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Women?s Tennis Competes in First Tournament of Fall Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 24, 2006
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PHILADELPHIA ?- The Arizona women’s tennis team participated in the Cissie Leary tournament this weekend, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.  Competing for the Wildcats was junior Juliette Mavroleon, sophomore Tina Razloznik and freshman newcomer Natalia Toporowska.


“This is a really good tournament for the girls to get some experience in match play,” head coach Vicky Maes said.  “We got a lot of singles practice in which always helps.”


Due to her No. 1 seed in the tournament, Mavroleon earned a bye for the first round on Friday.  In the second round she faced Alex Seaton of Minnesota and beat her 6-2, 6-2.  Saturday Mavroleon took on Blakely Ashley of Princeton, beating her 7-5, 6-3. 


With the victory, she advanced to the quarter final match up today where she faced host team Penn’s Lauren Sadaka, and won 3-6, 6-2, 10-2. 


Competing in the semifinals, Mavroleon faced No. 3 seeded Milena Kachar of Columbia and lost 7-6(3), 7-6(3).  Kachar would later lose to tournament champion, Lena Litvak of Harvard 6-1, 6-2.


“It was nice to see Juliette string together a couple of wins,” said Maes. 


In the first round, Razloznik was defeated by Princeton’s Sarah Huah 6-0, 6-1. 


Making her collegiate debut, Toporowska defeated Penn’s Jackie Wong 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.  Saturday Toporowska faced Elizabeth Brook of Harvard and beat her 5-1, ret.  She would later lose to Melissa Saiontz (Princeton) 6-2, 6-1.  Saiontz went on to lose to Litvak in the semifinals 7-5, 1-6, 4-10.


“This was a great opportunity for me to see Natalia play at this level and it gives me a better idea of where she is at and what we need to work on,” Maes explained. 


Earning the No.1 doubles seed, Mavroleon and Toporowska defeated Suda and Shearer 8-6.  The next round the Wildcat tandem was defeated by Harvard’s Peterzan and Mukundan 8-1. 


In the consolation round Razloznik defeated Varnay (Columbia) 7-6(3), 3-6, 10-5, while Toporowska won her consolation match 7-6(5), 2-6, 11-9.


Next up for the Arizona women’s tennis team is the Nike Invitational, hosted by California.  The Cats hit the courts Friday Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2006.


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