Arizona cruises by WSU

March 6, 2009

Arizona women's tennisContact: Charles Renning ( 6, 2009

Wildcats cruise by CougarsArizona defeats WSU, 6-1

The Arizona women's tennis team cruised to a 6-1 victory over Washington State Friday afternoon at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

The Wildcats (6-3, 1-1 in the Pac-10) won the doubles point for the second week in a row and added to it with five singles victories.

'I'm really happy with the way we played today,' said Arizona head coach Vicky Maes. 'Going into tomorrow this is exactly what we needed. I felt like the team need to step up and they did. I feel like this team can beat anyone.'

In the No. 1 spot, senior Danielle Steinberg got past the Cougars' Ekaterina Kamendova 6-4, 6-0 and that sealed the win for the host Wildcats, giving them their fourth straight point.

Freshman Natasha Marks was the first Wildcat to register a win on the day, beating Aleksandra Cekic 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot.

Arizona's No. 3 spot was won by freshman Sarah Landsman, who beat WSU's Elisabeth Fournier 6-1, 6-0

Junior Ariane Masschelein fought through a tough match with Ioana Oprea, but bested her 6-0, 6-3.

In the No. 6 spot, sophomore Jane Huh couldn't get by a big comeback by Bianca Selaru, 2-6, 7-5, 10-6.

Behind wins by all three doubles teams, the Wildcats took the double point from the visiting Cougars. The No. 2 team of Steinberg and Landsman won in convincing fashion 8-2 over Washington State's Nicolas and Selaru. Arizona also got a win out of its No. 1 team of Marks and Rietsch, who defeated Kamendova and Fournier 8-2 to seal the point for the Wildcats , while Masschelein and Huh came back to beat Cekic and Oprea 9-7. Arizona has won the doubles point in back-to-back matches after winning the point in Oregon last weekend.

The Wildcats continue play tomorrow at noon when they host Washington at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

'Tomorrow is going to be a true test for us,' Maes said. 'We're excited for the match and to be playing it at home.'

Singles Results:

No.1: Daniel Steinberg UA def. Ekaterina Kamendova WSU, 6-4, 6-0

No.2: Natasha Marks UA def. Aleksandra Cekic WSU, 6-0, 6-2

No.3: Sarah Landsman UA def. Elisabeth Fournier WSU, 6-1, 6-0

No.4: Arizna Masschelein UA def. Ioana Oprea WSU, 6-0, 6-3

No. 5: Claire Rietsch UA def. Marina Nicolas WSU, 1-6, 7-5, 14-12

No. 6: Bianca Selaru WSU def. Jane Huh UA, 2-6, 7-5, 10-6

Doubles Results:

No.1: Marks and Rietsch UA def. Kamendova and Fournier WSU, 8-2No.2: Steinberg and Landsman UA def. Nicolas and Selaru WSU, 8-2No. 3: Masschelein and Huh UA def. Cekic and Oprea WSU, 9-7

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