Women's Tennis Heads to Pac-10 Tourney

April 22, 2003

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Pac-10 TournamentThe Arizona women's tennis team will head to Ojai, Calif.on April 24-27 to compete in the 103rd Ojai Valley Tournament, which coincides with the Pac-10 Tournament. Competing in main-draw singles for the Wildcats are graduate student Emilie Scribot, who will face Cal's Christina Fusano on Thursday in the round of 32, sophomore Maja Mlakar, who will face Washington's Claire Carter, sophomore Dianne Hollands, who will face Oregon's Daria Panova, and junior Debbie Larocque, who will face Stanford's Alice Barnes. In the Individual Pac-10 Women's Singles bracket, sophomore Kelly Perry will compete against Washington's Andrea Coulter on Thursday in the round of 32, along with the Wildcats' three freshmen. Arizona's Zorica Zasova will face off against Arizona State's Joslynn Burkette, Kelly Duncan will compete against Washington State's Nora Gaal, and Kristy Randono will face Oregon's Anna Leksinska. In the Women's Pac-10 Doubles main draw, held on Friday, Arizona's duo of Larocque and Randono will team up face Stanford's Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette in the round of 16. Also in the main draw, Mlakar and Scribot will face off against Oregon's Monika Gieczys and Jamie Marshall. In the Individual Pac-10 Women's Doubles bracket, also held Friday, Arizona's Duncan and Zasova will pair up to face Oregon's Ester Bak and Anna Leksinska. Hollands and Perry will advance to the quarterfinals of the bracket with a bye in the round of 16, where they will face the winner of the match between USC's Bernaditte Bayani and Melissa Esmero and Washington's Kathy Chi and Steph Svanfeldt.

Moving Up in the RankingsThe Wildcat women's tennis team ended the regular season ranked No. 21, and all three previously ranked singles players moved up in the standings. Emilie Scribot, formerly No 10, moved up to No. 6, while Maja Mlakar advanced to No. 39 and Dianne Hollands moved up to No. 49. The Wildcats' duo of Mlakar and Scribot also earned a ranking in the top 50 doubles teams at No. 48.

Upsetting the SundevilsAfter suffering a home loss to ASU earlier in the season in a match rescheduled because of rain, the Wildcat women's tennis team bounced back to upset the Sundevils on their own turf in Tempe. The Wildcats, then ranked No. 28, notched a 4-3 victory Saturday, April 19, over the then-No. 17 Sundevils. The Cats swept the doubles and tallied singles wins by Mlakar, Hollands, and Larocque in the second, third, and fourth spots to beat the Devils, splitting the matches on the season. The upset marked the second time in as many matches that the Cats toppled a higher-ranked team, the last versus then-No. 4 Cal on April 12.

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 9-11, 3-5 in the Pac-10, and a final national ranking of 21.

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