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    Women’s tennis underdog this weekend

    A tough weekend presents itself to the Arizona women’s tennis team as it prepares to battle two top-10 teams.

    The Wildcats will face No. 6 Stanford today at 1:30 p.m. and No. 8 California tomorrow at noon in the Bay Area.

    Stanford and California each have six singles and two doubles pairs that are nationally ranked. Stanford’s top player is No. 12 Jessica Nguyen and California’s is No. 15 Susie Babos.

    The Wildcats have one ranked singles player, but they don’t seem to be phased by the player rankings.

    “”The teams are obviously really good,”” said sophomore Natalia Toporowska, “”but to me, that just means we have nothing to lose.””

    Similar to the Wildcats’ attitude going into the USC and UCLA matches, they see the stiff weekend as a way to let loose.

    “”All of the pressure is really on their shoulders,”” said team captain Danielle Steinberg. “”We’re going to go out there, have fun, and enjoy ourselves.””

    Steinberg said she loves to compete against the best players in the country because she gets pumped up in a physically and mentally challenging match.

    Despite the relaxed approach the squad has, it remains focused.

    “”I think this weekend we just want to work together so we become stronger as a team,”” said sophomore Katie Orletsky. “”It’s going to be tough, but our conference is really strong. What we also need to focus on is keeping our confidence up and believing in each other.””

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