This Week for the Wildcats: The No. 42 Arizona women’s tennis team will host No. 7 Southern California and No. 10 UCLA in Pac-10 play. The Wildcats will face the Women of Troy at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and will take on the Bruins at noon on Saturday, April 7. Both matches will be held at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Last week: The Wildcats struggled against two other top 10 teams on the road last weekend. Arizona fell to first-ranked Stanford on Friday, 7-0. The Cardinal was able to win all two of three doubles matches and did not drop a set in singles. On Saturday, the Wildcats were again swept this time against No. 6 California. The Golden Bears won two of three doubles to get the first point. Arizona was again unable to win a set in singles as Cal took control.
Against Southern California: This is the 45th all-time meeting between the Women of Troy and Wildcats. USC leads the series 29-15. The Women of Troy took the teams’ earlier meeting this season, 7-0. Arizona’s most recent win in the series came in 1998.
Scouting the Women of Troy: Southern California is 14-2, 3-0 in the Pac-10 so far this season. Its only two losses of the season came at Stanford and California. The Women of Troy have won their last nine straight. USC is led by junior Lindsey Nelson, ranked No. 10 in singles, and freshman Sarah Fansler, ranked No. 12. The Women of Troy have two other players ranked in singles and two pairs ranked in doubles. Head coach Richard Gallien enters his 12th season at Southern California. The team returns eight players and adds four.
Against UCLA: This is the 46th all-time meeting between the Bruins and Wildcats. UCLA leads the series 38-7. Arizona fell 7-0 earlier this season at UCLA. The Wildcats’ last win in the series came in 2000.
Scouting the Bruins: UCLA is 12-5, 3-0 in the Pac-10 on the season. The Bruins have won seven out of their last eight including their recent four-match winning streak. Their last loss came against USC, 4-3. The Bruins are led by freshman Riza Zalameda, ranked No. 22 in singles. UCLA also has two other players ranked in singles along with two ranked doubles pairs. Head coach Stella Sampras Webster returns for her 11th year at UCLA. The team returns seven players and adds five freshmen.
Double Trouble: Arizona has won the doubles point in nine of its 18 matches so far this season. The Wildcats are 8-1 when winning the point and 0-9 when their opponents take the point.
Ranked Rivals: The Wildcats have played their last 15 of 16 matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked Northern Arizona. Three of Arizona’s four remaining opponents are ranked in the top 25 of the ITA poll.
Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats remained at No. 42 in the poll this week. Danielle Steinberg moved up to No. 91 in the individual rankings.
Fall Action: Arizona found most of its success in doubles during the fall season. Kasia Jakowlew earned a 7-2 record in doubles while paired with Camelia Todorova (3-1) and Natalia Toporowska (4-1). Juliette Mavroleon and Danielle Steinberg went 3-0 in doubles action. Steinberg had the most success in singles play during the fall finishing at 5-3.
Pac-10 Elite: Arizona will face stiff competition when it begins the Pac-10 season. Eight of the nine conference teams are ranked in the ITA poll including five in the top 25. Stanford leads the way at No. 1. California and Southern California are close behind at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. UCLA (No. 10) and Arizona State (No. 25) round out the top 25, while No. 31 Oregon, No. 41 Washington State and No. 42 Arizona are all also ranked. Three singles players and one doubles pair from the Pac-10 are in the top 10 of their respective polls. California’s Susie Babos is ranked No. 4, while Stanford’s Celia Durkin and Southern California’s Lindsey Nelson are No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Another seven players from the conference rank in the top 25. Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 2 in doubles.
Next Week: Arizona will host Oregon in Pac-10 play. The Wildcats will face the Ducks at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13.