This Week for the Wildcats: No. 45
Last Time Out: Last weekend, the No. 45 Arizona women’s tennis team won both its away matches to improve to 9-0 on the season. On Friday,
Scouting the Bruins: The No. 11 Bruins are 5-2 on the season, with both losses coming at the hands of ranked teams (No. 1 Stanford and No. 23 Pepperdine). The Bruins have five individually ranked players, including No. 33 Laura Gordon who play’s their No. 2 spot, and No. 76 freshman Riza Zalameda who plays in the No. 1 slot. Zalameda is 4-3 in singles and has only fallen to top ranked players.
Against Southern California:
Scouting the Trojans: No. 4
The last time the Wildcats beat the Trojans was in 1998, when they won 7-2, at home. Head coach Richard Gallien returns for his 11th season, leading the Trojans to a 19-4 record last season. In addition, Gallien has strung together 10-straight NCAA appearances, nine top-20 team rankings and five trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Under Gallien's watch, USC has finished no lower than 11th for the past seven years.
The Doubles Point: In seven of its eight matches this year,
Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats moved up one spot this week in the rankings to No. 45. Senior Stephanie Balzert (8-1) is ranked at No. 92 in singles this week.
Wildcats in the Spotlight: In dual meet competition, freshman Danielle Steinberg remains undefeated in both singles and doubles matches.
Fall Action: After finishing the 2005 season with three ranked players,