Larocque leads women's tennis at opening of Eck Classic

Nov. 9, 2001

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Arizona sophomore Debbie Larocque upset Notre Dame's 48th-ranked Becky Varnum, 7-5, 6-2, Friday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Wildcat freshman Maja Mlakar accounted for the second of UA's two singles victories on the day defeating ND's Lindsey Green, 6-1, 6-2.

In other singles play, UA freshman Marie-Pier Pouliot came up short against the Fighting Irish's Alicia Sales, 6-2, 6-0. ND's Sarah Jane Connelly topped Arizona sophomore Perrine Pernin, 6-4, 6-0. UA junior Daniela Torres was out-dueled by Notre Dame's Nina Vaughan in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. Wildcat freshman Danielle Stadelmann also fell in three sets to the Irish's Emily Neighbours, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles action, the Wildcats earned two victories against Notre Dame. Larocque and Mlakar tripped up ND's 23rd-ranked duo of Lindsey Green and Becky Varnum, 8-2, after losing to Indiana's Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran, 8-4, earlier in the day. Stadelmann and Torres recorded a victory against ND's Maggie Donohue and Michelle Hamilton, 8-4, while Pernin and Pouliot were topped by Notre Dame's Connelly and Salas, 8-2.

The Cats continue play at the Eck Classic Saturday when they face Texas A&M in doubles at 1:30 p.m. CST and Indiana at 2:45 p.m. CST in singles followed by doubles action against the Hoosiers.

#85 Debbie Larocque (UA)
def. #48 Becky Varnum (ND), 7-5, 6-2
Maja Mlakar (UA) def. Lindsey Green (ND), 6-1, 6-2
Alicia Salas (ND) def. Marie-Pier Pouliot (UA), 6-2, 6-0
Sarah Jane Connelly (ND) def. Perrine Pernin (UA), 6-4, 6-0
Nina Vaughan (ND) def. Daniela Torres (UA), 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Emily Neighbours (ND) def. Danielle Stadelmann (UA), 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
Leah Killen/Danielle Lee (A&M) def. Stadelmann/Torres (UA), 8-3
Karie Schlukebir/Linda Tran (IU) def. Larocque/Mlakar (UA), 8-4
Amanda Field/Martina Grimm (IU) def. Pernin/Pouliot (UA), 8-4
Stadelmann/Torres (UA) def. Maggie Donohue/Michelle Hamilton (ND), 8-4
Larocque/Mlakar (UA) def. #23 Green/Varnum (ND), 8-2
Connelly/Salas (ND) def. Pernin/Pouliot (UA), 8-2
Caylan Leslie/Neighbours (ND) def. Stadelmann/Torres (UA), 8-2

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