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20070130 Women?s Tennis Takes on Fresno State at Home
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Release: 01/30/2007
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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This Week for the Wildcats: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">No. 49 Arizona (1-2) will return home to face No. 23 Fresno State (1-0).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats and Bulldogs will square off at noon on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">LaNelle</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Robson</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tennis</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last week: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season to No. 56 Colorado, 6-1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In singles, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769">Kasia Jakowlew</A></A> earned <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> its only point of the match at the No. 3 spot. Jakowlew defeated Veera Nurmi 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> dropped its second straight match the next day at No. 58 Denver, 5-2.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats again earned their only points in singles with <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=181099"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181099">Tina Razloznik</A></A> winning to give <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> two points. Mavroleon defeated Julia Bauregger, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot. Razloznik, in the No. 5 position, beat Kyla Iwinski, 6-0, 6-2.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This is the fifth series meeting between the Bulldogs and Wildcats. The series is even at two apiece.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Last season, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> defeated <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on the road, 4-3.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting the Bulldogs: <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Fresno</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> has only competed in one match this season due to rain outs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Bulldogs defeated <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Nevada</st1:place></st1:State>, 6-1, in their home opener.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They are led by sophomore Melanie Gloria, ranked No. 4 in singles, and freshman Renata Kucerkova, ranked No. 49.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Head coach Simon Thibodeau returns for his fourth season at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Fresno</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. Thibodeau has led the Bulldogs to three consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Thibodeau served as an assistant coach at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> from 2000 to 2003 before joining the Bulldogs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team returns eight players and adds three freshmen. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Wildcats in the Rankings: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats fell 15 spots in the poll this week to No. 49.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has two pairs ranked at doubles.<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> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181091">Juliette Mavroleon</A></A> are ranked at No. 40, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=48769">Kasia Jakowlew</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=75959">Camelia Todorova</A></A> follow closely behind at No. 43.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Fall Action: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="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></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Elite: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="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 five in the top 25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Stanford leads the way at No. 1 and <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place> is close behind at No. 3. <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> (No. 11), UCLA (No. 14) and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (No. 24) round out the top 25, while No. 39 Oregon, No. 49 Arizona and No. 56 Washington 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 </SPAN></FONT><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><FONT size=2>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. 3, while Stanford&rsquo;s Jessica Nguyen is No. 8 and <st1:place w:st="on">Southern California</st1:place>&rsquo;s Sarah Fansler is No. 9.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 2 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. 8.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P></DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Next Week: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> heads to <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> to face <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">San Diego</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">San Diego</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will face the Aztecs at 2 p.m. (PST) on Friday, Feb. 9.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> will take on the Toreros at 10 a.m. (PST) on Saturday, Feb. 10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
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