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2008 Arizona W Tennis Season Outlook
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/16/2008
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??????? Vicky Maes returns for her seventh year as the head coach of the Wildcat tennis squad. After a demanding season last year, Maes feels confident that everyone is ready to take the challenges of the new season.

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ˇ?Though the team is young and somewhat low on college tennis experience, we are very excited about the spring,ˇ± Maes said. ˇ?We have added several new young players who are hardworking and committed to the philosophy of the program. Returning only 3 starters from last year, and bringing in 5 newbies is challenging in that it greatly changes the dynamics of the team. However, in a short period of time, we have grown close and feel confident that we will compete extremely well, play with pride and stay together as a team. Every year, we face very strong competition in the Pac-10, as well as out-of-conference, and this year is no different. At the same time, it is the best way for us to get better. The girls understand that, in order for us to climb up the ladder, we need to play hard and believe in each other. Team unity is much more important than individual talent.ˇ±

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ˇ?Our returnees know what I expect: 100% effort, a positive attitude, vocal leadership, and a strong passion in representing our University. The newcomers have already shown great promise in terms of meeting these expectations, and I feel they will progress nicely as they adjust to continue to adjust to the team environment and college life in general.ˇ±

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The Wildcat squad may be young, but everyone is working towards the common goal of breaking back into the top 25 nationally. ˇ?The key this year is to remain healthy,ˇ± Maes said. ˇ?We simply cannot afford to have long-term injuries.ˇ± The Wildcats have a great group of people who have proven to be unwavering already. Their sense of pride and competitiveness will surely transfer over in the team season. ˇ?Tennis is an individual sport, but our players have a strong team spirit and want to win as a group the most.ˇ±

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Anchoring the Wildcats is junior Danielle Steinberg. ˇ?Dani is a big reason the team did so well in the past few years. Her tennis record speaks for itself, of course, but what is most impressive about her is her ability to lead. She doesnˇ?t just lead by example, she is also very vocal. The group responds well to that, as she earned everyoneˇ?s credibility right from the very beginning. This is also why she was voted team captain for the second straight year. The girls look up to her.ˇ±

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Sophomore returnees Natalia Toporowska and Katie Orletsky are also expected to add to the success of the Wildcats. ˇ?Natalia and Katie understand that they make part of a program that is still rebuilding. Even though they are still considered young, their commitment and positive attitude throughout the season is crucial in the continuous growth of Arizona tennis. We need them to step up every day.ˇ±

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Sophomore transfers Claire Rietsch, Ariane Masschelein, and Morgan?Ramser bring a fresh attitude and a solid amount of experience to their first year at Arizona. ˇ?Both Claire and Ariane proved themselves to be solid competitors in their freshman years. Claire was an excellent junior player and continued her success as a freshman at SMU. Ariane, too, had impressive results in her first semester in college. As a result, both players are expected to make an immediate impact to the Wildcat line-up. Morgan will not compete for us in the 07-08 season, but her vocal support will be invaluable and surely we will look forward to her help on the court next year.ˇ±

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Closing out the team roster are freshmen Jane Huh and Claire Cox. Their positive attitudes have helped change the outlook on the team. ˇ?Jane and Claire are great additions to Arizona. As people, they have earned everyoneˇ?s respect through their commitment to hard work and success. As players, they have devoted themselves to getting better every day and making an impact. This attitude is infectious.ˇ±

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Maes feels the team has been able to come together because the new people have been committed to the goals from day one. It has made it necessary for everyone to step up, get on board, and stay the course.

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Arizonaˇ?s team consists of a diverse group of young people. Maes believes that exposure to the backgrounds and cultures of the different team members leads to an invaluable experience that benefits her players for the rest of their lives.

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ˇ?College is about growing and about finding your path in life. Learning new perspectives and working as a unified group despite cultural differences helps every individual prepare for her future after college. Each member of this team brings something unique to the group, and this uniqueness is embraced by everyone. We enjoy an environment here that allows for success on and off the court.ˇ±

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ˇ?When players are deciding on which school to attend, the ones that will be drawn to UA are those who are looking for a full college experience. I want an active team that is involved in a variety of activities: academics, sports, community service, student interaction, career development, and more.

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A well-rounded experience will open the right doors after college,ˇ± Maes said. ˇ?In addition to enjoying the spirit of team competition, my goal is to encourage the girls to take advantage of all the services offered here at UA. I believe this is the ultimate in maximizing oneˇ?s future opportunities.ˇ±

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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 University.

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ˇ?Playing in a tough competitive conference like the Pac-10 requires preparation, and our non-conference schedule allows us to do just that,ˇ± Maes said. ˇ?The Pac-10 teams are strong all the way down the line-up, and we need to be ready to face difficult matches in every position.ˇ±

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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± Maes added.

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