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20070508 Women?s Tennis Heads to Atlanta for NCAA Tournament
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Release: 05/08/2007
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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This Week for the Wildcats: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The No. 40 Arizona women&rsquo;s tennis team (9-13, 3-5) travels to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Atlanta</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ga.</st1:State></st1:place> to take on No. 33 Kentucky at 3 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, May 12, in the first round of NCAA Championship play. Host and third-ranked Georgia Tech will take on Furman in the other regional match up. The winners will then compete at noon (EST) on Sunday, May 13, for the right to advance to the Round of 16 hosted by <st1:country-region w:st="on">Georgia</st1:country-region> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Athens</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ga.</st1:State></st1:place>, beginning on May 18.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last week: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats had a rough go at it in the Pac-10 Championships with their both of their top two players, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A></A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A></A></A>, competing in the championship draw dropping out in the first day of competition. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> had the most success in the invitational draw where <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386">Natalia Toporowska</A></A></A></A> advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>&rsquo;s Laila Abdala. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the doubles invitational draw, Toporowska and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743520"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743520"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743520"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743520">Katie Orletsky</A></A></A></A> teamed up to also advance to the quarterfinals. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team then withdrew from competition.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kentucky</st1:place></st1:State>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This is the second all-time meeting between the two Wildcat teams. <st1:State w:st="on">Kentucky</st1:State> won the only prior match up in 1986, 5-4, in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting the Wildcats: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Kentucky</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is 18-7 so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have lost six of their last nine since beginning the season 15-1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kentucky</st1:place></st1:State> is led by its double pairing of Joelle Schwenk and Kim Conventry, ranked sixth in the country.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This is the 11<SUP>th</SUP>-straight NCAA bid for the Wildcats. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Carlos Drada enters his second season at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kentucky</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team returns five players and adds three freshmen.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Giant Killers: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sophomore <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A></A></A> and junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A></A></A> both had huge upsets in consecutive match ups against first <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place> and then UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg, ranked 91<SUP>st</SUP> at the time, defeated USC&rsquo;s 10<SUP>th</SUP>-ranked Lindsey Nelson in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(4).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The next day against UCLA, Steinberg was able to avenge a loss earlier in the season to No. 22 Riza Zalameda.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg again got the upset in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against USC, an unranked Mavroleon took down 12<SUP>th</SUP>-ranked Sarah Fansler in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mavroleon kept the momentum rolling the next day as she handedly defeated UCLA&rsquo;s 49<SUP>th</SUP>-ranked Tracy Lin, 6-2, 6-4.<B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P></DIV><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><BR style="PAGE-BREAK-BEFORE: auto; mso-break-type: section-break" clear=all></SPAN> <DIV class=Section2></DIV> <DIV class=Section3> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 POW: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sophomore <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A></A></A> was named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for Apr. 2-8.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg posted back-to-back upsets over two of the Pac-10's top players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg beat USC&rsquo;s tenth-ranked Lindsey Nelson and UCLA&rsquo;s 22<SUP>nd</SUP>-ranked Riza Zalameda, both in straight sets.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the first award for Steinberg and the first ever Player of the Week honor for the Wildcats in women&rsquo;s tennis.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P></DIV> <DIV class=Section4> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P></DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Double Trouble: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has won the doubles point in 10 of its 22 matches so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats are 9-1 when winning the point and 0-12 when their opponents take the point.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ranked Rivals: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have played their last 19 of 20 matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked <st1:place w:st="on">Northern Arizona</st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Wildcats in the Rankings: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats moved up one spot in poll to No. 40 this week.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A></A></A> remained at No. 42, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A></A></A> fell two spots to No. 79.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Fall Action: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> found most of its success in doubles during the fall season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769">Kasia Jakowlew</A></A></A></A> earned a 7-2 record in doubles while paired with <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959">Camelia Todorova</A></A></A></A> (3-1) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386">Natalia Toporowska</A></A></A></A> (4-1).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A></A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A></A></A> went 3-0 in doubles action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg had the most success in singles play during the fall finishing at 5-3. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Elite: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has face tough competition since entering the Pac-10 season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Eight of the nine conference teams are ranked in the ITA poll including five in the top 25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Stanford leads the way at No. 1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Southern California and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State></st1:place> are close behind at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA (No. 12) and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (No. 18) round out the top 25, while No. 40 Arizona, No. 41 Oregon and No. 50 Washington State are all also ranked. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All of these teams except for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> received NCAA bids. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Three singles players and one doubles pair from the Pac-10 are in the top 10 of their respective polls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>&rsquo;s Susie Babos is ranked No. 4, while <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place>&rsquo;s Lindsey Nelson and Stanford&rsquo;s Theresa Logar are No. 5 and No. 8, respectively.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Another seven players from the conference rank in the top 25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 5 in doubles.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></SPAN> </P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Next Up:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Should <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> win its first and second round matches, it will advance to the Round of 16 hosted by <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Georgia</st1:place></st1:country-region> beginning on May 18. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> will return to action at the individual championships also held in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Athens</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ga.</st1:State></st1:place> beginning on May 23.</SPAN></SPAN></P>
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