No. 62 Arizona to take on No. 39 Sacramento State

March 25, 2009

Match Date: Friday, March 27, 2009

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Tucson, Ariz.

Match Data: The No. 62 Arizona (9-5, 1-2 Pac 10) women's tennis team returns to the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center this weekend to take on No. 39 Sacramento State (12-5, 5-0 BSC) at 1:30 p.m.

'We had a great outing last week, coming up with two convincing victories.' Said head coach Vicky Maes. 'Though we were expected to win, our matches went well and we didn't give up too many points. Our match with Sac State is very important as we still need to clinch a big win.'

The Cats will come into this game with some experience against the Hornets as freshman Sarah Landsman and junior Ariane Masschelein played against Luba Schifris and Aileen Tsan respectively in singles at the Cal Nike Invitational in September.

Cats in the rankings: In this week's Campbell's/ITA tennis rankings, Arizona moved up two spots in the team rankings to No. 62. In singles, senior Danielle Steinberg remains the only ranked Wildcat at No. 94.

In doubles rankings, junior Claire Rietsch and freshman Natasha Marks remain at No. 51 while Steinberg and freshman Sarah Landsman are ranked No. 75.

Last time out: Last weekend, the Cats traveled to Hawaii to take on Wyoming and Hawaii at Manoa. Against Wyoming, the Wildcats shut out the Cowgirls 7-0. In singles, both senior Danielle Steinberg and freshman Natasha Marks shut out their opponents in the No. 1 and 2 positions. In the other three singles matches, the Wildcats kept the Cowgirls scoreless in the first sets.

Against Hawaii, the Wildcats continued with strong play through both singles and doubles, and won 6-1.

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 week, the Cats return to conference play, traveling to the Bay Area to take on Stanford and California on April 3 and 4. The match against Stanford will start at 1:30 p.m. and the match against California will start at noon.

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