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20070227 Women?s Tennis Looks to Bounce Back at Home
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Release: 02/27/2007
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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This Week for the Wildcats: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The No. 42 Arizona women&rsquo;s tennis team will take a break from Pac-10 opponents this weekend when it hosts No. 47 Tulsa and No. 49 New Mexico at the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">LaNelle</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Robson</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tennis</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats (5-5, 2-0) will face the Golden Hurricane at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 3.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will take on the Lobos at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 4.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last week: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats suffered two straight losses over the weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> fell to No. 7 California 6-1 on Friday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Golden Bears won the doubles point and took five of the six singles matches to get the win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona&rsquo;s one point came from <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A>&rsquo;s straight set, upset win over No. 9 Zsuzsanna Fodor, 6-1, 7-6(0).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On Saturday, The Wildcats had similar results against No. 1 Stanford.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cardinal got off to a fast start by winning the doubles point, and the Wildcats were again only able to get one win in singles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181099"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181099">Tina Razloznik</A></A> got the point for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> in the No. 6 spot against <SPAN style="COLOR: black">Lejla Hodzic, 6-2, 6-3.</SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tulsa</st1:place></st1:City>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This is the third all-time meeting between the Golden Hurricane and Wildcats. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> leads the series 2-0. The two teams last met in 2001 with the Wildcats getting a 4-3 win.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting the Golden Hurricanes: <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Tulsa</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is 10-1 on the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Hurricane has won two straight since falling to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Wichita</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> 4-1 at home. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tulsa</st1:place></st1:City> is led by Thalia Diaz-Barriga and partner Jie Zeng, who are ranked No. 56 in doubles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Dean Orford returns for his second year at <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tulsa</st1:place></st1:City>. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team returns six players and adds two freshmen. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This is the 15<SUP>th</SUP> all-time meeting between the Lobos and Wildcats. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> leads the series 14-0.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats took a 5-2 decision the last time the teams met in 2004.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting the Lobos:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">New Mexico</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is 5-1 so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Its only loss of the season came against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Boise</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, 5-2, last weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Both the Lobos and Wildcats faced <st1:place w:st="on">Northern Arizona</st1:place> this season with similar results. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Each team won its respective match against the Lumberjacks, 6-1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> lost its top player, All-American Iva Gersic, with a season-ending ankle injury last weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Gersic played at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Kathy Kolankiewicz enters her 21<SUP>st</SUP> season at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State>. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team returns nine players and adds two freshmen. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P></DIV><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><BR style="PAGE-BREAK-BEFORE: auto; mso-break-type: section-break" clear=all></SPAN></B> <DIV class=Section2> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Double Trouble: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has won the doubles point in six of its ten matches so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats are 5-1 when winning the point and 0-4 when their opponents take the point.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ranked Rivals: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have played their last eight of nine matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked <st1:place w:st="on">Northern Arizona</st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A total of seven of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s eight remaining opponents are ranked in the ITA poll.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P></DIV> <DIV class=Section3> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Wildcats in the Rankings: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats moved up four spots in the poll this week to No. 42 despite being swept over the weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P></DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Fall Action: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; 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></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Elite: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; 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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> and <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place> are close behind at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. 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. 20) round out the top 25, while No. 39 Oregon, No. 42 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>Stanford&rsquo;s Jessica Nguyen is ranked No. 3, while <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Susie Babos is No. 4 and Stanford&rsquo;s Celia Durkin is No. 5.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 4 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. 6.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Next Week: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will have a week off before heading on the road to face UCLA and <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place> in non-conference play. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoIndex1 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0in"><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal; FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoIndexHeading style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p><STRONG><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></STRONG></o:p></SPAN></P>
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