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20070327 Women?s Tennis Faces Two Top 10 Teams on the Road
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Release: 03/27/2007
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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This Week for the Wildcats: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The No. 42 Arizona women&rsquo;s tennis team will head to northern <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> to face No. 1 Stanford and No. 6 California in Pac-10 play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will face the Cardinal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and will take on the Golden Bears at noon on Saturday, March 31.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last week: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats took down Cornell, 6-1, despite numerous rain delays.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> claimed the doubles point with a score of 2-1 and went on to win five of the six singles matches.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The highlight for the Wildcats was the return of senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48773"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48773">Jessie Rochefort</A></A> to the lineup.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Rochefort made her first appearance, a winning one at that, in a match all season after being out with an injury.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The senior paired up with <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A> to get a win in the third doubles spot, securing the doubles point for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On Saturday, the Wildcats struggled against in-state rival <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Sun Devils claimed the match with a 6-1 decision, extending their winning streak to five-straight over <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A>&rsquo;s upset win over No. 63 Sabrina Capannolo in the No. 1 spot gave the Wildcats their only point.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against Stanford: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This is the 49<SUP>th</SUP> all-time meeting between the Cardinal and Wildcats. Stanford leads the series 1-47.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> dropped the two teams&rsquo; meeting early this season at home, 6-1.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting the Cardinal: <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Stanford is 12-1, 1-0 in the Pac-10 so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Its only loss of the season came at the ITA National Team Indoors against No. 6 Georgia Tech.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cardinal has won nine in a row since losing that match. Stanford features six players in the ITA singles rankings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Celia Durkin leads the way at No. 10 with senior Theresa Logar (No. 11) and sophomore Jessica Nguyen (No. 14) following close behind.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cardinal also has two pairs ranked in doubles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Lele Forood enters her seventh season at Stanford.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team returns seven players and adds one freshman.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This is the 44<SUP>th</SUP> all-time meeting between the Bears and Wildcats. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> leads the series 34-9. Early this season the Bears took down the Wildcats 6-1 in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting the Golden Bears:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">California</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is 15-3, 1-0 in the Pac-10 on the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Bears are currently riding a seven-match winning streak including a recent 6-1 win over No. 9 Northwestern. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> is led by junior Susie Babos, senior Zsuzsanna Fodor and freshman Nina Henkel.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Babos is ranked No. 4 is singles while Fodor is the 13<SUP>th</SUP>-ranked player and Henkel is 17<SUP>th</SUP>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two other Bears are also ranked in singles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In doubles, Babos and Fodor are ranked third as a pair and two other pairs make the top 60.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Jan Brogran returns for her 29<SUP>th</SUP> at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team returns seven players and adds two freshmen.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P></DIV><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><BR style="PAGE-BREAK-BEFORE: always; mso-break-type: section-break" clear=all></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Double Trouble: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has won the doubles point in nine of its 16 matches so far this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats are 8-1 when winning the point and 0-7 when their opponents take the point.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ranked Rivals: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have played their last 14 of 15 matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked <st1:place w:st="on">Northern Arizona</st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All six of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s remaining opponents are ranked in the top 25 of the ITA poll.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Wildcats in the Rankings: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats fell six spots in the poll this week to No. 42.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> remains at No. 107 in the individual rankings.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Fall Action: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> found most of its success in doubles during the fall season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769">Kasia Jakowlew</A></A> earned a 7-2 record in doubles while paired with <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959">Camelia Todorova</A></A> (3-1) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=561386">Natalia Toporowska</A></A> (4-1).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181096">Danielle Steinberg</A></A> went 3-0 in doubles action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Steinberg had the most success in singles play during the fall finishing at 5-3. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Elite: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will face stiff competition when it begins the Pac-10 season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Eight of the nine conference teams are ranked in the ITA poll including six in the top 25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Stanford leads the way at No. 1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Southern California and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> are close behind at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA (No. 11), <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> (No. 19) and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> (No. 24) round out the top 25, while No. 39 Washington State and No. 42 Arizona are all also ranked. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Three singles players and two doubles pairs from the Pac-10 are in the top 10 of their respective polls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>&rsquo;s Susie Babos is ranked No. 4, while <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place>&rsquo;s Lindsey Nelson and Stanford&rsquo;s Celia Durkin are No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 3 in doubles and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>&rsquo;s Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke pair up at No. 9.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Next Week: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will host <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place> and UCLA in Pac-10 play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will face the Women of Troy at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and will take on the Bruins at noon on Saturday, April 7.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P>
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