No. 64 Arizona travels to Hawaii

March 18, 2009

Match Dates: Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21

Times: 10 a.m. HT and 10 a.m. HT

Location: Ohau, Hawaii

Match Data: The Arizona women's tennis team (7-5, 1-2 Pac 10), heads to the island of Ohau to take on the University of Wyoming (6-5, 0-0 MWC) on Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m. On Saturday, March 21, the Wildcats will take on the University of Hawaii (5-6, 0-0 WAC) on Saturday, March 21 at 10 a.m. Both matches are in Hawaii Standard Time.

'We need to play two solid matches this week,' Said head coach Vicky Maes, 'Neither team can be underestimated. The courts are very slow here which means we'll have to be patient and play longer points. We have some time to adjust but it's really crucial that we win both matches.'

Last time out: Last weekend, the Wildcats traveled to Fresno, Calif. where they took on the University of Pennsylvania, and won the match 6-1. On Saturday, they fell to No. 18 Fresno State 6-1.

Against Penn, the Wildcats won the doubles point with strong play from all three singles pairs, and won five of the six singles matches.

The tables turned for the Wildcats against Fresno State, where the only win of the day was by junior Ariane Masschelein in the No. 5 spot. Masschelein defeated Fresno's Laura Pola 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

Cats in the rankings: The Wildcats fell five sports in the Campbell's/ITA rankings this week, from No. 59 to No. 64 with last weekend's win/loss split.

In singles rankings, senior Danielle Steinberg returned to the rankings at No. 94. In the doubles rankings, Steinberg and partner, freshman Sarah Landsman dropped from No. 66 to a four-way tie at No. 75 with doubles pairs from Northwestern State, Long Beach State, and South Carolina.

Also making their way to the doubles rankings for the first time this season at No. 51 are junior Claire Rietsch and freshman Natasha Marks.

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: Next weekend, the Wildcats return home to take on Sacramento State on Friday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. The match will take place at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

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