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Release: 02/21/2008
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Match 9 No. 52 Arizona (5-3, 0-0) vs. No. 12 USC (6-2, 0-0)

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Date: ?Friday, February 22, 2008

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Time: ?1:30 p.m. MST

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Location: ?LaNelle ? Robson Tennis Center, Tucson, Ariz.

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Match Data: ?Arizona begins conference play as they host the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins

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In The Rankings: ? The Cats fell 13 spots in the ITA collegiate rankings to No. 52. Individually, Danielle Steinberg is currently rated as No. 60 in the country. The next rankings are due out Feb. 26.

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Head Coach Vicky Maes: ?Vicky Maes enters her seventh year as the head womenˇ?s tennis coach. One of the greatest players in Arizona women's tennis history, Maes has been at the University of Arizona since 1994. She got her start as a student-athlete, then continued on as a coordinator for the model Life Skills Program and has served as the head coach of the womenˇ?s tennis team since October 2001.? As a student-athlete, Maes was the squad's No. 1 singles and doubles player throughout her entire career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1996, as well as being tabbed a four-time first team All-Pac-10 selection.?? A native of Belgium, Maes has brought great success in her first six seasons at the helm of the program. The Wildcats have recorded a solid record against teams that are continuously ranked among the top in the nation. In addition, Maes led the Wildcats to team and/or individual postseason competition each year, won the 2003 Pac-10 Championships for the first time since 1994, and produced several first team All-Americans and All-Pac-10 players.

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Returnees: ?The Cats will be led in 2008 by their three returning players, Danielle Steinberg, Katie Orletsky and Natalia Toporowska. Their play will be paramount to the success of the team.? Also the new players on the team will look to them for support during competitive matches.

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Welcoming newcomers: ?The Cats will also depend on a lot of new faces as they will have five newcomers joining the team.? One newbie, freshman Jane Huh, will look to the experience she gained during a busy fall schedule as she battles conference foes.


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Recapping last year: ?Last year Arizona finished with an overall record of 13-9 and finished ranked No. 42 in the ITA Rankings. In Pac-10 play, the Cats had a 3-10 record.? Individually they were led by sophomore Danielle Steinberg. Steinberg who was ranked as high as No. 34.

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Tough schedule: ?In addition to the rigorous Pac-10 schedule, Arizona will face several strong NCAA opponents in Long Beach State, San Diego State, and Sacramento State.

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Led by Stanford, seven (including the Wildcats) Pac-10 teams qualified for post-season play last season. ˇ?We are still improving, and this is certainly a tough schedule, but our players are competitive and ready to put themselves on the line. As long as we continue to grow and develop, we will be a tough challenger every time we step on the court,ˇ± head coach

Vicky Maes said.

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Pac-10 Player of the Week: ?Danielle Steinberg was named as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4 -10. She went undefeated over the weekend to garner this award, not losing a singles or doubles match!

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Last Time Out: ?Arizona lost both of its matches over the past weekend. After getting rained out on Friday, Arizona faced Sacramento State on Saturday and were downed 5-1. They then continued their match against Long Beach State from Friday on Sunday morning and lost 6-0.

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Streaky Cats: ?After winning their first five matches, the Wildcats now find themselves in a three match losing streak. They will look to turn things around when the host the Trojans and Bruins this weekend.

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Scouting the Women of Troy: ?USC is currently 6-2 on the season and ranked No. 12 in the ITA rankings. They are led by No. 17 Amanda Fink and No. 68 Lindsey Nelson. ?Their last time out, the Trojans defeated the San Diego State Aztecs, 7-0.

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Cardiac Cats: ?In the early season so far, Arizona has had a pension for playing close matches. Three out of their six matches (all wins) came by a score of 4-3.

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Early Home Schedule: ?The Cats begin their season with 13 home games at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. They will look to use this to get out to a fast start and offset the eight road games they have in March and April.?

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Fall Action: ?Arizona competed in six fall events and seemed to find a lot of success in doubles action.? Junior Danielle Steinberg had a record of 5-2 while playing in two events to lead the Cats. Sophomore Natalia Toporowska also had a strong fall showing, going 7-4 in singles and 2-2 in doubles play.

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Next Up:? ?Arizona will host the No. 7 UCLA Bruins on Saturday, Feb. 23 beginning at 11 a.m.

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