Arizona's Dianne Hollands Wins Top-Flight Singles Final at Rice Classic

Sept. 29, 2002

HUMBLE, Texas - Arizona's No. 13-ranked Maja Mlakar was upset by No. 85-ranked teammate Dianne Hollands Sunday at the Rice Tennis Classic in Humble, Texas. Arizona's fourth-ranked doubles team of Mlakar and Debbie Larocque also was upset by No. 29-ranked Valerie Vladea and Michaela Havelkova of Minnesota.

In the final round of top flight singles play, Hollands defeated Mlakar by a score of 6-4, 6-3, claiming the top-flight singles crown. Junior Debbie Larocque won the consolation bracket by defeating Long Beach State's Lindsey Marvel, 6-2, 6-2.

In the second flight, sophomore Kelly Perry defeated LBSU's Claudia Argumedo, 6-4,6-4, to claim fifth place. Sophomore Marie-Pier Pouliot fell to Karen Chao of Lee College, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Freshman Kristy Randono defeated Cristina Mancheno of Lee College, 6-0, 6-2, to claim fifth place in the third flight of singles action.

In the final round of top-flight doubles action, Arizona's duo of Mlakar and Larocque was upset by Minnesota's Vladea and Havelkova, 8-6. Mlakar and Larocque claimed second place, while teammates Hollands and Pouliot took third place by defeating Minnesota's Nischela Reddy and Jeanette Cluskey, 8-3. In the consolation bracket, Perry and Randono won the battle for third place by blanking Cici Anderson and Kandis Batiste of Minnesota, 8-0.

The women's tennis team will rest for a week before heading to the All-American Championships in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 6-13.

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ResultsSingles - Final Round (All Flights)1. Dianne Hollands (UA) def. Maja Mlakar (UA), 6-4, 6-32. Debbie Larocque (UA) def. Lindsey Marvel (LBSU), 6-2, 6-2 (consolation bracket)3. Kelly Perry (UA) def. Claudia Argumedo (LBSU), 6-4, 6-44. Karen Chao (Rice) def. Marie-Pier Pouliot (UA), 2-6, 6-4, 6-15. Kristy Randono (UA) def. Cristina Mancheno (Lee), 6-0, 6-2

Doubles - Final Round (Top Flight)1. Vladea/Havelkova def. Mlakar/Larocque (UA), 8-62. Hollands/Pouliot (UA) def. Reddy/Cluskey (Minn.), 8-33. Perry/Randono (UA) def. Anderson/Batiste (Minn.), 8-0 (consolation bracket)

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