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Wildcats Take on Devils
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/22/2006
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This Week for the Wildcats: No. 25 Arizona (10-5) heads to Tempe Saturday March 25 to take on No. 17 in-state rival Arizona State (9-4) at noon.

 

Last Time Out: After was idle last week. The previous week, the Wildcats earned a 4-3 victory at Oregon to capture their first conference win and snap a five-match losing streak.

Against ASU: In the all-time series, ASU currently holds a 33-14 edge over the Wildcats. Last year Arizona fell in Tempe, 5-2, on April 16.

Scouting the Devils: The No. 17 Devils are currently 9-4 on the season and 1-4 in the Pac-10, with all of their losses coming at the hands of ranked schools (No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 USC, No. 9 California, and No.14 UCLA). The Devils have two ranked players, No. 116 Sabrina Capannolo who plays No. 1 singles, and No. 84 Roxanne Clarke who plays either number two or three. The last time the Wildcats beat the Devils was in 2004, winning 4-3. Head coach Sheila McInerney is in her 22nd season, after leading the Devils to an 11-8 record last year, and nine consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005. McInerney has also led the Sun Devils to 18 NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and eight quarterfinal appearances in her tenure. She has made the NCAA tournament in 20 of her 21 seasons.

 

The Doubles Point: In eight of its 15 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 dropped two spots this week in the rankings to No. 25. Two new players are ranked this week for the Wildcats: freshman Danielle Steinberg is ranked No. 54 in singles and sophomore Juliette Mavroleon is ranked No. 112 in singles.

 

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 travels to Los Angeles next week to face No. 3 USC on March 31 and No. 14 UCLA on April 1.

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