Arizona to take on San Diego and San Diego State

Feb. 18, 2009

Match Dates: Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, 2009

Times: 2 p.m. PT and Noon PT

Location: San Diego, Calif.

Match Data: Arizona (5-0, 0-0 Pac 10) will travel to San Diego, California to take on San Diego State University (5-2, 0-0 MWC) on Friday, February 20 at 2 p.m. PT. On Saturday, the Wildcats will take on University of San Diego (2-0, 0-0 WCC)

'We feel good going into San Diego this weekend. We've played there before and we're comfortable playing there,' Said assistant coach Ryan Stotland, 'We are looking forward to the challenges we're going to face. We know that we have to a play a complete team match, and have been working on our doubles game this past week. I feel confident that we're going to do well this weekend.

Cats in the rankings: In the ITA collegiate tennis rankings, senior Danielle Steinberg is ranked No. 91, and joining her in the ranks is freshman newcomer Sarah Landsman at No. 96.

Last time out: Last weekend, the Wildcats had two closely decided wins against Texas Tech and Rice University. In the final singles match against Texas Tech, freshman Debora Castany defeated Kerryn Potgieter 6-4, 6-7, 6-4, making the overall score 4-3 in favor of the Wildcats.

Against Rice University, freshman Sarah Landsman defeated Rebecca Lin 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the last match of the day to win the game for the Wildcats, 4-3.

In both matches, Arizona lost the doubles point 2-1, and 3-0 respectively.

Head Coach Vicky Maes: Vicky Maes enters her ninth year as the head women's tennis coach. One of the greatest players in Arizona women's tennis history, Maes has been at the University of Arizona since 1994. She got her start as a student-athlete, then continued on as a coordinator for the model Life Skills Program and has served as the head coach of the women's tennis team since October 2001. As a student-athlete, Maes was the squad's No. 1 singles and doubles player throughout her entire career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1996, as well as being tabbed a four-time first team All-Pac-10 selection. A native of Belgium, Maes has brought great success in her first eight seasons at the helm of the program. Maes led the Wildcats to team and/or individual postseason competition each year, won the 2003 Pac-10 Championships for the first time since 1994, and produced several first team All-Americans and All-Pac-10 players.

Returning Cats: Five players are returning to the Wildcats roster, including senior Danielle Steinberg, juniors Ariane Masschelein, Claire Rietsch, and Natalia Toporoska, and sophomore Jane Huh.

Welcoming the newcomers: The Wildcats welcome three new players to its roster: Debora Castany, Natasha Marks, and Sarah Landsman. In the fall season, Castany won her first two collegiate tournaments as a Wildcat.

The Wildcats also welcome to the team assistant coach Ryan Stotland. In his playing days, Stotland was a college standout at the University of New Mexico. He went from a walk on position to the number one player on the team. Under his leadership, the Lobos captured two conference titles. Individually, Stotland earned the highest accolades in history at UNM, becoming the highest ranked individual at number two in the NCAA in doubles. He was also a finalist at the Icy/Hot All American Championships.

Fall Action: The Wildcats participated in five tournaments during the fall semester, the New Mexico Invitational, the Cal Invitational, the Riveria All-American Main Draw & Qual, the San Diego State Fall Classic, and the ITA Regionals. At the New Mexico Invitational, freshman Debora Castany won her collegiate title, while fellow freshman Sarah Landsman and junior Ariane Masschelein won titles in the San Diego State Fall Classic

Up Next: Next up, the Wildcats will take on Oregon, in Eugene Ore. to finish off their five game road trip. The match is scheduled to take place at noon PT.

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