This Week for the Wildcats: No. 32 Arizona (10-8, 1-2) goes on the road this week to play Washington (2-13) and Washington State (11-9). The Wildcats will face the Huskies at noon on Friday, April 3, before taking on the Cougars at noon Saturday, April 1.
Last Time Out: Last weekend, Arizona fell to No. 3 USC, 6-1, and No. 16 UCLA, 5-2.
Against Washington: Arizona and will face Washington on Friday in Seattle for their annual Pac- 10 play. Last year, the Huskies pulled out a 4-3 win over the Wildcats, losing the doubles point but winning four singles matches for their fourth win ever against Arizona.
Scouting the Huskies: The Washington Huskies are 2-13 on the season and 0-4 in the Pac-10. The Huskies went 15-9 last season. Head Coach Jill Hultquist is in her first season at Washington. Hultquist, a former standout on the pro tour and in the collegiate ranks, returned to Washington after serving as an assistant coach with the Huskies from 1997-2002. This is the first collegiate head coaching position for Hultquist, who is the fourth head coach in program history.
Against Washington State: Arizona will meet on Saturday in Pullman for its annual Pac-10 match against the Cougars.
Scouting the Cougars: The Cougars are 11-9 on the season, and 0-4 in the Pac-10.
Arizona holds an 11-1 record over the cougars. Head coach Lisa Hart is in her third season, last year leading the cougars to a national ranking that included two major wins over San Diego and Santa Clara, both nationally-ranked. The team ended with a 9-14 record and had other notable wins against Cal State Northridge, Montana, and Idaho.
The Doubles Point: In nine of its 18 matches this year, Arizona has won the doubles point. The doubles point is won when a team wins two of the three doubles matches.
Wildcats in the Rankings: Arizona dropped two spots in the rankings this week to No. 32. In singles, both freshman Danielle Steinberg and sophomore Juliette Mavroleon moved up this week in the rankings. Steinberg is ranked No. 48 and Mavroleon is No. 61.
Wildcats in the Spotlight: Only a sophomore, No. 61 Juliette Mavroleon leads her team with the best singles record, 13-4. Last weekend, Mavroleon defeated UCLA’s No. 42 Tracy Lin. During the spring season, Mavroleon defeated No. 49 Luana Magnani of USC and will look to stay competitive and throughout the rest of the season.
“Juliette has been the most consistent player on our force,” said head coach Vicky Maes. “She worked incredibly hard in the fall and now it is truly paying off. She is really talented and we hope to see her continue like this throughout the next few years.”
No. 48 Freshman Danielle Steinberg is quickly earning her position on the team. Steinberg holds a singles record of 11-5, with all five losses coming at the hands of ranked players. Two of Steinberg’s big wins were against Fresno States No. 21 Melanie Gloria and USC’s No. 49 Luana Magnani.
Fall Action: After finishing the 2005 season with three ranked players, Arizona lost all three to graduation. Incoming freshman Tina Razloznik earned her place in the lineup when she took the singles title at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational after defeating San Diego State’s fourth-seeded Sisse Nielsen, 6-2, 6-4.
Next Week: Arizona will return home to continue Pac-10 play against No. 1 Stanford and No. 13 California next Friday and Saturday, March 14-15. The following week, the Wildcats will have their last home game and match of the season against in-state rival Arizona State.