall record and are 0-2 in the Pac-10. During their last match the Ducks, along with the Wildcats and Huskies dropped their Pac-10 openers. Oregon, like Washington, fell to both UCLA and USC at home.  The Ducks were swept 7-0 in both matches.  Oregon has one player ranked in the ITA singles rankings.  Senior Alexander Cornelissen is ranked No. 103.

 

The Series vs. Oregon: This will be the 16th meeting between the two schools, with the Wildcats holding a 12-3 advantage over the Ducks.

 

The Last Meeting: Arizona 7, Oregon, 0, March 27, 2009: Then No. 20 Wildcats extended their winning streak to 14 wins by sweeping the Ducks in Eugene 7-0 to open Pac-10 play.  With the win, the Wildcats improved to 16-1.  The Wildcats singles line-up of Jay Goldman, Andres Arango, Andres Carrasco, Ravid Hazi, Pat Metham, and Jason Zafiros all left victorious. 

 

Stacked Non-Conference Schedule: As always, the Wildcats face a competitive non-conference schedule, 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 ranked in the top 75.  

4) USC

9) UCLA

7) Stanford

17) Cal

21) Washington

34) Arizona

70) Oregon

 

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.

 

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, Arizona will remain at home to host USC and UCLA.  The Wildcats will host USC on Friday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. before taking on UCLA Sunday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m.

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