Cats Face Gophers in First Round

May 12, 2010

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Date: Friday, May 14, 2010

 

Time: 10 a.m. CT (8 a.m. Tucson Time)

 

Location: Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas

 

Follow the Matches Live: At http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/2010/ncaa_bracket_DI_tennis_men.html

 

Match Data: The Wildcats (13-10, 2-4 Pac-10) are set to compete in their eighth NCAA tournament. The No. 30-ranked University of Arizona men's tennis team is headed to Austin, Texas for the first two rounds of the tournament.  The Wildcats will face the No. 35-ranked University of Minnesota Gophers (13-10, 6-4 Big Ten) in the opening round on Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. CT (8 a.m. Tucson Time)  The winner will advance to play either the No. 3 overall seeded Texas Longhorns or the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners.

 

The Rankings:  In the latest ITA collegiate rankings, Arizona remained ranked at No. 30 for the third week in a row.

 

Beastly Duo:  The Wildcat’s doubles duo of Pat Metham and Borja Malo improved one spot to No. 80 in the doubles rankings after being No. 81 in the previous rankings. 

 

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. 30 competed in the Pacific-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. on April 22-23.  Pat Metham, Ravid Hazi, Geoff Embry, Borja Malo and Jay Goldman all competed in the Championship Singles Flight, while freshman Frank Chen made his 2010 debut in the Singles Invitational Flight.  All six Wildcats came up short.  On April 23, Geoff Embry and Pat Metham teamed up to face Oregon’s Alex Cornelissen and Marco Verdasco in the Championship Doubles Flight.  The Wildcat duo topped the Oregon pair 8-4 to advance to the quarterfinal round.  Embry and Metham came up short to the No. 1 USC doubles pair of Robert Farah and Steve Johnson, 8-4.  The USC duo went on to win the doubles championship. Arizona’s other doubles pair, Ravid Hazi and Borja Malo was downed by USC duo of Daniel Nyuyen and JT Sundling 8-0. 

 

Scouting the No. 35 Gophers: The team holds a 13-10 overall record and are 6-4 in the Big Ten.  The Gophers reached the tournament for the 15th time in 17 years.  This season the Gophers finished fifth in the Big Ten and fell to Wisconsin in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Championships.  Minnesota has two players ranked in the ITA single’s rankings.   Junior Sabastian Gallego is ranked No. 68 and junior Tobias Wernet is ranked No. 114.  The Gophers also have a doubles pair ranked in the ITA double’s rankings.  Gallego along with sophomore Phillip Arndt are ranked at No. 56.

 

The Series vs. Minnesota: This will be the fifth meeting between the two schools, with the Wildcats holding a 3-1 advantage over the Gophers.

 

The Last Meeting: Arizona 6, Minnesota 1, Feb. 17, 2008:  Arizona topped then-No. 57 ranked Minnesota in Tucson.  The Wildcats clinched the doubles point by sweeping all three matches.  Current players, Ravid Hazi, Andres Carrasco, Jay Goldman and Pat Metham won their singles matches.  The Wildcats improved their record to 7-1.  The Wildcats and Gophers met in the fall on Sept. 25 at the Pepperdine Fall Classic in Malibu, Calif.  The Wildcats dropped six of their seven single matches against the Gophers; with senior Ravid Hazi picking up the Wildcats only win.   

 

Stacked Non-Conference Schedule: As always, the Wildcats faced 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 six of the seven teams ranked in the top 75.  Six of the seven teams made it into the tournament for the second consecutive year.  

 

5) USC

7) Stanford

9) UCLA

17) Cal

25) Washington

30) Arizona

 

Tournament Bound: Arizona will head to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in school history and the second time since 2006… The Wildcats have made the postseason in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010.  This is only the second time in school history where the Wildcats have earned back-to-back bids in the NCAA tournament.  The last time the team clinched a bid consecutive years was in 2003 and 2004.

 

2009 NCAA Run: The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA tournament for only the second time in school history.  Last season then-No. 24 Arizona topped then-No. 56 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, 4-0 in the opening round to advance to the second round.  Arizona’s postseason run ended though in the second round against then-No. 15 ranked Texas A&M, 4-0.  The Wildcats finished with an impressive 18-6 overall record and finished the season ranked No. 24 in the ITA rankings.

