This Week: The No. 36 Arizona women’s tennis team (12-11, 3-5) travels to Ojai, Calif., for the Pacific-10 Championships this Thursday-Sunday, April 27-30.
Pac-10 Championships: The Pac-10’s nine women's teams head to Ojai, Calif., to decide the league’s singles and doubles champions. The 32-player singles draw consists of three players from each of the nine schools, with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches, based upon the participants’ records. The 16-team doubles draw has one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee, based upon the participants’ records.
Competing for Arizona are senior Stephanie Balzert, junior Kasia Jakowlew, sophomore Juliette Mavroleon and freshman Tina Razloznik. All four will compete in singles and doubles.
Ojai History: The Ojai, as it is known in tennis circles, is the oldest amateur tennis tournament in the U.S. and has been interrupted only five years since its inception ?- in 1924 by hoof and mouth disease and four years during World War II. Pac-10 schools have competed in intercollegiate events in 95 of The Ojai's 105 tournaments, beginning in 1911. Championship medals are awarded in both singles and doubles and the winner's names are inscribed on permanent trophies displayed each year at the tournament. Last year's singles winner was USC's Nicole Leimbach. The doubles winner was Stanford’s KC Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey.
Last Time Out: Arizona fell to Arizona State 5-2 to close out the regular season last Saturday in Tucson.
The Doubles Point: Arizona 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 one spot this week in the rankings to No. 36. Individually, freshman Danielle Steinberg and sophomore Juliette Mavroleon are No. 40 and No. 68, respectively.
Wildcats in the Spotlight: 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.
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.
Next Up: Arizona awaits its postseason fate during the NCAA selection announcement on Wednesday, May 3. The announcement, which airs on ESPNEWS, begins at approximately 5:30 p.m. (PDT).