Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Tennis Faces No. 1 Stanford, No. 11 California
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 11, 2006
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This Week for the Wildcats: No. 30 Arizona (12-8, 3-2) returns home this week to play No. 1 Stanford (19-0, 7-0) and No. 11 California (13-6, 4-1). The Wildcats will face the Cardinal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14, before taking on the Bears at noon on Saturday, April 15.


Last Time Out: Last weekend, Arizona swept the Washington schools. On Friday, the Wildcats defeated the Huskies 5-2. The following day, Arizona swept Washington State 5-0.


Against Stanford: Arizona will face Stanford on Friday for its annual Pac-10 play. On March 4, Arizona fell to No. 1 Stanford in Palo Alto, 7-0.  In 46 meetings, Arizona has won only once, on Feb. 21, 1987. 


Scouting the Cardinal: No. 1 Stanford is undefeated this season. The Cardinal has seven ranked players, including No. 5 Alice Barnes, who plays in the No. 2 position, and No. 19 Amber Liu, who plays Stanford’s number one slot. The last time the Wildcats beat the Cardinal was in 1987, when they won 5-4. Head coach Lele Forood is in her sixth season, leading the Cardinal to a 24-0 record last year. Last season, she won her fourth NCAA women’s tennis team title in five years and the 14th NCAA Championship in school history.


Against California: Arizona will face California on Saturday for its annual Pac-10 play. On March 3, Arizona fell to California in Berkeley, 5-1. Arizona has an all-time record of 9-32 against California.


Scouting the Bears: The No. 11 Bears are 13-6 on the season, with all their losses coming at the hands of topped-ranked teams. The Bears have four individually ranked players, including No. 10 Zsuzsanna Fodor, who plays their No. 1 spot, and No. 27 Suzi Bamos, who plays in the No. 2 slot. Fodor is 14-5 in singles and has only fallen to top-ranked players. Arizona has not won against Cal since 2003, when it won 4-3. Head coach Jan Brogan is in her 28th season, leading the Bears to a 14-9 record last year. Brogan has guided the Bears to 24 NCAA appearances, three AIAW showings (including a trip to the finals in 1982), and 18 Top-10 finishes since 1982. Brogan has also produced four national champion doubles teams, currently holds a 501-205 (.709) dual-match record and notched her 500th career win last spring when Cal defeated Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Brogan is just the fourth Cal coach to reach the 500-win plateau.


The Doubles Point: In 11 of its 20 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: Arizona moved up two spots in the rankings this week to No. 30. In singles, both freshman Danielle Steinberg and sophomore Juliette Mavroleon remain ranked this week. Steinberg is No. 48 and Mavroleon is No. 61.


Wildcats in the Spotlight: Only a sophomore, No. 61 Juliette Mavroleon leads the team with the best singles record at 14-5. During the spring season, Mavroleon defeated No. 49 Luana Magnani of USC and defeated UCLA’s No. 42 Tracy Lin and will look to stay competitive and throughout the rest of the season.


“Juliette has been the most consistent player on our force,” said head coach Vicky Maes. “She worked incredibly hard in the fall and now it is truly paying off. She is really talented and we hope to see her continue like this throughout the next few years.”


No. 48 Freshman Danielle Steinberg is quickly earning her position on the team. Steinberg holds a singles record of 11-5, with all five losses coming at the hands of ranked players. Two of Steinberg’s big wins were against Fresno State’s No. 21 Melanie Gloria and USC’s No. 49 Luana Magnani.


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 host its last match of the season as they face in-state rival Arizona State next Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m.

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