Husky Women Host Arizona Schools This Week

April 4, 2006

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Pac-10 foes Arizona and Arizona State make their first visit to Seattle in two years this weekend to face the Husky women's tennis team. If the weather holds out, the Huskies will make their first outdoor appearance this year on the Bill Quillian Stadium courts. Washington (2-13, 0-5) plays the 32nd-ranked Wildcats on Friday, April 7, then squares off against the 16th-ranked Sun Devils on Saturday, April 8. Both matches are at 12 p.m.

The Wildcats are 10-8 on the season and 1-2 in Pac-10 play. Arizona scored a 4-3 win against Oregon in their first conference match, then lost to USC and UCLA this past weekend. Senior Stephanie Balzert is unranked but plays No. 1 singles for Arizona. U of A resembles the Huskies in that a pair of underclassmen play important roles in the singles line-up. Freshman Danielle Steinberg is the highest ranked Wildcat in singles at No. 48 and has played No. 2 of late, followed by sophomore Juliette Mavroleon who's ranked 61st and plays No. 3. Mavroleon has a 13-4 singles record. Last year, the Huskies pulled out a 4-3 win over the Wildcats, losing doubles but winning four singles matches for their fourth win ever against Arizona.

The 16th-ranked Sun Devils have been one of the surprises in the Pac-10 and the nation this year. In their first match of the season, they routed then-third-ranked Texas, 6-1. ASU has also beaten then-14th-ranked Wake Forest and the rival Arizona Wildcats when Arizona was No. 25. Overall the Sun Devils are 10-6, with all losses coming to Pac-10 opponents, four being non-conference duals which accounts for ASU's current 1-2 conference record. They lost their past two matches, 6-1 to UCLA and 5-2 to USC. Four juniors take up the first four singles spots for ASU, led by 116th-ranked Sabrina Capannolo at No. 1. Roxanne Clarke plays No. 2 and is ranked 59th. Kady Pooler and Rebecca Ranking play third and fourth singles, respectively. Clarke and Pooler are 43rd in the latest doubles rankings. The Sun Devils claimed a 5-2 decision over the Huskies in Tempe last year and lead the all-time series, 16-5-1.

The Huskies were shut out in a pair of matches during a weekend swing through the state of Texas last weekend. In the first match, Washington was reunited with their former head coach Patty McCain, who left the Huskies for the University of Texas over the summer. McCain got the better of her former squad, as the 15th-ranked Longhorns swept Washington, 7-0. Dinka Hadzic and Victoria Brymer each were within a few points of posting upset wins for the Huskies, but both fell in third set super-tiebreaks. The following day, Washington traveled to Fort Worth to take on the Horned Frogs of TCU. Brymer again played the toughest match, losing in another third set super-tiebreak, 10-8, to 93rd-ranked Anna Sydorska. Despite the losses, the Huskies were buoyed by the return of sophomore Allison Rainey, out since early February with a stress fracture in her left foot. Rainey played No. 3 doubles on the weekend with Melinda Wong, but has yet to return to singles action. The Huskies defaulted at sixth singles in both duals over the weekend.

UP NEXT: The Huskies play their final two home matches of the season next week. Friday April 14, the UW hosts South Alabama at 5:30 p.m. Then on Sunday April 16, in the home finale for seniors Dinka Hadzic and Stephanie Svanfeldt, the Huskies take on Sacramento State at 12 p.m. Both matches will be at Bill Quilliam Stadium, weather permitting.