 

2010 NCCA Tournament Field: 13 of the 23 opponents Arizona faced this season made the tournament.  Along with the six teams in the Pac-10 conference, Nebraska, Denver, BYU, Auburn, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Alabama made the 64-team NCAA tournament field.

 

 

NCAA Year By Year Tournament 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

 

2009-: (1-1): W, 4-0 over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, L, 4-0 to Texas A&M

 

Pack Your Bags: The Wildcats will have to travel for their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, and the road hasn’t been an easy path for the Wildcats this season. The Wildcats are 2-3 on the road, losing two straight during Pac-10 play to California and Stanford. The Wildcats are 3-3 at neutral sites and 8-4 at home.

 

Bring it On: The Wildcats will be prepared for any team they may face during the postseason. Of the 23 opponents the Wildcats have faced this season, 17 have been ranked when they have played Arizona. Five of the 17 teams have been ranked in the top 20.

 

Pac-10 Honors: Senior Andres Arango and junior Andres Carrasco were named to the 2010 Pacific-10 Men's Tennis All-Conference Honorable Mention list.  It was the first honor for the two.

 

Trio of Seniors: The Cats will be led by their three senior leaders, Andres Arango, Ravid Hazi and Pat Metham.

 

Home Sweet Home: The Wildcats only lost one match at home last season, improving their home record to 14-1.  This season they finished 8-4 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: Should the Wildcats advance, they would face the winner of the Texas (25-2) and University of Texas at San Antonio (13-9) match. The second round match will be played on Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. CT. (11 a.m. Tucson Time) in Austin, Texas.

 

 

 

 Player Profiles

 

Andres Arango

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Senior

 

2010: Senior Andres Arango has established himself as one of Arizona’s dominant players. The Guayaquil, Ecuador native holds a 10-8 overall singles record and is 6-2 in the No. 2 position.  Arango has played at positions No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3.  In the No. 1 slot, Arango has compiled a 3-5 record and a 6-2 record in the No. 2 position.   The native of Ecuador competed twice in the No. 3 position where he split 1-1.  In doubles, Arango has been paired primarily with Andres Carrasco during the season.  The duo holds an 8-7 record in the No. 3 slot and a 1-0 record in the No. 2 position with an overall 9-7 record.  The pair’s biggest upset came against then No. 65-ranked Washington duo Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski on April 2, 8-3.  Along with pairing with Carrasco in doubles, Arango also teamed with sophomore Jason Zafiros (0-2) and junior Jay Goldman (2-0) twice this season, both in the No. 3 position.  The senior entered the ITA singles rankings during the week of April 2nd at No. 90 and remained ranked through April 11, after that he fell to No. 119. The senior had a three-single's match winning streak that started against New Mexico State and ended against Texas Tech. The left-hander’s biggest upset of the season was at Stanford against the Cardinal's No. 35-ranked Alex Clayton on March 27 in the No. 2 position.  Arango upset Clayton in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. In the fall the senior competed in one event—the 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships.  He compiled a 2-1 record at the event.  

 

Andres Carrasco

Cabrils, Barcelona Spain

Junior

 

2010: Junior Andres Carrasco has been one of the Wildcats most consistent players this season.  The Cabrils, Barcelona, Spain native enters the postseason with a 12-7 overall singles record and leads the Wildcats for most wins on the season with 12. In doubles, Carrasco has been paired primarily with Andres Arango during the season and together they compiled a 9-7 record.  The junior also paired with Jay Goldman in the No. 3 position where they split 1-1. Carrasco made his way into the ITA singles rankings during the week of April 2nd at No. 115 and remained ranked through April 11. In the Blue/Gray Tennis Classic quarterfinals Carrasco clinched the match for the Wildcats against then No.39-Tulsa, 4-2 to move on to the semifinals.  He topped No.45-ranked Ashley Watling, 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 3 position. Carrasco had a four-single's match winning streak that started against New Mexico State and ended with Texas Tech.  After he dropped the fifth match, Carrasco won his next two matches against Denver and Santa Clara to win six of seven of his matches.  In the fall the junior competed in three events and compiled a 4-5 record.  He advanced to the semifinals of the Rebel Classic. 

