No. 25 Arizona Travels to Texas

Feb. 24, 2010

No. 25 Arizona vs. No. 32 Texas Tech

Date: Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

Time: 12:00 p.m. (MST)

Location: Lubbock, Texas


No. 25 Arizona vs. Denver University

Date: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010

Time: 10:00 a.m. (MST)

Location: Lubbock, Texas


TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona men's tennis team travels to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Denver University Pioneers at the McLeod Tennis Center. The Wildcats face No. 32 Texas Tech on Friday, Feb. 26 before facing Denver on Sunday, Feb. 27.


“As the season progresses Texas Tech will be a top 25 team and Denver is very tough as well so we all excited for the challenge on the road this weekend,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz.


This Weekends Match Data:  The Wildcats (6-1) head on the road for two matches in Lubbock, Texas.  The Wildcats face the No. 32 Red Raiders (7-1) on Friday, Feb. 26 and the Pioneers (7-1) on Saturday, Feb. 27.  Both matches will be played at the McLeod Tennis Center.


Cats in the Rankings: In the latest ITA collegiate rankings, Arizona dropped to No. 25, one spot from Thursday’s previous No. 24 ranking.


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 swept both of their opponents last weekend for the second consecutive week at home with wins coming against No. 49 Brigham Young University and South Alabama.  Arizona handed the Cougars of BYU their first loss of the season on Friday, Feb. 19, 5-2, and clinched their fifth consecutive match of the season against the Jaguars of South Alabama, 4-2 on Sunday, Feb. 21. Junior Jay Goldman returned to action for the Wildcats for the first time this spring season after injuring his left wrist.  He competed in the No. 1 spot for both matches in his first return to the courts since Oct. 9 at the D’Novo ITA All-American Championship.   


Scouting the Red Raiders: The Red Raiders enter Friday's match with a 7-1 record with their most recent wins coming against No. 40 TCU and No. 26 Wisconsin.  Texas Tech upset Wisconsin 5-2.  The only lost this season for the Red Raiders came against California at the ITA National Indoors.  Texas Tech has two players ranked in the recent ITA single’s rankings, Gonzalo Escobar at No. 41 and Raony Carvalho at No. 63.  Escobar is also ranked with double’s pair Andre Stabile at No. 16.


The Series vs. Texas Tech: This will be the sixth meeting between the two schools, with the Wildcats holding a 5-0 advantage over the Red Raiders.


The Last Meeting: Arizona 4, Texas Tech 3, Feb. 20, 2009: The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 40 at the time upset then No. 26 Red Raiders at home.


Scouting the Pioneers:  After defeating Drake 6-1 on Feb. 14, the Pioneers improved to 7-1.  Denver’s only loss this season was to BYU 4-3.  The loss snapped a six-match winning streak.  The Pioneers will meet up with the Red Raiders on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the McLeod Tennis Center.


The Series vs. Denver: This will be the fourth meeting between the two schools, with the Wildcats holding a 3-0 advantage over the Pioneers.


The Last Meeting: Arizona 4, Denver 3, March 11, 2007: The Wildcats upset then No. 43 Denver to win their fourth consecutive home match.


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


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 5-0 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's matches, Arizona returns home to face Santa Clara on Friday, March 5 at 1 p.m. MT and No. 68 Nebraska on Sunday, March 7 at noon MT.

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