This Week for the Wildcats: The No. 32 Arizona women’s tennis team will head on the road for two non-conference match ups against No. 22 UCLA and No. 11 Southern California. The Wildcats (7-5, 2-0) will face the Bruins at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16. Arizona will take on the Women of Troy at noon on Saturday, March 17.
Last week: The Wildcats had last weekend off after picking up two wins over Tulsa and New Mexico the previous weekend. Arizona won the doubles point and four singles points in both matches to get 5-2 wins. In doubles, Danielle Steinberg and Camelia Todorova paired up to get two wins over the weekend as did the tandem Katie Orletsky and Juliette Mavroleon. In singles, Steinberg and Orletsky combined for four wins in the two matches.
Against UCLA: This is the 45th all-time meeting between the Bruins and Wildcats. UCLA leads the series 37-7. Arizona was swept last season by the Bruins. The Wildcats fell 5-2 at UCLA in the two teams’ last meeting. Arizona’s last win in the series came in 2000.
Scouting the Bruins: UCLA is 8-5 on the season. The Bruins have won three out of their last four. Their last loss came against USC, 4-3. The Bruins are led by freshman Riza Zalameda, ranked No. 24 in singles. UCLA also has two other players ranked in singles along with two ranked doubles pairs. Head coach Stella Sampras Webster returns for her 11th year at UCLA. The team returns seven players and adds five freshmen.
Against Southern California: This is the 44th all-time meeting between the Women of Troy and Wildcats. USC leads the series 28-15. The Women of Troy swept the Wildcats last year, taking the most recent meeting in a 6-1 decision. Arizona’s most recent win in the series came in 1998.
Scouting the Women of Troy: Southern California is 9-2 so far this season. Its only two losses of the season came at Stanford and California. The Women of Troy have won their last four straight. USC is led by freshman Sarah Fansler, ranked No. 15 in singles. The Women of Troy have two other players ranked in singles and three pairs ranked in doubles. Head coach Richard Gallien enters his 12th season at Southern California. The team returns eight players and adds four.
Double Trouble: Arizona has won the doubles point in eight of its 12 matches so far this season. The Wildcats are 7-1 when winning the point and 0-4 when their opponents take the point.
Ranked Rivals: The Wildcats have played their last 10 of 11 matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked Northern Arizona. A total of four of Arizona’s six remaining opponents are ranked in the ITA poll.
Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats moved up four spots in the poll this week to No. 32. Danielle Steinberg also moved into the individual rankings last week at No. 110. With a 7-0 record, Juliette Mavroleon and Katie Orletsky are ranked at No. 45 in doubles.
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. 2. California and Southern California are close behind at No. 5 and No. 11, respectively. Oregon (20), Arizona State (No. 21) and UCLA (No. 22) round out the top 25, while No. 32 Arizona and No. 42 Washington State 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 Stanford’s Celia Durkin and Jessica Nguyen are No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 3 in doubles and Arizona State’s Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke pair up at No. 6.
Next Week: Arizona will return home to host Cornell and in-state rival Arizona State. The Wildcats will face the Big Red at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, and will take on the Sun Devils at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Both matches will be held at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.