Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Take On Devils
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 23, 2006
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This Week for the Wildcats: The No. 35 Arizona women’s tennis (12-10, 3-4) closes out the regular season at home against in-state rival No. 25 Arizona State (12-8, 3-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22.


Last Time Out: Arizona fell to No. 1 Stanford 4-1 on Friday. On Saturday, the Wildcats were defeated by No. 11 Cal, 6-1.

Against ASU: In the all-time series, ASU holds a 34-14 edge over the Wildcats. The last time the Wildcats beat the Devils was in 2004, winning 4-3.  Arizona fell in Tempe, 5-2, on March 25.

Scouting the Devils: The No. 25 Devils are 12-8 on the season and 3-4 in the Pac-10, with all of their losses coming at the hands of ranked schools (No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 USC, No. 6 California and No. 15 UCLA). The Sun Devils have two ranked players, No. 120 Sabrina Capannolo who plays No. 1 singles, and No. 74 Roxanne Clarke who plays either No. 2 or No. 3. Head coach Sheila McInerney is in her 22nd season, after leading the Sun Devils to an 11-8 record last year, including their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. McInerney has also led the Sun Devils to 18 NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and eight quarterfinal appearances in her tenure. She has made the NCAA Tournament in 20 of her 21 seasons.


The Doubles Point: In 11 of its 22 matches this year, Arizona has won the doubles point.  The doubles point is won when a team wins two of the three doubles matches.


Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats dropped five spots this week in the rankings to No. 35.


Wildcats in the Spotlight: Only a freshman No. 38 Danielle Steinberg leads the team with the best singles record at 14-5, with all five losses coming at the hands of ranked players. This past weekend she defeated California’s No. 8 Zsuzanna Fodor. She was also up 4-1 in the second set against Stanford’s No. 17 Amber Liu, when the match was decided 4-1. Two other big wins for Steinberg were against Fresno State’s No. 21 Melanie Gloria and USC’s No. 47 Luana Magnani.


Sophomore Juliette Mavroleon is ranked No. 68 this week.


Fall Action: After finishing the 2005 season with three ranked players, Arizona lost all three to graduation.  Incoming freshman Tina Razloznik earned her place in the lineup when she took the singles title at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational after defeating San Diego State’s fourth-seeded Sisse Nielsen, 6-2, 6-4.


Next Week: Arizona travels next week to Ojai, Calif., to begin Pac-10 play.

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