This Week for the Wildcats: The No. 42 Arizona women’s tennis team will head to northern California to face No. 1 Stanford and No. 6 California in Pac-10 play. The Wildcats will face the Cardinal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and will take on the Golden Bears at noon on Saturday, March 31.
Last week: The Wildcats took down Cornell, 6-1, despite numerous rain delays. Arizona claimed the doubles point with a score of 2-1 and went on to win five of the six singles matches. The highlight for the Wildcats was the return of senior Jessie Rochefort to the lineup. Rochefort made her first appearance, a winning one at that, in a match all season after being out with an injury. The senior paired up with Juliette Mavroleon to get a win in the third doubles spot, securing the doubles point for Arizona. On Saturday, the Wildcats struggled against in-state rival Arizona State. The Sun Devils claimed the match with a 6-1 decision, extending their winning streak to five-straight over Arizona. Danielle Steinberg’s upset win over No. 63 Sabrina Capannolo in the No. 1 spot gave the Wildcats their only point.
Against Stanford: This is the 49th all-time meeting between the Cardinal and Wildcats. Stanford leads the series 1-47. Arizona dropped the two teams’ meeting early this season at home, 6-1.
Scouting the Cardinal: Stanford is 12-1, 1-0 in the Pac-10 so far this season. Its only loss of the season came at the ITA National Team Indoors against No. 6 Georgia Tech. The Cardinal has won nine in a row since losing that match. Stanford features six players in the ITA singles rankings. Junior Celia Durkin leads the way at No. 10 with senior Theresa Logar (No. 11) and sophomore Jessica Nguyen (No. 14) following close behind. The Cardinal also has two pairs ranked in doubles. Head coach Lele Forood enters her seventh season at Stanford. The team returns seven players and adds one freshman.
Against California: This is the 44th all-time meeting between the Bears and Wildcats. California leads the series 34-9. Early this season the Bears took down the Wildcats 6-1 in Tucson.
Scouting the Golden Bears: California is 15-3, 1-0 in the Pac-10 on the season. The Bears are currently riding a seven-match winning streak including a recent 6-1 win over No. 9 Northwestern. Cal is led by junior Susie Babos, senior Zsuzsanna Fodor and freshman Nina Henkel. Babos is ranked No. 4 is singles while Fodor is the 13th-ranked player and Henkel is 17th. Two other Bears are also ranked in singles. In doubles, Babos and Fodor are ranked third as a pair and two other pairs make the top 60. Head coach Jan Brogran returns for her 29th at Cal. The team returns seven players and adds two freshmen.
Double Trouble: Arizona has won the doubles point in nine of its 16 matches so far this season. The Wildcats are 8-1 when winning the point and 0-7 when their opponents take the point.
Ranked Rivals: The Wildcats have played their last 14 of 15 matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked Northern Arizona. All six of Arizona’s remaining opponents are ranked in the top 25 of the ITA poll.
Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats fell six spots in the poll this week to No. 42. Danielle Steinberg remains at No. 107 in the individual rankings.
Fall Action: Arizona found most of its success in doubles during the fall season. Kasia Jakowlew earned a 7-2 record in doubles while paired with Camelia Todorova (3-1) and Natalia Toporowska (4-1). Juliette Mavroleon and Danielle Steinberg went 3-0 in doubles action. Steinberg had the most success in singles play during the fall finishing at 5-3.
Pac-10 Elite: Arizona will face stiff competition when it begins the Pac-10 season. Eight of the nine conference teams are ranked in the ITA poll including six in the top 25. Stanford leads the way at No. 1. Southern California and California are close behind at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively. UCLA (No. 11), Arizona State (No. 19) and Oregon (No. 24) round out the top 25, while No. 39 Washington State and No. 42 Arizona are all also ranked. Three singles players and two doubles pairs from the Pac-10 are in the top 10 of their respective polls. California’s Susie Babos is ranked No. 4, while Southern California’s Lindsey Nelson and Stanford’s Celia Durkin are No. 8 and No. 10, respectively. Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 3 in doubles and Arizona State’s Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke pair up at No. 9.
Next Week: Arizona will host Southern California and UCLA in Pac-10 play. The Wildcats will face the Women of Troy at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and will take on the Bruins at noon on Saturday, April 7.