This Week for the Wildcats: No. 46 Arizona (5-3, 2-0) will host two Pac-10 teams in non-conference play at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center this weekend. The Wildcats will face No. 7 California at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. Arizona will take on No. 1 Stanford at noon on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Last week: The Wildcats opened Pac-10 play 2-0 with a pair of wins over the Washington schools. Arizona opened conference play on Friday with a 6-1 win over No. 56 Washington State. The Wildcats won the doubles point and then won the first five singles matches to claim the victory. Arizona got its second Pac-10 win over Washington, 5-2. The Wildcats again took the doubles point and took the first two singles matches in straight sets. Washington then came back to take the next two points before Arizona was able to close out and get wins in the No. 1 and No. 4 positions to take the match.
Against California: This is the 43rd all-time meeting between the Bears and Wildcats. California leads the series 33-9. Last season, the Wildcats went 0-2 against California.
Scouting the Golden Bears: California is 6-2 on the season. The Bears are coming off two huge wins over No. 15 UCLA and No. 5 USC. The team’s two losses came in the ITA National Team Indoors. Cal is led by junior Susie Babos and senior Zsuzsanna Fodor. Babos is ranked No. 5 is singles while Fodor is the 14th-ranked player. Nina Henkel and Stephanie Kusano are also ranked in singles. In doubles, Babos and Fodor are ranked fourth as a pair. The Bears have two other pairs making the top 45. Head coach Jan Brogran returns for her 29th at Cal. The team returns seven players and adds two freshmen.
Against Stanford: This is the 48th all-time meeting between the Cardinal and Wildcats. Stanford leads the series 1-46. Arizona dropped two against the Cardinal last season. The Wildcats only win against Stanford came in 1987.
Scouting the Cardinal: Stanford is 5-1 so far this season. Its only loss of the season came at the ITA National Team Indoors against No. 6 Georgia Tech. The Cardinal also swept No. 15 UCLA and No. 5 USC last weekend. Stanford features five players in the ITA singles rankings. Freshman Jessica Nguyen leads the way at No. 4. Celia Durkin, No. 6, and Theresa Logar, No. 12, are also in the top 15. The Cardinal has two pairs ranked in doubles. Head coach Lele Forood enters her seventh season at Stanford. The team returns seven players and adds one freshman.
Double Trouble: Arizona has won the doubles point in six of its eight matches so far this season. The Wildcats are 5-1 when winning the point and 0-2 when their opponents take the point.
Ranked Rivals: The Wildcats have played their last six of seven matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked Northern Arizona. A total of nine of Arizona’s 10 remaining opponents are ranked in the ITA poll.
Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats moved up two spots in the poll this week to No. 46. Arizona’s two pairs ranked in doubles fell out of the rankings.
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. 1. California and Southern California are close behind at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. UCLA (No. 15) and Arizona State (No. 22) round out the top 25, while No. 41 Oregon, No. 46 Arizona and No. 55 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. Stanford’s Jessica Nguyen is ranked No. 3, while California’s Susie Babos is No. 4 and Stanford’s Celia Durkin is No. 5. Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 4 in doubles and Arizona State’s Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke pair up at No. 6.
Next Week: Arizona will remain at home to face Tulsa and New Mexico. The Wildcats will face the Golden Hurricanes at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and will take on the Lobos at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3.