Cats Host Broncos in Regular Season Finale

April 15, 2010

No. 28 Arizona vs. No. 48 Boise State

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: Tucson, Ariz.


TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's tennis team will host their final regular season match on Sunday against the Boise State Broncos.


“It’s our last regular season match so we look to finish strong,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “Plus it is our last home match for our seniors so we will be playing for them on Sunday.”


This Weekends Match Data:  The Wildcats (13-9, 2-4 Pac-10) finished up Pac-10 action last weekend and are set to host a nonconference match against No. 48 Boise State (16-9, 5-1 WAC) on Sunday, April 18 at 12:00 p.m.


Trio of Seniors: Arizona’s three seniors Andres Arango, Ravid Hazi and Pat Metham will compete in their final home match at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.


Cats in the Rankings: In the latest ITA collegiate rankings, Arizona moved up seven spots to No. 28 after falling to USC on Friday and upsetting UCLA on Sunday for their first time in school history.


The Lefty: Arizona senior Andres Arango dropped to No. 119 in the singles rankings after being ranked at No. 90 the last two weeks.


Beastly Duo:  The Wildcats doubles duo of Pat Metham and Borja Malo return to the doubles rankings at No. 90.  The last time the duo was ranked was when the Cats faced California and Stanford.  The duo was ranked No. 55.


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 hosted their final Pac-10 matches last weekend against No. 3 USC and No. 10 UCLA.  The team was swept 7-0 on Friday against USC but bounced back on Sunday to upset UCLA 4-3 to make history.  The team was successful in doubles competition, picking up the doubles point with wins on courts two and three.  In singles action, the Wildcats were victorious in three out of the six matches.  Junior Jay Goldman upset No. 52-ranked Matt Brooklyn 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 2 slot.  Junior Borja Malo downed Alex Brigham 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 6 position and senior Ravid Hazi clinched the match and his set in the No. 5 spot against freshman Maxime Tabatruong 6-7 (10-8), 6-1, 6-4.  The Wildcats notched their first win against UCLA in school history.


Scouting the No. 48 Broncos: The team holds a 16-9 overall record and are 5-1 in the WAC.  Last weekend the Broncos were victorious in both of their matches at home.  The team topped New Mexico State 6-1 and followed up in the same fashion against Nevada, topping them 6-1 as well.  The Broncos are on the road today against New Mexico and then will face Hawaii in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Saturday before meeting up with the Wildcats on Sunday.  Boise State has one player ranked in the ITA single’s rankings.  Sophomore James Meredith is ranked No. 42.


The Series vs. UCLA: This will be the third meeting between the two schools, with the Broncos holding a 2-0 advantage over the Wildcats.


The Last Meeting: Arizona 2, Boise State, 5, March 3, 2006:  Then No.46-ranked Arizona dropped their third straight match of the season against No. 32 Boise State in Boise, Idaho.  The Wildcats fell in doubles action and could only notch two singles matches.  None of the current Arizona Wildcats were on the roster.


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 six of the seven teams ranked in the top 75.


4) USC

7) Stanford

12) UCLA

13) Cal

24) Washington

28) Arizona



Home Sweet Home: The Wildcats only lost one match at home last season, improving their home record to 14-1.  This season they are 8-3 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 Sunday’s match the Wildcats will head to Ojai, Calif to compete in the Pac-10 Championships on April 22

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