Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Tennis Opens Pac-10 Play at Home
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 13, 2007
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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.


Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats moved up four spots in the poll this week to No. 48.  Arizona has two pairs ranked at doubles.  Danielle Steinberg and Juliette Mavroleon are ranked at No. 40, while Kasia Jakowlew and Camelia Todorova follow closely behind at No. 43.


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 five in the top 25.  Stanford leads the way at No. 1 and Southern California is close behind at No. 5. California (No. 9), UCLA (No. 15) and Arizona State (No. 24) round out the top 25, while No. 45 Oregon, No. 48 Arizona and No. 56 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. 3, while Stanford’s Jessica Nguyen is No. 8 and Southern California’s Sarah Fansler is No. 9.  Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 2 in doubles and Arizona State’s Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke pair up at No. 8.


Next Week: Arizona will remain at home to face the Northern California schools in non-conference play.  The Wildcats will face California at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, and will take on Stanford at noon on Saturday, Feb. 24. 

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