No. 30 Arizona Heads to Pac-10s
April 21, 2010
2010 Pac-10 Tournament
Date: Thursday, April 22-Sunday, April 25
Time: All Day
Location: Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif.
Radio: Ken Thomas (radiotennis.com)
TV: Barry Thompson and Murphey Jensen (FSN tape delayed)
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's tennis team heads to Ojai, Calif. for the 2010 Pacific-10 Championships April 22-April 25.
'Although this is an individual tournament we look to have good success and pick up a bunch of wins for the team,' said head coach Tad Berkowitz.
This Weekends Match Data: The Wildcats (13-10, 2-4 Pac-10) are set to compete in the Pac-10 tournament starting tomorrow in singles competition. Four athletes from each school and four wild cards are selected to compete in the 32-player singles draw. Two doubles team from each school and two wild card teams are selected to compete in the 16-team doubles draw. Two rounds of singles will be played on Thursday, followed by one round of singles and two rounds of doubles on Friday. Semifinals will be on Saturday followed by the final match on Sunday.
Thursday's Singles Matches:
First round of the singles championship bracket:
Pat Metham vs. No. 1 Robert Farah (USC) at 11 a.m.
Ravid Hazi vs. Richard Wire (STAN) at 8:00 a.m.
Geoff Embry vs. Kyle McMorrow (WASH) at 9:30 p.m.
Borja Malo vs. No. 4 Alexander F. Clayton (STAN) at 9:30 a.m.
Jay Goldman vs. Max TA Ba Truong (UCLA) at 12:30 p.m.
Frank Chen vs. Duncan MacDonald-Korth (ORE) at 9:30 a.m.
Friday's Doubles Matches:
Geoff Embry/Pat Metham vs. Alex Cornelissen/Marco Verdasco (ORE) at 10 a.m.
Ravid Hazi/Borja Malo vs. Daniel Nyuyen/JT Sundling (USC) at 9 a.m.
Looking Back: At the 2009 Pac-10 tournament, Andres Carrasco advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Stanford's Alex Clayton 6-1, 6-1. Carrasco topped Geoffrey Chizever of Cal 6-4, 6-4 in the first round and downed UCLA's Holden Seguso 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. Pat Metham fell to Robert Farah in the second round 6-2, 6-3 and Jay Goldman also advanced to the second round but fell to UCLA's Matt Brooklyn 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In the first round, Metham topped Oregon's Marcos Verdasco 6-1, 6-4 and Goldman downed Washington's David Chu 6-1, 6-3.
In the first round of double's action Carrasco and Ravid Hazi fell to Stanford's Muller and Wire 8-3 and Goldman and Metham fell to Washington's Drabble and Kildahl 8-4.
Cats in the Rankings: In the latest ITA collegiate rankings, Arizona dropped two spots to No. 30 after falling to Boise State on Sunday in their final regular season match.
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. 28 hosted their final regular season match on Sunday against then No. 48 Boise State. Arizona's three seniors, Andres Arango, Ravid Hazi and Pat Metham competed in their last match at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The Wildcats fell behind early, dropping the doubles points. The Wildcats sealed three wins in singles competition but its wasn't enough to top the Broncos who clinched three singles wins en route to a 4-3 Boise State win. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 13-10, 2-4 Pac-10 to end the regular season.
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.
Home Sweet Home: The Wildcats only lost one match at home last season, improving their home record to 14-1. This season the Wildcats 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.