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    Injuries allow only four women to compete

    Arizona junior Kasia Jakowlew returns shots during a match earlier this season at the Robson Tennis Center for the No. 36 Arizona womens tennis teams. Jakowlew is one of just four Wildcats making the trek to Ojai, Calif., today to compete in the Pac-10 Championships.
    Arizona junior Kasia Jakowlew returns shots during a match earlier this season at the Robson Tennis Center for the No. 36 Arizona women’s tennis teams. Jakowlew is one of just four Wildcats making the trek to Ojai, Calif., today to compete in the Pac-10 Championships.

    2006 pac-10 championships

    With a team plagued by injuries, it wasn’t too difficult a task for the No. 36 Arizona women’s tennis coaches to decide who would be traveling to the Pacific 10 Conference Championship today through Sunday in Ojai, Calif.

    “”They’re not injured or have any other reason to stay,”” Arizona head coach Vicky Maes said. “”Either with school or anything else.””

    After losing at home to No. 24 ASU, the Wildcats (12-11, 3-5 Pacific 10 Conference) head to the tournament to turn things around.

    The number of available players stands at just four, with a member from each class representing Arizona, including senior Stephanie Balzert, junior Kasia Jakowlew, sophomore Juliette Mavroleon and freshman Tina Razloznik.

    After last week’s match against the Sun Devils, Arizona assistant coach Brian Ramirez said freshman captain Danielle Steinberg, ranked No. 40 in singles, was recovering from an injury and sophomore Camelia Todorova was sick.

    The Wildcats will face all nine teams they competed against in the regular season, all in the conference except Oregon State, as the Beavers don’t field a team.

    There will be a total of 32 competing in the singles draw competition, as three players are allowed to represent their school to count for singles. A committee chooses the additional five players.

    “”It’s a great tournament,”” Maes said. “”It’s the end of the year, and they are excited. They can’t wait.””

    Tough competition lies ahead for the Wildcats, as there are 27 competitors ranked in the top 125. Mavroleon is included in this prestigious group with her ranking at No. 68.

    For doubles, each team is allowed to bring one duo, which would be the pairing of Mavroleon and Balzert for Arizona. A committee picks seven more pairs to compete.

    Seven of the 16 pairs for doubles are also ranked, providing tough competition.

    Maes said that each woman has her own individual goals entering the tournament, but there are also team goals that were set.

    “”Get a few more wins,”” Maes said, “”and more confidence heading into regionals.””

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