This Week for the Wildcats: The No. 44 Arizona women’s tennis team will host No. 36 Oregon in its final home stand this season. The Wildcats and Ducks will face off at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13. The match will be held at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Last week: The Wildcats struggled against another two top 10 teams at home this past weekend. Arizona fell to No. 7 Southern California on Friday, 5-2. On Saturday, the Wildcats again lost 5-2 this time to No. 10 UCLA. In both matches, Danielle Steinberg and Juliette Mavroleon provided the points for the Wildcats with their upsets of highly ranked players in singles.
Against Oregon: This is the 12th all-time meeting between the Ducks and Wildcats. Arizona leads the series 8-4. The Wildcats won last season in Eugene, Ore. 4-3. Prior to that win Oregon had taken three straight.
Scouting the Ducks: Oregon is 11-7, 2-5 in the Pac-10 so far this season. The Ducks have dropped three of their last four. Oregon is led by senior Dominika Dieskova. The Ducks do not have any players ranked in doubles or singles. Head coach Paul Reber enters his first season at Oregon. The team returns seven players.
Giant Killers: Sophomore Danielle Steinberg and junior Juliette Mavroleon both had huge upsets in consecutive match ups against first Southern California and then UCLA. Steinberg, ranked 91st at the time, defeated USC’s 10th-ranked Lindsey Nelson in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(4). The next day against UCLA, Steinberg was able to avenge a loss earlier in the season to No. 22 Riza Zalameda. Steinberg again got the upset in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Against USC, an unranked Mavroleon took down 12th-ranked Sarah Fansler in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Mavroleon kept the momentum rolling the next day as she handidly defeated UCLA’s 49th-ranked Tracy Lin, 6-2, 6-4.
Pac-10 POW: Sophomore Danielle Steinberg was named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for Apr. 2-8. Steinberg posted back-to-back upsets over two of the Pac-10's top players. Steinberg beat USC’s tenth-ranked Lindsey Nelson and UCLA’s 22nd-ranked Riza Zalameda, both in straight sets.
Double Trouble: Arizona has won the doubles point in nine of its 20 matches so far this season. The Wildcats are 8-1 when winning the point and 0-11 when their opponents take the point.
Ranked Rivals: The Wildcats have played their last 17 of 18 matches against ranked opponents since opening the season against unranked Northern Arizona. Arizona still has a match remaining against 22nd-ranked Arizona State to wrap up the regular season.
Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats fell two spots in poll to No. 44 in the poll this week. Danielle Steinberg remained No. 91 in the individual rankings. New individual and doubles rankings will be released next week.
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. Southern California and California are close behind at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. UCLA (No. 13) and Arizona State (No. 22) round out the top 25, while No. 36 Oregon, No. 41 Washington State and No. 44 Arizona are all also ranked. Three singles players and one doubles pair from the Pac-10 are in the top 10 of their respective polls. California’s Susie Babos is ranked No. 4, while Stanford’s Celia Durkin and Southern California’s Lindsey Nelson are No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Another seven players from the conference rank in the top 25. Babos and teammate Zsuzsanna Fodor are No. 2 in doubles.
Next Week: Arizona will wrap up regular season play on the road against in-state rival Arizona State. The Wildcats and Sun Devils will face off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.