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Arizona Loses Heartbreaker to Rival Sun Devils
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 26, 2006
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Tempe, ARIZ. - The No. 25 Arizona women’s tennis team (10-6) fell Saturday to rival No. 17 Arizona State (10-4), 5-2 at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe.  Arizona took the doubles point and won one of six singles matches.


“It was truly a close match, said head coach Vicky Maes. “ The score does not really reflect that, but three of the singles matches went to three sets. They gave it a good effort, and played a competitive match. ASU truly beat us, we didn’t beat ourselves. Hopefully we will be able to pull out a win against them at home.”


In doubles play, Arizona started off the afternoon by taking the doubles point. Senior Stephanie Balzert and sophomore Juliette Mavroleon defeated doubles pair No. 31 Roxanne Clarke and Kady Pooler, 8-3 in the No. 1 position. Arizona took the doubles point after freshman Danielle Steinberg and sophomore Camelia Todorova defeated Sun Devils Sabrina Capannolo and Jessica Leitch, 8-2 on court two. Junior’s Kasia Jakowlew and Jessie Rochefort fell to Laila Abdala and Rebecca Rankin 8-4 in the number three slot.


In singles play, the Wildcats were only able to claim one point in singles, but three other matches were decided in the third set.  No. 112 Juliette Mavroleon defeated Kady Pooler, 7-5, 7-6, (7-3) at the three.


Arizona travels to Los Angeles next week to face No. 3 USC on March 31 and No. 14 UCLA on April 1.


1. Balzert/ Mavroleon (UA) def. #31 Clarke/ Pooler (ASU) 8-3
2. Steinberg/ Todorova (UA) def. Sabrina Capannolo/Jessica Leitch (ASU) 8-2
3. Abdala/ Rankin (ASU) def. Jakowlew/ Rochefort (UA) 8-4


1. #116 Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) def. Stephanie Balzert (UA) 6-2, 6-2
2. #98 Roxanne Clarke (ASU) def. #54 Danielle Steinberg (UA) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
3. #112 Juliette Mavroleon (UA) def. Kady Pooler (ASU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Rebecca Rankin (ASU) def. Kasia Jakowlew (UA) 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-2
5. Jessica Leitch (ASU) def. Tina Razloznik (UA) 6-0, 6-4
6. Laila Abdala (ASU) def. Camelia Todorova (UA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3


Match Notes:
University of Arizona 10-6; National ranking #25
Arizona State University 10-4; National ranking #17

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