 

Frank Chen

Houli, Taiwan

Freshman

 

2010: Freshman Frank Chen competed in one fall event-the Pepperdine Fall Classic in Malibu, Calif. where we went 0-3. He made his 2010 debut in the Singles Invitational Flight at the Pacific-10 championships in Ojai, Calif., but fell to Oregon’s Duncan MacDonald-Korth 5-7, 6-0, 6-1. In the fall, Chen competed with Jason Zafiros and Andres Carrasco in doubles competition at the Pepperdine Fall Classic.

 

Geoff Embry

Phoenix, Ariz.

Junior

 

2010: Geoff Embry has competed primarily in the No. 5 position in single’s competition where he holds a 4-10 record and is 3-2 when playing in position No. 4.  Embry competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to Washington’s Kyle McMorrow 6-1, 6-3.  Embry currently holds a 7-13 overall single’s record heading into the NCAA tournament.  In doubles Embry has been paired primarily with Ravid Hazi and together they compile a 6-9 record in the No. 2 position.  The junior competed in the Championship Doubles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships with Pat Metham.  The duo defeated Oregon’s Alex Cornelissen and Marco Versadco 8-4 in the first round, but fell to USC’s Robert Farah and Steve Johnson; the tournament’s overall No. 1 doubles seed, 8-4 in the second round. In the fall, Embry held a 5-3 record while competing in three events, and won the second flight of the Singles Championships at the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

 

Jay Goldman

Worcester, Mass.

Junior

 

2010: Jay Goldman began the preseason ranked in the top 100 of the ITA Preseason Rankings at No. 36.  After bouncing back with a wrist injury, Goldman has primarily competed in the No. 1 position where he holds a 2-8 record and is 1-3 when playing in position No. 2 with two of those wins coming against ranked players.  Goldman competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to UCLA’s Max Tabatruong 6-3, 6-1.  The Worcester, Mass. native currently holds a 3-12 singles record. In doubles, was teamed with Andres Arango (2-0)0 and Andres Carrasco (1-1) both in the No. 3 position, currently holds a 3-1 overall doubles record. In the fall, Goldman competed in two events where he compiled a 2-1 singles record.

 

 

Ravid Hazi

Rishon LeZion, Israel

Senior

 

2010: Ravid Hazi has competed primarily in the No. 6 position in single’s action where he holds a 7-5 record and is 3-0 when playing in position No. 5.  Hazi had a six-single’s match winning streak, the longest this season thus far that started against Santa Clara and ended against then-No.16 California.  Hazi defeated UCLA’s Maxime Tabatruong 6-7 (10-8), 6-1, 6-4 to clinch the Wildcat’s first win against UCLA in school history.  The senior holds an overall single’s record of 10-6.  He competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to Stanford’s Richard Wire 6-4, 6-4.  In doubles, has competed primarily in the No. 2 position with Geoff Embry (6-9) but also has teamed with three other Wildcats: Borja Malo (1-3), Pat Metham (0-1), and Jason Zafiros (0-1).  Hazi paired with Malo in the Championship Doubles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to USC’s duo of Daniel Nyuyen and JT Sundling 8-0.  He competed in two fall events—the Pepperdine Fall Classic and the 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships and the Rebel Classic, where he compiled a 3-3 fall singles record and he advanced to the quarterfinals at the Rebel Classic.

 

 

David Humphreys

Reno, Nev.

Redshirt Junior

 

2010: David Humphreys is redshirting his junior season.

 

Alex Johnson

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Freshman

 

2010: Competed in two fall events—NMSU Fall Invitational and the Pepperdine Fall Classic.  Johnson finished the fall season with a 4-4 singles record.  The freshman paired with Jay Goldman, Ravid Hazi and Andres Carrasco in doubles competition in the fall. Johnson made his 2010 debut in singles action for the Wildcats against Oregon.  He faced Aaron Clissold in the No. 6 position, but fell 6-2, 6-1.

 

Borja Malo

Santiago, Chile

Junior

 

2010: Junior Borja Malo joined the Wildcats in January before the 2010 season after transferring from the University of Georgia.  Malo has competed in 11 single’s matches for the Wildcats this season where he holds a 5-5 overall record. He competed in the Championship Singles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to Stanford’s Alex Clayton 6-4, 6-3.  In doubles, Malo has primarily competed with Pat Metham in the No. 1 position where together they compile an 8-9 doubles record.  He also has teamed with Ravid Hazi in the No. 1 position where they are 1-2.  Malo teamed with Hazi at the Championship Doubles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships, but fell to USC’s duo of Daniel Nyuyen and JT Sundling 8-0.  Together Malo and Metham entered the doubles rankings at No. 55 during the week of March 18 and held that spot through March 27.  The duo entered the rankings again at No. 90 during the week of April 18, then moved up to No. 86 during the week of April 22, and the duo is currently ranked at No. 81.

