Arizona Women Set to Compete at Ojai

April 23, 2008

Cats travel to Ojai, Calif. for Pac-10 Championships

Date: April 24 - April 27

Location: Ojai, Calif.

Time: All day

Match Data: Arizona heads to Ojai, Calif. to cap off season with the Pac-10 Championships.

In The Rankings: Danielle Steinberg comes into the Championships ranked at No. 33 overall in singles. Arizona as a team is unranked.

Pac-10 Championships: The Pac-10 championships will again be the featured event at this year's 108th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, which attracts 1600 of the best college, junior and open players from the Western states. The annual event, started by William Thacher in 1896, has been played at the same site, and interrupted only five times.

Past Winners: This combination of genteel hospitality and community spirit has played host to many of the great tennis players of this century, including: Bill Tilden, Ellsworth Vines, Helen Wills Moody, Tony Trabert, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer, Louise Brough, Maureen Connolly, Gussie Moran, Arthur Ashe, Billy Jean King, Pancho Gonzales, Alex Olmedo, Stan Smith, Jimmy Connors. Michael Chang, Lindsay Davenport, Pete Sampras, Rick Leach, Taylor Dent and the Bryan twins. May Sutton Bundy, who won 18 Ojai titles between 1902 and 1928, was the first American to win at Wimbledon. Local favorites Mike and Bob Bryan have won multiple Grand Slam titles together, and are currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race

The Championships on TV: As part of its affiliation with the Pac-10, FOX Sports Net will again broadcast coverage of this year's competition from Libbey Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, 2008.

Head Coach Vicky Maes: Vicky Maes enters her seventh year as the head women’s tennis coach. One of the greatest players in Arizona women's tennis history, Maes has been at the University of Arizona since 1994. She got her start as a student-athlete, then continued on as a coordinator for the model Life Skills Program and has served as the head coach of the women’s tennis team since October 2001. As a student-athlete, Maes was the squad's No. 1 singles and doubles player throughout her entire career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1996, as well as being tabbed a four-time first team All-Pac-10 selection.

Returnees: The Cats will be led in 2008 by their three returning players, Danielle Steinberg, Katie Orletsky and Natalia Toporowska. Their play will be paramount to the success of the team. Also the new players on the team will look to them for support during competitive matches.

Recapping last year: Last year Arizona finished with an overall record of 13-9 and finished ranked No. 42 in the ITA Rankings. In Pac-10 play, the Cats had a 3-10 record. Individually they were led by sophomore Danielle Steinberg. Steinberg who was ranked as high as No. 34.

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Danielle Steinberg was named as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4 -10. She went undefeated over the weekend to garner this award.

Last Time Out: The Cats lost to in state rival Arizona State last Saturday 6-1 to fall to 7-17. Danielle Steinberg picked up the win for Arizona over Nadia Abdala.

Fall Action: Arizona competed in six fall events and seemed to find a lot of success in doubles action. Junior Danielle Steinberg had a record of 5-2 while playing in two events to lead the Cats. Sophomore Natalia Toporowska also had a strong fall showing, going 7-4 in singles and 2-2 in doubles play.

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