Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Tennis Heads to San Diego
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 06, 2007
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This Week for the Wildcats: No. 52 Arizona (1-3) will head to California to play No. 46 San Diego State (3-2) and No. 58 San Diego (2-2).  The Wildcats will face the Aztecs at 2 p.m. (PST) on Friday, Feb. 9.  Arizona will take on the Toreros at 10 a.m. (PST) on Saturday, Feb. 10. 


Last week: The Wildcats suffered their third consecutive loss of the season against No. 23 Fresno State, 4-3.  Arizona took the doubles point by winning at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots.  The Bulldogs were able to take the momentum in singles and win four straight to take the match.  With the match decided, Juliette Mavroleon was able to come back to defeat No. 49 Ranta Kucerkova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 2 position.  On court six, Camelia Todorova took down Bruno Paes, 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.


Against San Diego State: This is the sixth series meeting between the Aztecs and Wildcats. Arizona leads the series 4-1. The last meeting between the two teams was in 2002 when the Wildcats won 4-3.


Scouting the Aztecs:  San Diego State is 3-2 on the season.  The Aztecs have defeated Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside and Hawai’i. Their losses have come against California and UC Irvine.  San Diego State is led by sophomore Holly Bagshaw, ranked No. 51 in singles and junior Eliska Krausova, No. 69.  Head Coach Peter Mattera returns for his 14th season at SDSU. Mattera has led the Aztecs to 10 conference championships and nine births in the NCAA tournament.  The team returns seven players and adds two freshmen.


Against San Diego: This is the 11th series meeting between the Toreros and Wildcats. Arizona has swept the series so far going 10-0.  In 2005, the Wildcats won 7-0 at home.


Scouting the Toreros:  San Diego is 2-2 on the season.  It has defeated Hawai’i and Cal State Fullerton while falling to USC and Cal.  The Toreros are led by junior transfer Monica Wiesener, who plays at both No. 1 singles and doubles.  Head coach Sherri Stephens returns for her 23rd season at San Diego. Stevens played at the University of Arizona in the late 1970s. She also began her coaching career as an assistant coach for the Wildcats.  The team returns three players and adds four freshmen.


Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats fell three spots in the poll this week to No. 52.  Arizona has two pairs ranked at doubles.  Danielle Steinberg and Juliette Mavroleon are ranked at No. 40, while Kasia Jakowlew and Camelia Todorova follow closely behind at No. 43.


Fall Action: Arizona found most of its success in doubles during the fall season.  Kasia Jakowlew earned

a 7-2 record in doubles while paired with Camelia Todorova (3-1) and Natalia Toporowska (4-1).  Juliette Mavroleon and Danielle Steinberg went 3-0 in doubles action.  Steinberg had the most success in singles play during the fall finishing at 5-3.


Pac-10 Elite:  Arizona will face stiff competition when it begins the Pac-10 season.  Eight of the nine conference teams are ranked in the ITA poll including five in the top 25.  Stanford leads the way at No. 2 and Southern California is close behind at No. 5. California (No. 9), UCLA (No. 15) and Arizona State (No. 22) round out the top 25, while No. 48 Oregon, No. 52 Arizona and No. 65 Washington State are all also ranked.  Three singles players and two doubles pairs from the Pac-10 are in the top 10 of their respective polls.  California’s Susie Babos is ranked No. 3, while Stanford’s Jessica Nguyen is No. 8 and Southern California’s Sarah Fansler is No. 9.  Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 2 in doubles and Arizona State’s Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke pair up at No. 8.


Next Week: Arizona will return home to kick off Pac-10 play against the Washington schools.  The Wildcats will face Washington State at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.  Arizona will take on the Washington at noon on Saturday, Feb. 17. 
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