Arizona Women's Tennis Begins Team Competition
Jan. 27, 2004
Starting at Home: The No. 27 Arizona women's tennis team will host three teams this weekend at their home site, the Lanelle Robson Tennis Center. The Wildcats will first take on intrastate oppenent Northern Arizona at 1:30 p.m on Friday, Jan.30. The team will then compete against No. 35 Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2:00 p.m. The Wildcats final opponent of the weekend will be No. 46 San Diego on Sunday, Feb. 1 with a tentative start time of 11:30 a.m.
The Lumberjacks: NAU will bring a young team with one senior, one juniors, two sophomores, and five freshman. The team's lone senior, Karen Kmiec, was one of the team's leaders last season and finished the 2002-2003 season with a 10-18 overall record. The Wildcats did not compete against the Lumberjacks last season. Arizona has dominated NAU in the past with a winning record of 10-0 over the Lumberjacks.
The Sooners: No. 35 Oklahoma will bring four returning players from last year's squad, and have added four freshman. The Sooners greatest threat comes in the nation's No. 3 ranked player, senior Anda Perianu. Perianu finished the fall tournament season with a 12-2 record. The doubles team of Perianu and junior Heather Saluri hold the No. 23 doubles ranking in the nation. The Wildcats have not competed against the Sooners in recent history.
The Toreros: No. 46 San Diego carries a fairly young squad with one senior, two juniors, three sophomores, and two juniors. The Toreros top threat is sophomore Lauren Perl. Perl holds the No. 41 ranking in the country and finished fall tournament play with an 11-4 record. The Wildcats lead the all time series between the two teams with an 8-0 record.
Fall Action: With a record of 12-4, Junior Dianne Hollands came out of Fall tournament play with best overall record for the team. The doubles team of Hollands and Junior Maja Mlakar earned the best double s record of 2-0 for the team.
Playing in the Pac: The Wildcats this season will face the difficult task of competing in a power packed Pacific-10 Conference. The conference includes No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 California, No. 6 Southern California, No. 7 Washington, No. 11 UCLA, and No. 19 Arizona State.
Strength of Schedule: Besides taking on the PAC-10 teams, Arizona will face tough outer conference opponents such in No. 25 Tulane, No. 35 Oklahoma, and No. 46 San Diego.
2003 Fall Review
The Arizona women's tennis team took all eight of their players to Waco, Texas for the tournament hosted by Baylor University. The tournament was broken up into two brackets, a gold bracket and a green bracket. Senior Debbie Larocque and junior Dianne Hollands both competed in the green bracket and had two of the best showings for the Wildcats. Larocque advanced to the semifinals before losing to Texas's Petra Dizdar. Hollands also advanced to the semifinals, but was unable to advance to the finals due to a loss to Kentucky's Aibika Kalsarieva. Junior Maja Mlakar had the best individual showing for the Wildcats. She competed in the gold bracket and did not lose a set in the tournament. She was set to compete in the finals against Tulane's Jenny Kuhn before the tournament was cancelled due to rain. The doubles team of Mlakar and Hollands had advanced to the final round of the green doubles bracket, but also found their match cancelled due to the rain.
Riviera/ ITA Women's All-American Championships
The ITA All-American Championships took place in Pacific Palisades, Calif. As the premier hard-court event of the fall collegiate season, the tournament features the top women in collegiate tennis and players must be selected in order to compete. The Wildcats competed sophomore Iza Ferreira, junior Dianne Hollands, freshman Kasia Jakowlew, senior Debbie Larocque, and junior Maja Mlakar. Ferreira, Jakowlew, and Larocque all competed in the pre-qualifying tournament and lost in first round action. Dianne Hollands began in the qualifying tournament. She won two matches over Harvard's Eva Wang and Stanford's Theresa Logar to advance to the main draw tournament. Hollands then lost in the first round of main draw competition in three sets to Stanford's Alice Barnes. Mlakar began the competition in the main draw tournament and lost in the first round to Northwestern's Cristelle Grier.
ITA Women's West Regionals
The ITA Women's West Regionals took place in San Diego, Calif. and was co-hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State University. The Wildcats traveled sophomore Iza Ferreira, freshman Kasia Jakowlew, junior Dianne Hollands, senior Debbie Larocque, and junior Maja Mlakar. Jakowlew won her qualifying tournament match to advance to the main draw competition. Hollands, Larocque, and Perry all advanced to the round of 16. Hollands won her matches and was set to compete in the semifinals before the tournament was cancelled due to wildfires in the Southern California region. The doubles team of Perry and Hollands were also unable to compete in their quarterfinal match due to the cancellation.
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