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Wildcats Upset No. 28 BYU, Advance to Second Round
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/13/2006
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STANFORD, Calif. ?- The No. 38 Arizona women’s tennis team upset No. 28 Brigham Young, 4-1, Friday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center in the First Round of the 2006 NCAA Division I women’s tennis championships, advancing to the Second Round for the first time since 2004.

 

The Wildcats jumped out to the early advantage, taking the doubles point with a pair of victories. Danielle Steinberg and Camelia Todorova made quick work No. 51 Dolly Chang and Sofia Holden, winning 8-1 on court two. The Cougars evened things up on court three, as Olga Boulycheva and Lauren Jones knocked off Arizona’s Kasia Jakowlew and Jessie Rochefort, 8-3. The Cougars seemed to be in control on court one, as Jennifer Miccoli and Anastasia Sourkova held a commanding 7-2 lead over Stephanie Balzert and Juliette Mavroleon. However, the Wildcat duo did not give in, and stormed back to take the next seven games, winning the match 9-7.

 

“It was very exciting,” head coach Vicky Maes said. “It was an incredible performance by the whole team. We were down 7-2 and faced match-point twice on court one with Stephanie and Juliette, but they continued to play tough. If they didn’t come through, we wouldn’t have gotten the doubles point. It was huge for us.”

 

No. 81 Mavroleon carried the momentum over to the singles action. She dispatched BYU’s Sourkova in straight sets on court three, 6-1, 6-4. Jakowlew earned the Wildcats their third point, defeating Holden on court four 6-4, 6-4.

 

With three points in the bag, the Wildcats seemed to be cruising, but that was not the case. BYU won the first set on courts one, two, five and six. The Cougars tightened things up on court two, as Jones and Balzert squared off in a back-and-forth battle. Jones took the first set 6-3, before Balzert evened the match with a 6-3 victory of her own in the second set. Balzert then took a 2-0 lead in the final set, before Jones went on to win 6-3, earning the Cougars their only point of the day.

 

With three matches still undecided, the Wildcats settled in and asserted themselves in the remaining matches. No. 37 Steinberg, named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team earlier this week, recovered from an early 4-2 deficit on court one against No. 24 Boulycheva, taking the second set 6-4. On court five, Todorova bounced back from a heartbreaking first set loss, 6-7, to win the second, 6-2. Rochefort also came through in the second set, winning 7-6 on court six.

 

All three remaining matches went to a third set with the Wildcats carrying momentum from the second set victories. Todorova quickly asserted herself in the third set, winning 6-1, to clinch the team victory for Arizona.

 

“It was an excellent day for us,” Maes said of the team victory. “The girls played really tough. Everyone stepped up. This was one of the best performances I’ve seen from our team in a couple of years.”

 

Arizona (13-11) will now gear up for second round action set to take place Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats will square off with No. 1 Stanford (25-0) at 3 p.m.

 

Doubles
1. Stephanie Balzert/Juliette Mavroleon (Arizona) def. JenniferMiccoli/AnastasiaSourkova (BYU), 9-7
2. Danielle Steinberg/Camelia Todorova (Arizona) def. #51 DollyChang/SofiaHolden (BYU), 8-1
3. OlgaBoulytcheva/LaurenJones (BYU) def. Kasia Jakowlew/Jessie Rochefort (Arizona), 8-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles
1. #24 OlgaBoulytcheva (BYU) led #37 Danielle Steinberg (Arizona), 4-6, 6-4, 4-3
2. LaurenJones (BYU) def. Stephanie Balzert (Arizona), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3. #81 Juliette Mavroleon (Arizona) def. AnastasiaSourkova (BYU), 6-1, 6-4
4. Kasia Jakowlew (Arizona) def. SofiaHolden (BYU), 6-4, 6-4
5. Camelia Todorova (Arizona) def. DollyChang (BYU), 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1
6. Jessie Rochefort (Arizona) vs. JenniferMiccoli (BYU), 2-6, 7-6(5), 2-2
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 5

Arizona: 13-11, ITA Ranking #38
Brigham Young: 20-8, ITA Ranking #28

Match time: 3:55

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