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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/27/2008
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Match 18: Arizona 7-10 vs. No. 7 California 11-3 ?

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Date: ?Friday, March 28, 2008

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Time: ?1:30 p.m. PST

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Location: ?LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, Tucson, Ariz.?

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Match Data: ?Arizona opens Pac-10 play as they host the No. 7 California Golden Bears beginning at 1:30 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

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In The Rankings: ? The Cats are unranked for the second consecutive week. Individually, Danielle Steinberg is currently rated as No. 62 in the country. The next rankings are due out April 2.

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Head Coach Vicky Maes: ?Vicky Maes enters her seventh year as the head womenˇ?s tennis coach. One of the greatest players in Arizona women's tennis history, Maes has been at the University of Arizona since 1994. She got her start as a student-athlete, then continued on as a coordinator for the model Life Skills Program and has served as the head coach of the womenˇ?s tennis team since October 2001.? As a student-athlete, Maes was the squad's No. 1 singles and doubles player throughout her entire career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1996, as well as being tabbed a four-time first team All-Pac-10 selection.?? A native of Belgium, Maes has brought great success in her first six seasons at the helm of the program. The Wildcats have recorded a solid record against teams that are continuously ranked among the top in the nation. In addition, Maes led the Wildcats to team and/or individual postseason competition each year, won the 2003 Pac-10 Championships for the first time since 1994, and produced several first team All-Americans and All-Pac-10 players.

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Returnees: ?The Cats will be led in 2008 by their three returning players, Danielle Steinberg, Katie Orletsky and Natalia Toporowska. Their play will be paramount to the success of the team.? Also the new players on the team will look to them for support during competitive matches.

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Welcoming newcomers: ?The Cats will also depend on a lot of new faces as they will have five newcomers joining the team.? One newbie, freshman Jane Huh, will look to the experience she gained during a busy fall schedule as she battles conference foes.

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Recapping last year: ?Last year Arizona finished with an overall record of 13-9 and finished ranked No. 42 in the ITA Rankings. In Pac-10 play, the Cats had a 3-10 record.? Individually they were led by sophomore Danielle Steinberg. Steinberg who was ranked as high as No. 34.

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Pac-10 Player of the Week: ?Danielle Steinberg was named as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4 -10. She went undefeated over the weekend to garner this award, not losing a singles or doubles match!

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Last Time Out: ?The?Cats were defeated last weekend 7-0 by the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz. The Cats have now lost four straight.

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Early Home Schedule: ?The Cats begin their season with 13 home games at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. They will look to use this to get out to a fast start and offset the eight road games they have in March and April.?

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Fall Action: ?Arizona competed in six fall events and seemed to find a lot of success in doubles action.? Junior Danielle Steinberg had a record of 5-2 while playing in two events to lead the Cats. Sophomore Natalia Toporowska also had a strong fall showing, going 7-4 in singles and 2-2 in doubles play.

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Next Up:? ?Arizona will play the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

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