This Week for the Wildcats: No. 49 Arizona (1-2) will return home to face No. 23 Fresno State (1-0). The Wildcats and Bulldogs will square off at noon on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Last week: The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season to No. 56 Colorado, 6-1. In singles, Kasia Jakowlew earned Arizona its only point of the match at the No. 3 spot. Jakowlew defeated Veera Nurmi 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. Arizona dropped its second straight match the next day at No. 58 Denver, 5-2. The Wildcats again earned their only points in singles with Juliette Mavroleon and Tina Razloznik winning to give Arizona two points. Mavroleon defeated Julia Bauregger, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot. Razloznik, in the No. 5 position, beat Kyla Iwinski, 6-0, 6-2.
Against Fresno State: This is the fifth series meeting between the Bulldogs and Wildcats. The series is even at two apiece. Last season, Arizona defeated Fresno State on the road, 4-3.
Scouting the Bulldogs: Fresno State has only competed in one match this season due to rain outs. The Bulldogs defeated Nevada, 6-1, in their home opener. They are led by sophomore Melanie Gloria, ranked No. 4 in singles, and freshman Renata Kucerkova, ranked No. 49. Head coach Simon Thibodeau returns for his fourth season at Fresno State. Thibodeau has led the Bulldogs to three consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. Thibodeau served as an assistant coach at Arizona from 2000 to 2003 before joining the Bulldogs. The team returns eight players and adds three freshmen.
Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats fell 15 spots in the poll this week to No. 49. Arizona has two pairs ranked at doubles. Danielle Steinberg and Juliette Mavroleon are ranked at No. 40, while Kasia Jakowlew and Camelia Todorova follow closely behind at No. 43.
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 and Southern California is close behind at No. 3. California (No. 11), UCLA (No. 14) and Arizona State (No. 24) round out the top 25, while No. 39 Oregon, No. 49 Arizona and No. 56 Washington are all also ranked. Three singles players and two doubles pairs from the Pac-10 are in the top 10 of their respective polls. California’s Susie Babos is ranked No. 3, while Stanford’s Jessica Nguyen is No. 8 and Southern California’s Sarah Fansler is No. 9. Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 2 in doubles and Arizona State’s Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke pair up at No. 8.