Arizona Closes Out Regular Season at Utah on Saturday - Tucson News Now

Arizona Closes Out Regular Season at Utah on Saturday

 TUCSON, Ariz.--- The Wildcats will hit the road again this weekend for their final regular season match, as they get ready to face Utah, Saturday at 10:00 am PT up in Salt Lake City before heading to Ojai, Calif. for Pac-12 Championship play.

Coming into the weekend, both Arizona and Utah are looking to earn their first Pac-12 wins and gain some positive momentum before entering Pac-12 Tournament play next Wednesday. This match will be a chance for both teams to get back on track after strong starts to the season.

“I'm really proud of the way the team has competed this year,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “The guys have battled through adversity all year long and have stuck together.”

“This team has done everything we have asked them to do and this weekend will be a good test for us before heading into conference tournament play.”

Junior standout No. 63 Naoki Takeda looks to improve his individual standing, as he continues to lead the team with an impressive 22-5 overall record while posting a strong 12-2 mark form the No. 1 spot and a perfect 2-0 record from the No. 2 spot this spring. Takeda has gone 7-2 in his last nine matches overall.

The Cats' doubles play has also been strong this season. Naoki Takeda and Sumeet Shinde have posted a 4-5 record from the No. 1 spot, while Jason Jaruvang and David Mushayev have also played well, recording a 4-3 overall record to go along with a 3-2 mark from the No. 2 position.

The Wildcats are looking for their second straight regular season win against Utah, as they defeated the Utes last year in Tucson by a final score of 4-1. However, Arizona fell to Utah in the opening round of last year's Pac-12 tournament.
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