Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Tennis Faces No. 8 California, No. 1 Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 01, 2006
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This Week for the Wildcats: No. 48 Arizona (9-2) goes on the road this week to play No. 8 California (8-3) and No. 1 Stanford (11-0). The Wildcats face the Bears at noon. (PST) on Friday, March 3, before taking on the Cardinal at 1:30 p.m. (PST) Saturday, March 4.


Last Time Out: Last weekend, Arizona lost both of its Pac-10 home matches. On Friday, the Wildcats fell 7-0 to No. 11 UCLA. The following day, Arizona was overcome by No. 4 USC, 6-1.  The losses were the first two for Arizona this season.


Against California: Arizona will face California on Friday for its annual Pac-10 play. Last season, Arizona fell to California in Berkeley, 1-6. Arizona holds a all time record of 9-31 against California.


Scouting the Bears: The No. 9 Bears are 8-3 on the season, with losses coming at the hands of ranked teams (No. 4 USC and No. 11 UCLA). The Bears have five individually ranked players, including No. 3 Zsuzsanna Fodor, who plays their No. 1 spot, and No. 25 Suzi Bamos, who plays in the No. 2 slot. Fodor is 9-2 in singles and has only fallen to top ranked players. Arizona has not won against Cal since 2003, when it won 4-3. Head coach Jan Brogan returns for her 28th season, leading the Bears to a 14-9 record last year. Brogan has guided the Bears to 24 NCAA appearances, three AIAW showings (including a trip to the finals in 1982), and 18 Top 10 finishes since 1982. Brogan has also produced four national champion doubles teams, currently holds a 501-205 (.709) dual-match record and notched her 500th career win last spring when Cal defeated Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Brogan is just the fourth Cal coach to reach the 500-win plateau.


Against Stanford: Arizona and will face Stanford on Saturday for its annual Pac- 10 play. Last season, Arizona fell to Stanford in Palo Alto, 1-6.  In 45 meetings Arizona has won only once, on February 21, 1987. 


Scouting the Cardinal: No. 1 Stanford currently remains undefeated this season. The Cardinal has seven ranked players, including No. 8 Alice Barnes, who plays in the No. 2 position, and No. 9 Amber Liu, who plays Stanford’s number one slot. The last time the Wildcats beat the Cardinal was in 1987, when they won 5-4. Head coach Lele Forood returns for her sixth season, leading the Cardinal to a 24-0 record last year. Last season, she won her fourth NCAA women’s tennis team title in five years and the 14th NCAA Championship in school history.


The Doubles Point: In seven of its 11 matches this year, Arizona has won the doubles point.  The doubles point is won when a team wins two of the three doubles matches.


Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats fell three spots this week in the rankings to No. 48. Senior Stephanie Balzert (9-5) is ranked at No. 92 in singles.


Fall Action: After finishing the 2005 season with three ranked players, Arizona lost all three to graduation.  Incoming freshman Tina Razloznik earned her place in the lineup when she took the singles title at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational after defeating San Diego State’s fourth-seeded Sisse Nielsen, 6-2, 6-4.


Next Week: The Wildcats return home to face No. 58 Penn on Wednesday, March 8. First serve is at 2 p.m.  The Wildcats then go on the road to play No. 36 Oregon on Friday, March 10.


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