This Week for the Wildcats: No. 46 Arizona (7-0) goes on the road this week to play No. 44 Fresno State (1-2) and No. 62 Oklahoma (2-1). The Wildcats will face the Bulldogs at 1:30 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, Feb. 17, before taking on the Sooners at noon (PST) Saturday, Feb. 18.
Last Time Out: Last weekend, the No. 46 Wildcats won both their home matches to improve to 7-0 on the season. On Saturday, Arizona earned a 6-1 victory over Cal Poly. The Wildcats followed that up with a 6-1 win over No. 49 Denver the next day. This is the best start to a season in more than10 years for the Cats.
Against Fresno State: Saturday’s match will be the fourth meeting between the Wildcats and the Bulldogs. The last time they met was in 2004, when Arizona fell 4-3.
Scouting the Bulldogs: The Bulldogs are 1-2 on the season, having fallen Friday to No. 28 Pepperdine, 5-2. Head coach Simon Thibodeau returns to Fresno State for his third year, leading the Bulldogs to a 16-8 record last season.
Against Oklahoma: Arizona and Oklahoma will meet on Sunday for the second time ever in the history of Arizona’s program. Last time they met was in 2004, when Arizona fell to Oklahoma at home, 4-3.
Scouting the Sooners: No. 61 Oklahoma started their season 2-1, falling to No. 10 North Carolina, 7-0. Head coach Mark Johnson returns for his 17 year, leading the Sooners to a 14-12 record last season.
The Doubles Point: In six of its seven 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 12 spots this week in the rankings to No. 46. Individual rankings are next scheduled to be released Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Wildcats in the Spotlight: In dual meet competition, senior Stephanie Balzert and doubles partner sophomore Juliette Mavroleon remain undefeated in both their doubles and single matches.
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 their first conference matches against No. 17 UCLA and Southern California next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25. The following week the Wildcats will go back on the road to face California and Stanford March 3-4.