This Week: The No. 38 Arizona women’s tennis team (12-11, 3-5) travels to Palo Alto, Calif., this week to compete at the 2006 NCAA Division I women’s tennis championships. The Wildcats will open up first round action on Friday, May 12, against Brigham Young (20-7). The match is set to begin at 12 p.m. (PT).
Scouting the Cougars: Brigham Young finished the regular season with a record of 20-7 overall, and second place finish in the Mountain West Conference. Although the Cougars and Wildcats did not meet during the season, they did share a few common opponents. Both squads faced Denver, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, and Washington State during the regular season. Both Arizona and BYU were undefeated in those matches.
Last Time Out: All four Wildcats fell in the first round singles matches at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., on April 27. In the first round of the Women’s Singles Main Draw, senior Stephanie Balzert fell to Cal’s Susie Babos in straight sets. Sophomore Juliette Mavroleon lost to California’s Cristina Viscico 6-4, 6-2. In the Women’s Singles Invitational Draw, junior Kasia Jakowlew lost to California’s Jessica Shu in straight sets. Meanwhile, freshman Tina Razloznik fell to Cal’s Claire Ilcinkas 6-0, 6-2.
In the doubles main draw on April 28, Wildcat pair Stephanie Balzert and Juliette Mavroleon fell to Southern California’s Luana Magnani and Lindsey Nelson, 8-3. Arizona’s Kasia Jakowlew and Tina Razloznik withdrew from their doubles match in the invitational draw due to Razloznik being ill. Two Wildcats bounced back from their first round defeats with wins in the back draw bracket. Jakowlew defeated Stanford’s Joanna Kao, 6-1, 6-2. Mavroleon had a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Washington State’s Marjolein van de Ven. Balzert, however, fell to Washington’s Victoria Brymer, 6-2, 6-4.
The Doubles Point: has won the doubles point in just under half (11 of 23) its matches this year. 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. 38. Individually, sophomores Danielle Steinberg and Juliette Mavroleon are No. 37 and No. 81, respectively.
All-Pac-10: Earlier this week, freshman Danielle Steinberg was named to Pac-10 All-Conference Second Team. Steinberg is the first Arizona women’s tennis player to be selected to the All-Pac-10 team since Maja Mlakar in 2002, who was also named to the second team. Additionally, Steinberg earned an at-large bid as a singles competitor to compete in the 2006 NCAA Division I women’s tennis championships May 23-28.
More Steinberg: Only a freshman, No. 40 Danielle Steinberg leads the team with the best singles record at 14-6, with all six losses coming at the hands of ranked players. On April 15, she defeated California’s No. 8 Zsuzanna Fodor. She was also up 4-1 in the second set against Stanford’s No. 17 Amber Liu, when the match was decided 4-1. Two other big wins for Steinberg were against Fresno State’s No. 21 Melanie Gloria and USC’s No. 47 Luana Magnani.
Marvelous Mavroleon: In her first year at Arizona, sophomore Juliette Mavroleon has posted a 19-11 singles record, earning her a No. 81 ranking. Mavroleon has recorded a 4-8 record against ranked opponents.
Fall Action: After finishing the 2005 season with three ranked players, Arizona lost all three to graduation. 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.