Women's tennis heads to Oregon

Feb. 25, 2009

Match Date: Friday, February 27 2009

Time: Noon P.T.

Location: Eugene, Ore.

Match Data: Arizona (5-2, 0-0 Pac 10) travels to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks (6-3, 0-0 Pac 10) in their first conference match of the season on Friday, February 27, 2009 at noon P.T.

'We hope to recover from our tough losses last week. We fought but just didn't play well.' Said head coach Vicky Maes, 'Oregon is a strong team and, this being our first Pac-10 match, it will be important to take advantage of opportunities. I hope to get a good start in doubles and see consistent performances in singles all the way down the line-up.'

Last time out: Last weekend, the Wildcats fell to both San Diego State 4-3 and the University of San Diego 5-2. The Wildcats lost the all-important doubles point in both matches, and were unable to come back in singles.

Against San Diego State, senior Danielle Steinberg and freshman Sarah Landsman defeated Roxanne and Sierra Ellison 8-3 in the Cats' only double win. In singles, Landsman defeated Olivia Colman 6-0, 6-2 to keep her undefeated record.

Against the University of San Diego, first-time partners sophomore Jane Huh and freshman Natasha Marks defeated Justine Perl and Maria Raygada 8-6 in the only doubles win of the day. In singles, Marks defeated Samantha Mouly 6-3, 6-1.

Cats in the rankings: In the Campbell's/ITA collegiate tennis rankings, freshman Natasha Marks is the Wildcats' only ranked player at 124. This is the freshman's first time being ranked in the ITA.

Head Coach Vicky Maes: Vicky Maes enters her eighth 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: The Wildcats return home next weekend to take on Washington State and Washington. The Cats will take on the Cougars on Friday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. They will take on the Huskies on Saturday, March 7 at noon. Both matches will take place at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

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