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,
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.
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,
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,
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.