Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Tennis Goes Back on the Road
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 01, 2006
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This Week for the Wildcats: No. 59 Arizona (3-0) will travel to the southwest to face Texas-Arlington (3-0) and No. 66 Southern Methodist (0-1).  The Wildcats will face the Mavericks at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, before taking on the Mustangs at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.


Last Time Out: Last weekend, the No. 59 Wildcats won a pair of matches against teams from the Big West Conference to improve to 2-0 on the season. Last Friday, Arizona earned a 6-1 victory over No. 63 Pacific. The Wildcats followed that up with a convincing 7-0 win over UC Davis the next day. 


Against Texas Arlington: Friday’s match will be the first meeting ever between the Arizona Wildcats and Texas-Arlington Mavericks.


Scouting the Mavericks: The Mavericks will start their season at home against Arizona. They open up their season with one ranked player, No. 49 Klara Jagosova, who went 9-2 in singles last season. Head coach Christian Wassmer begins his second year at the helm of the program. After serving five years as the associate head coach, Wassmer took over as the men's and women's head coach last season, leading the Lady Mavericks to the NCAA Tournament and ending the season with a 14-9 record.


Against Southern Methodist: Arizona and SMU will meet for the seventh time in the history of Arizona’s women’s tennis. The last time the Wildcat’s took on the Mustangs was in 1997 when Arizona swept them 7-0 at home.


Scouting the Mustangs: No. 66 SMU started out their season against No. 9 Baylor, where they fell 6-1. The Mustangs then went on a three-match winning streak, making their season record 3-1. Head coach Rob Howarth enters his third season as head coach of the SMU women's tennis program. In 2004-05, he led the Mustangs to a 16-10 record and made the semifinals of the WAC Championships, falling to three-time defending champion Fresno State.


The Doubles Point: In each of its three 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: Individual rankings are next scheduled to be released Wednesday Feb. 22.


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 return home to play two matches against Cal Poly and Denver, next Saturday and Sunday Feb. 11-12. Following the home matches, the Wildcats go back on the road to play against Fresno State and Oklahoma on Feb. 17-18.




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