Women's Tennis to Take On No. 4 Cal and No. 3 Stanford

March 5, 2003

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This WeekThe No. 26 Arizona women's tennis team will embark on another road trip to take on No. 4 Cal on Friday, March 7, and No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, March 8.

Last Time Out

Baylor (Feb 28): The No. 26 Arizona women's tennis team defeated No. 43 Baylor Friday at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. The Wildcats notched a 6-1 victory over the Bears, improving to 3-3 on the season. In singles action, graduate student Emilie Scribot defeated Baylor's Anna Moncolova in the No. 1 spot, 6-4, 6-4. In the second spot, sophomore Maja Mlakar downed Vida Mulec, 6-3, 6-1. In the third position, sophomore Dianne Hollands won her match versus Stephanie Balzert, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. In the fourth spot, junior Debbie Larocque defeated Daria Potapova, 7-5, 7-6. Sophomore Kelly Perry ended Izabela Mijic's six-game win streak by winning in the fifth spot, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. In the sixth position, freshman Kristy Randono fell to Barbora Blahutiakova, 7-5, 6-3. The Wildcats went on to win the doubles point, winning in the first and third spots. In the No. 1 position, Hollands and Scribot defeated Baylor's duo of Blahutiakova and Alison Bradley, 8-2. In the second spot, Arizona's team of Mlakar and Larocque fell to Mulec and Moncolova, 8-6. In the third spot, Perry and Randono teamed up for Arizona to defeat Balzert and Potapova, 8-3. Arizona's record improves to 3-3, 0-3 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats' last Pac-10 match versus ASU on Feb. 26, was cancelled because of rain, after Arizona had taken a lead over No. 8 Arizona State. The two teams could not reach an agreement on a new match time that would allow the score to continue from the matches already played, as opposed to restarting with a 0-0 score. The match was cancelled and a new date has yet to be scheduled.

TCU (March 1): The Arizona women's tennis team improved to 4-3 on the season with a 6-0 sweep at TCU Saturday. Arizona handed TCU its first loss of the season at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas. In singles play, graduate student Emilie Scribot (46) defeated TCU's Paty Aburto (100) in the No. 1 spot, 6-3, 1-6, 5-5, default. In the second spot, sophomore Maja Mlakar recorded a victory over Saber Pierce, 6-2, 6-1. In the third spot, sophomore Dianne Hollands (60) won versus Rosa Perez, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Junior Debbie Larocque defeated Karla Mancinas in the fourth spot, 6-2, 6-2. In the fifth position, sophomore Kelly Perry defeated Iris Jaklin, 6-2, 6-2. In the sixth spot, freshman Kristy Randono battled with Gloriann Lopez for a win. Randono dropped the first set 3-6, and won the second set, 6-3. The match was won after the third and deciding set, which favored Randono, 11-9. Doubles were not played because of time restraints.

Scouting CalThe No. 4 Cal women's tennis team is 6-2 on the season and 2-1 in Pac-10 play. Cal's only Pac-10 loss came at the hands of No. 3 Stanford on Feb. 22. The Golden Bears have three singles players in the top 100: No. 13 Raquel Kops-Jones, No. 45 Christine Fusano, and No. 56 Jieun Jacobs. Cal's duobles duo of Kops-Jones and Fusano is ranked No. 11.

Scouting StanfordNo. 3 Stanford enters the weekend with a record of 9-1, 2-1 in the Pac-10. Oddly, Stanford's only Pac-10 loss came at the hands of No. 4 Cal on Feb. 7. Stanford's arsenal of players includes the No. 1 duo in the nation, Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette, and three singles players in the top 100: No. 5 Alice Barnes, No. 26 Barnikow, and No. 43 Burdette.

Head Coach Vicky MaesIn her first year of coaching at theUA since graduating from Arizona in 1999 with a BS in business administration, Coach Maes brough the Arizona women's tennis team from an initial national ranking of 54, to the team's final ranking of 19. In her second year as head coach, Maes hopes to further advance the team's success. In fall play, Maes and the Wildcat women's tennis team recorded several wins, highlighted by a sweep of the singles and doubles titles at the Fall Desert Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. In the regular season, Maes has led the Wildcats to a record of 4-3, and looks to improve the team's Pac-10 record of 0-3 this weekend versus No. 4 Cal and No. 3 Stanford.

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