Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Tennis Looks to End Losing Streak
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 07, 2006
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This Week for the Wildcats: No. 30 Arizona (9-4) returns home Wednesday March 8 to take on No. 63 Penn (8-3) at 2p.m. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center at.  On Friday March 10, the Wildcats will travel to Eugene, Ore., to take on No. 24 Oregon at 1:30 p.m. (PST).


Last Time Out: Last weekend, Arizona lost both of its Pac-10 road matches. On March 3, the Wildcats fell 6-1 to No. 8 Cal. The following day, Arizona was defeated by No. 1 Stanford, 7-0.  Arizona is 0-4 in the Pac-10.


Against Penn: Wednesday’s match will be the first meeting ever between the Arizona Wildcats and the Pennsylvania Quakers.


Scouting the Quakers: The No. 63 Quakers are 4-3 on the season, with losses coming at the hands of ranked teams (No. 18 Virginia Commonwealth and No. 28 Maryland). Head coach Mike Dowd returns for his 10th season, leading the Quakers to a 11-6 record last year. Dowd has guided the Quakers to winning seasons in every year and won at least 15 matches six times. In 2001, he took the women’s tennis program into uncharted waters, winning the program’s first Ivy League title. In 2002 his team accomplished the feat again.


Against Oregon: Arizona is 7-4 all time vs. Oregon. Last season, Arizona fell to Oregon at home, 3-4.  


Scouting the Ducks: The No. 24 Ducks are currently 9-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Pac-10, with both of their losses coming at the hands of No. 35 Long Beach State University and No. 40 San Diego State. The Ducks have one ranked player, No. 44 Dominika Dieskova, who plays in their No. 1 slot. The last time the Wildcats beat the Ducks was in 2002, when they won 5-2. Head coach Nils Schyllander returns for his fourth season, leading the Ducks to a 17-9 record last year.


The Doubles Point: In seven of its 13 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: The Wildcats moved up 18 spots this week in the rankings to No. 30. Senior Stephanie Balzert (8-5) is ranked at No. 92 in singles.


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 resume play on March 25 when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., to take on rival Arizona Sate.

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