Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Fall Season Ends on High Note for Women?s Tennis
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 06, 2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s tennis team closed out the fall season this past weekend at the Harvard Invitational.  The tournament featured six Wildcats, as well as players from Rice, Virginia and host school Harvard. 


“Playing teams like Virginia, Rice and Harvard are a really good confidence booster for us,” head coach Vicky Maes said.  “It is good for these girls to know that they can beat teams that are ranked higher.”


After a successful first day against Virginia, which saw Arizona win two doubles matches and three singles matches, the Cats took on Rice, again winning two doubles matches and three singles matches. 


The No. 1 doubles team, sophomore Danielle Steinberg and junior Juliette Mavroleon defeated Julia Chao and Dominique Karas 8-4. 


“Throughout the fall season we have been looking at different doubles teams, and I think that Danielle and Juliette will be a great team,” said Maes.


Competing in the No. 2 spot was senior Kasia Jakowlew and freshman Natalia Toporowska.  The Wildcat duo defeated Tiffany Lee and Christine Dao 9-8.


Arizona junior Camelia Todorova and sophomore Tina Razloznik were defeated by Rebecca Lin and Alana Rodgers 8-5. 


The top three singles players for the Wildcats were all victorious over Rice.  At No. 1, Steinberg defeated Dao 6-4, 6-3, Mavroleon beat Lee 6-4, 7-5 and Jakowlew edged out a victory over Chao 7-6 (1), 6-2. 


Next up for the Wildcats was Harvard.  Again the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams were victorious as Steinberg and Mavroleon defeated Laura Peterzan and Elsa O’Riain, 8-4.  Jakowlew and Toporowska beat Lena Litvak and Stephanie Schnitter 8-5. 


The two Arizona doubles teams were able to remain undefeated throughout the tournament and were named the No. 1 and No. 2 tournament flight champions.  Also earning a singles championship flight was Todorova who took home the No. 6 flight.


Harvard’s Beier Ko and Preethi Mukundan defeated Razloznik and Todorova 8-1.


In the two singles matches against Harvard, Steinberg fell to Ko, 6-2, 6-2 and Jakowlew fell to Schnitter, 6-3, 6-0. 


“Now that the fall season is over we can turn our attention to January and we are really looking forward to that,” Maes said.


The fall season consisted of six tournaments, which included the ITA All-Americans and the ITA Regionals. 


The Wildcats won a total of nine doubles matches and 21 singles matches throughout the fall season. 


The team will have a couple of months off before the spring season begins with a match against Nevada on Jan. 19, 2007.  The spring opener will be held at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson. 



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