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Release: 02/13/2007
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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This Week for the Wildcats: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">No. 48 Arizona (3-3) will open Pac-10 play this weekend at home against the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> schools.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will face No. 56 Washington State at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will take on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place> at noon on Saturday, Feb. 17.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last week: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats bounced back from their three-game losing streak to win a pair in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">San Diego</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> upset No. 46 San Diego State on Friday, 4-3.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats took the doubles point and three singles matches, including two over ranked players, to get the win. <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> got a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over No. 51 Holly Bagshaw in the No. 1 spot.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A> got an upset of her own by defeating No. 69 Eliska Krausova, 6-4, 6-2, in the No. 2 position. On Saturday, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> beat a second-straight ranked opponent, No. 58 San Diego, 4-3.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats again took the doubles point and three matches in singles to get the win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This is the 13<SUP>th</SUP> all-time meeting between the Cougars and Wildcats. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> leads the series 11-1. Last season, the Wildcats won the only meeting between the two teams, 5-0, at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="BACKGROUND: yellow; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-highlight: yellow"><o:p><FONT size=2></FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></SPAN></B></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting the Cougars: <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Washington</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is 8-1 on the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cougars have defeated two ranked teams already this season: No. 30 BYU (5-2) on the road and No. 47 Sacramento State (4-3) at home. Their lone loss came against unranked <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Nevada</st1:place></st1:State> at home. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The success the team has so far has been in large part to the Cougars dominating singles play in compiling a 42-10 record as a team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> is led by junior Ekaterina Burduli, ranked No. 85 in singles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Lisa Hart returns for her fourth season at WSU. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team returns eight players and adds one freshman. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="BACKGROUND: yellow; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-highlight: yellow"><o:p><FONT size=2></FONT></o:p></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This is the 16<SUP>th</SUP> all-time meeting between the Huskies and Wildcats. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has the series lead so far, 11-4.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Last season, the Wildcats won 5-2 at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting the Huskies:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Washington</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is winless so far this season going 0-4.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It has lost all four of those matches to ranked teams: No. 30 BYU, No. 58 Denver, No. 63 Sacramento State and No. 22 Michigan. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Huskies No. 1 singles player, Mathilde Cor, has missed the team&rsquo;s last two matches due to an illness, while two other players are also currently not in action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Jill Hultquist enters her first season at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>. Hultquist was an assistant coach with Huskies from 1997 to 2002. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team returns five players and adds four freshmen. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ranked Rivals: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have played five straight matches against ranked opponents since opening the </SPAN></FONT><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><FONT size=2>season against unranked <st1:place w:st="on">Northern Arizona</st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A total of 10 of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s 12 remaining opponents are ranked in the ITA poll.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P></DIV> <DIV class=Section2> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P></DIV> <DIV class=Section3> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Wildcats in the Rankings: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats moved up four spots in the poll this week to No. 48.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has two pairs ranked at doubles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A> are ranked at No. 40, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769">Kasia Jakowlew</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959">Camelia Todorova</A></A> follow closely behind at No. 43.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P></DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Fall Action: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> found most of its success in doubles during the fall season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769">Kasia Jakowlew</A></A> earned a 7-2 record in doubles while paired with <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959">Camelia Todorova</A></A> (3-1) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386">Natalia Toporowska</A></A> (4-1).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> went 3-0 in doubles action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg had the most success in singles play during the fall finishing at 5-3. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Elite: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will face stiff competition when it begins the Pac-10 season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Eight of the nine conference teams are ranked in the ITA poll including five in the top 25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Stanford leads the way at No. 1 and <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place> is close behind at No. 5. <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> (No. 9), UCLA (No. 15) and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (No. 24) round out the top 25, while No. 45 Oregon, No. 48 Arizona and No. 56 Washington State are all also ranked. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Three singles players and two doubles pairs from the Pac-10 are in the top 10 of their respective polls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>&rsquo;s Susie Babos is ranked No. 3, while Stanford&rsquo;s Jessica Nguyen is No. 8 and <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place>&rsquo;s Sarah Fansler is No. 9.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 2 in doubles and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>&rsquo;s Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke pair up at No. 8.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Next Week: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will remain at home to face the <st1:place w:st="on">Northern California</st1:place> schools in non-conference play. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will face <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State></st1:place> at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, and will take on Stanford at noon on Saturday, Feb. 24.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
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