Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Tennis Heads to Los Angeles
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 29, 2006
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This Week for the Wildcats: No. 30 Arizona (10-6) goes on the road this week to play No. 16 UCLA (10-2) and No. 3 Southern California (11-2). The Wildcats will face the Trojans at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, before taking on the Bruins at noon on Saturday, April 1.


Last Time Out: Last weekend, Arizona fell to in-state rival Arizona State 5-2.


Against Southern California: Arizona and will face USC on Friday for their annual Pac- 10.  Arizona fell at home to USC, 6-1, on Feb. 24.


Scouting the Trojans: No. 3 USC is 11-2 on the season, having fallen to only No. 1 Stanford and No. 15 Baylor. The Trojans have four ranked players, including No. 7 Amanda Fink who plays in the No. 2 position, and No. 48 Lindsey Nelson, who plays in the No. 1 slot. 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 quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Under Gallien's watch, USC has finished no lower than 11th for the past seven years.


Against UCLA: Arizona will meet UCLA on Saturday in Los Angeles for its annual Pac-10 match against the Bruins. The first time they faced the Bruins this season, they fell 7-0.


Scouting the Bruins: The No. 16 Bruins are 10-2 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. 17 Laura Gordon, who plays their No. 2 spot, and No. 76 freshman Riza Zalameda, who plays in the No. 1 slot. Arizona has not won a match against UCLA since 2000, when it won 5-4. Head coach Stella Sampras Webster returns for her 10th season, leading the Bruins to a 17-6 record last season. In her first nine seasons at UCLA, Sampras Webster guided the Bruins to eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including five top-5 showings (1997, 2000 2002, 2003 and 2004). In 2004, she led UCLA to the NCAA finals for the first time since 1991. It also marked the first time since 1991 that the Bruins surpassed the 20-win mark, finishing with a 21-8 overall record.


The Doubles Point: In nine of its 16 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 five spots in the rankings this week to No. 30. In singles, freshman Danielle Steinberg remains at No. 54 and sophomore Juliette Mavroleon remains at No. 112.


Wildcats in the Spotlight: Only a sophomore, Juliette Mavroleon leads her team with the best singles record, 12-3. Last week, Mavroloeon was ranked nationally for her first time in her career history at Arizona at No. 112. During the spring season, Mavroloen defeated No. 49 Luana Magnani of USC and will look to stay competitive and throughout the rest of the season.


“She’s 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.”


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 continue Pac-10 play on the road against Washington and No. 74 Washington State next Friday and Saturday, March 7-8. The following week, the Wildcats return home to face No. 1 Stanford and No. 10 California.   


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