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,
Against Southern California:
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.
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.
The Doubles Point: In nine of its 16 matches this year,
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
“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,