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20070424 Women?s Tennis Heads to Pac-10 Championships
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Release: 04/24/2007
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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This Week for the Wildcats: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> women&rsquo;s tennis team (9-13, 3-5) hits the road again this weekend for the Pacific-10 Championships in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Ojai</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, from April 26-29. <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743520"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743520">Katie Orletsky</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386">Natalia Toporowska</A></A> will represent <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> in singles. Mavroleon and Steinberg along with Orletsky and Toporowska will compete in doubles.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last week: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats ended the season dropping six of their last seven.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> fell to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> 6-1 in its season closer.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> continued to build momentum going into the Pac-10 tournament with her win at the No. 1 spot. Steinberg took down Sabrina Capannolo in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Championships: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Pac-10&rsquo;s nine teams compete in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Ojai</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, this Thursday-Sunday, April 26-29, to decide the league&rsquo;s singles and doubles champions. The 32-player singles draw shall consist of three players from each of the nine schools that sponsor women's tennis, with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches, based upon the participant&rsquo;s record. The 16-team doubles draw will have one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee, based upon the participant&rsquo;s record.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ojai History: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">The Pac-10 championships will again be the featured event at this year&rsquo;s 107th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, which attracts 1600 of the best college, junior and open players from the Western states. The annual event, started by William Thacher in 1896, has been played at the same site, and interrupted only five times. If this tournament, run entirely by volunteer effort on public and privately owned courts, seems an unlikely place to see championship quality players, consider who has appeared here: Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Rick Leach, Tracy Austin, Billy Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors and the <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bryan</st1:place></st1:City> twins. These tennis greats are among more than 85 former players at The Ojai who have gone on to win one or more Grand Slam events as professional tennis players, all of whom are listed on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Libbey</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Park</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>&rsquo;s &ldquo;Wall of Fame.&rdquo; </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Championship medals are awarded both in singles and doubles and the winner&rsquo;s names are inscribed on permanent trophies displayed each year at the tournament. Last year&rsquo;s singles winner was <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Suzi Fodor, while Stanford&rsquo;s Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey won the doubles title.<SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P></DIV> <DIV class=Section2> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Giant Killers: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sophomore <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> and junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A> both had huge upsets in consecutive match ups against first <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place> and then UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg, ranked 91<SUP>st</SUP> at the time, defeated USC&rsquo;s 10<SUP>th</SUP>-ranked Lindsey Nelson in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(4).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The next day against UCLA, Steinberg was able to avenge a loss earlier in the season to No. 22 Riza Zalameda.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg again got the upset in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Against USC, an unranked Mavroleon took down 12<SUP>th</SUP>-ranked Sarah Fansler in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mavroleon kept the momentum rolling the next day as she handedly defeated UCLA&rsquo;s 49<SUP>th</SUP>-ranked Tracy Lin, 6-2, 6-4.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P></DIV> <DIV class=Section3> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 POW: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sophomore <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> was named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for Apr. 2-8.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg posted back-to-back upsets over two of the Pac-10's top players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg beat USC&rsquo;s tenth-ranked Lindsey Nelson and UCLA&rsquo;s 22<SUP>nd</SUP>-ranked Riza Zalameda, both in straight sets.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the first award for Steinberg and the first ever Player of the Week honor for the Wildcats in women&rsquo;s tennis.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P></DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Double Trouble: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has won the doubles point in 10 of its 22 matches so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats are 9-1 when winning the point and 0-12 when their opponents take the point.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ranked Rivals: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have played their last 19 of 20 matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked <st1:place w:st="on">Northern Arizona</st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Wildcats in the Rankings: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats fell one spot in poll to No. 41 this week.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Despite extending her winning streak to four straight, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> dropped two spots to No. 42.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A> fell one spot to No. 77.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Fall Action: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> found most of its success in doubles during the fall season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769">Kasia Jakowlew</A></A> earned a 7-2 record in doubles while paired with <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959">Camelia Todorova</A></A> (3-1) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386">Natalia Toporowska</A></A> (4-1).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> went 3-0 in doubles action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg had the most success in singles play during the fall finishing at 5-3. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Elite: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has face tough competition since entering the Pac-10 season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Eight of the nine conference teams are ranked in the ITA poll including five in the top 25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Stanford leads the way at No. 1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Southern California and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State></st1:place> are close behind at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA (No. 11) and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (No. 19) round out the top 25, while No. 40 Oregon, No. 42 Arizona and No. 50 Washington State are all also ranked. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Three singles players and one doubles pair from the Pac-10 are in the top 10 of their respective polls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>&rsquo;s Susie Babos is ranked No. 4, while <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place>&rsquo;s Lindsey Nelson and Sarah Fansler are No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Another seven players from the conference rank in the top 25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 3 in doubles.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Next Week: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will wait to hear if they have been selected for the 2007 NCAA tournament. The 2007 NCAA Division I women&rsquo;s selection announcements will take place on Wednesday, May 2 on ESPNEWS. The announcement will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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