This Week for the Wildcats: No. 48 Arizona (3-3) will open Pac-10 play this weekend at home against the Washington schools. The Wildcats will face No. 56 Washington State at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Arizona will take on Washington at noon on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Last week: The Wildcats bounced back from their three-game losing streak to win a pair in San Diego. Arizona upset No. 46 San Diego State on Friday, 4-3. The Wildcats took the doubles point and three singles matches, including two over ranked players, to get the win. Danielle Steinberg got a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over No. 51 Holly Bagshaw in the No. 1 spot. Juliette Mavroleon got an upset of her own by defeating No. 69 Eliska Krausova, 6-4, 6-2, in the No. 2 position. On Saturday, Arizona beat a second-straight ranked opponent, No. 58 San Diego, 4-3. The Wildcats again took the doubles point and three matches in singles to get the win.
Against Washington State: This is the 13th all-time meeting between the Cougars and Wildcats. Arizona leads the series 11-1. Last season, the Wildcats won the only meeting between the two teams, 5-0, at Washington State.
Scouting the Cougars: Washington State is 8-1 on the season. The Cougars have defeated two ranked teams already this season: No. 30 BYU (5-2) on the road and No. 47 Sacramento State (4-3) at home. Their lone loss came against unranked Nevada at home. The success the team has so far has been in large part to the Cougars dominating singles play in compiling a 42-10 record as a team. Washington State is led by junior Ekaterina Burduli, ranked No. 85 in singles. Head coach Lisa Hart returns for her fourth season at WSU. The team returns eight players and adds one freshman.
Against Washington: This is the 16th all-time meeting between the Huskies and Wildcats. Arizona has the series lead so far, 11-4. Last season, the Wildcats won 5-2 at Washington.
Scouting the Huskies: Washington is winless so far this season going 0-4. It has lost all four of those matches to ranked teams: No. 30 BYU, No. 58 Denver, No. 63 Sacramento State and No. 22 Michigan. The Huskies No. 1 singles player, Mathilde Cor, has missed the team’s last two matches due to an illness, while two other players are also currently not in action. Head coach Jill Hultquist enters her first season at Washington. Hultquist was an assistant coach with Huskies from 1997 to 2002. The team returns five players and adds four freshmen.
Ranked Rivals: The Wildcats have played five straight matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked Northern Arizona. A total of 10 of Arizona’s 12 remaining opponents are ranked in the ITA poll.