Women's Tennis Gets Set for NCAA Tournament
May 11, 2004
Heading to Los Angeles: The No. 41 ranked Arizona women's tennis team (6-12, 2-6) will head to Los Angeles to compete against the No. 21 Indiana Hoosiers on Friday May 14 at 9:00 a.m. With the University of Southern California as the host school and the No. 1 seed in the region, Arizona will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the region. Arizona's opponent, Indiana, is the No. 2 seed in the region. American University completes the region as the No. 4 seed.
NCAA Tournament: There are 64 teams in the tournament. Southern California will join Florida, Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington, Texas, Clemson, Texas A&M, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Duke, Harvard, and Stanford as the No. 1 seeds in the tournament. Thirty one teams earned automatic qualifications by winning their conference tournaments. The championships will be single elimination, with the final 16 teams competing in Athens, Georgia on May 20-23.
2004 NCAA Championship First and Second Rounds Los Angeles, Calif. (Marks Tennis Stadium)Women's First Rounds - Friday, May 14 Arizona vs. Indiana - 9 a.m. USC vs. American - 1 p.m.Women's Second Round- Saturday, May 15 USC/American vs. Arizona/Indiana - 3 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Wildcats competed at the Pac-10 outdoor championships for singles and doubles Pac-10 Championship titles. The Wildcats came up just short in the doubles and singles tournaments. Junior Dianne Hollands advanced to the semifinals before falling to California's No. 1 ranked Raquel Kops-Jones. Hollands also competed in the doubles semifinal with fellow junior Maja Mlakar. The duo also lost in the semifinal.
Individual Awards: Junior Dianne Hollands was named to the all Pac-10 first team. California's Raquel Kops-Jones was named Pac-10 women's tennis player of the year.
The Hoosiers: The No. 21 Indiana Hoosiers (17-7) finished their season with a record of 17-7. Indiana's most impressive win of the season came on Feb. 22 against No. 17 ranked Kentucky. In the Hoosiers' final match of the season, they fell to No. 38 ranked University of Iowa, 4-3. Indiana has one singles player ranked, as well as one doubles team. No. 52 ranked Dora Vastag is Indiana's top threat in singles competition. In doubles play, Indiana boasts the No. 25 ranked team of Linda Tran and Sarah Batty. Arizona leads the all-time series 2-1.
The Women of Troy: The No. 6 USC Women of Troy (16-6) will look different than last year's squad as they bring in seven newcomers and return only four veterans. No. 15 ranked junior Luana Magnani is USC's top player on the court. Last season she finished the season with an 18-5 overall record. No. 42 Anca Anastasiu and No. 77 Carine Vermuelen will also be a threat for USC. Magnani and Vermuelen will also pair up to be the biggest threat for the Trojans in doubles action. The pair is currently ranked No. 6. Arizona has struggled with USC in the past with an overall series record of 15-24. In their last meeting on March 13, 2004, USC defeated Arizona 5-2. A match earlier in the season in Los Angeles against the Women of Troy was cancelled due to rain.
The Eagles: The American University Eagles (16-8) have no players in the rankings and are not ranked as a team. The Eagles' have not competed against a ranked opponent this season. Arizona and American have never played each other in the past.
Ranked Wildcats: The Arizona women's tennis team holds the No. 41 ranking in the country. Junior Dianne Hollands moved up in the rankings to hold the No. 11 position. Hollands teams up with fellow junior Maja Mlakar as a doubles team to hold the No. 5 ranking in the country.