Arizona to take on Washington and Washington State

March 4, 2009

Match Dates: Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 2009

Times: 1:30 p.m. and Noon

Location: Tucson, Ariz.

Match Data: Arizona (5-3, 0-1 Pac 10) returns home Friday, March 6, to take on Washington State University (3-9, 0-0 Pac 10) at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center at 1:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Cats will take on the University of Washington (7-4, 0-0 Pac 10) at noon.

'We are happy to be playing at home this week,' said head coach Vicky Maes, 'The travel has been challenging and we have missed our home routine. We need to play focused and with a sense of urgency. Everyone knows we are a good team, but we have missed big opportunities and that has hurt us. We cannot let those slip this weekend.'

Last time out: Last weekend, the Wildcats fell in their conference opener to Oregon 4-3. They were able to come out on top in doubles, with Danielle Steinberg and Sarah Landsman defeating Trudie du Toit and Carmen Seremeta 8-5, and Ariane Masschelein and Jane Huh defeating Stephanie Macfarlane and Madelie Janse van Rensburg 8-2, but were unable to come out in singles.

Cats in the rankings: In the Campbell's/ITA rankings, freshman Natasha Marks remains the only ranked Wildcat in singles at No. 125. In doubles, senior Danielle Steinberg and freshman Sarah Landsman are ranked No. 66.

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 2000. 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 head back on the road next weekend to take on Penn and Fresno State on Friday, March, 13 and Saturday, March 14. Both matches will take place at Fresno State, starting at noon and 10:30 a.m. PT, respectively.

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