 

 

Pat Metham

Wellington, New Zealand

Senior

 

2010: Pat Metham has competed in nine dual single’s matches for the Wildcats this season where he holds a 4-5 overall record.  He has competed in the No. 5 position (0-1) and the No. 6 position (4-3).  He competed in 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, 6-1. In doubles has competed primarily with Borja Malo in the No. 1 position where together they compile an 8-9 doubles record.  He has also paired with Geoff Embry (1-1) and Ravid Hazi (0-1).  Metham teamed with Geoff Embry at the Championship Doubles Flight at the Pac-10 Championships where they defeated Oregon’s Alex Cornelissen and Marco Verdasco 8-4 in the first round, but fell to USC’s Robert Farah and Steve Johnson; the tournament’s overall No. 1 doubles seed, 8-4.  Together Malo and Metham entered the doubles rankings at No. 55 during the week of March 18 and held that spot through March 27.  The duo entered the rankings again at No. 90 during the week of April 18, then moved up to No. 86 during the week of April 22, and the duo is currently ranked at No. 81. In the fall, Metham competed in three events—the Pepperdine Fall Classic, 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships and the Rebel Classic, where he compiled a 5-6 single’s record.  Metham advanced to the semifinals of the Rebel Classic.

 

 

Tom Wolff

Tucson, Ariz.

Redshirt Freshman

 

2010: Tom Wolff is redshirting his freshman season.

 

 

Jason Zafiros

Bradenton, Fla.

Sophomore

 

2010: Sophomore Jason Zafiros currently holds a 13-9 overall singles record after starting the 2010 season with five of six singles wins.  In single’s he has competed in position No. 1 (1-1), No. 2 (3-2), No. 3 (5-2) and No. 4 (4-4).  He had a five-single’s match winning streak that started against San Diego and ended against then-No. 16 ranked California.  Zafiros has competed in seven doubles matches this season and was paired with Andres Arango (0-2), Geoff Embry (2-2) and Ravid Hazi (0-1).  In the fall, Zafiros competed in four events—NMSU Fall Invitational, the Pepperdine Fall Classic, D’Novo/ITA All-American and the 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships where he compiled an overall 9-6 singles record.  His most notable fall match was at the 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I Southwest Regional Championships in Malibu, Calif. where the sophomore advanced to the semifinals of the single’s bracket, but fell to Pepperdine’s Alex Llompart.    

 

Singles and Doubles Results (Overall team record, 13-10, 2-4 Pac-10):

 

Singles 

 

Player                          #1         #2         #3         #4         #5         #6

 

Andres Arango               3-5        6-2        1-1        -           -           -

Andres Carrasco            -          3-1        6-5        3-1         -           -                                  

Frank Chen                   -          -           -           -              -           -

Geoff Embry                   -          -           -           3-2        4-10      -

Jay Goldman                 2-8        1-3        -           -           -           -

Ravid Hazi                     -           -           -           -           3-0        7-5

David Humphreys           -           -           -           -           -           -

Alex Johnson                 -           -           -           -           -           0-1

Borja Malo                     -           -           -           2-2        2-2        1-0

Pat Metham                  -           -           -           -           0-1        4-3

Tom Wolff                      -           -           -           -           -           -

Jason Zafiros                 1-1        3-2        5-2        4-4        -          -

 

Doubles

 

Player                          #1         #2         #3                    

 

Arango/Carrasco            -           1-0        8-7 

Arango/Goldman            -           -          2-0 

Arango/Zafiros               -           -           0-2 

Carrasco/Goldman         -           -           1-1 

Embry/Hazi                   -           6-9       

Embry/Zafiros                -           2-2        -

Hazi/Malo                      1-2        -          

Hazi/Metham                 0-1        -          -

Hazi/Zafiros                   -           -          0-1

Malo/Metham                8-9        -          -          

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