Women's tennis returns to conference play

April 1, 2009

Match Dates: Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2009


Times: 1:30 p.m. and noon


Locations: Palo Alto and Berkeley, Calif.


Match data: The No. 59 Arizona women’s tennis team (10-5, 1-2 Pac10) head to the Bay Area to take on No. 10 Stanford (12-3, 3-1 Pac 10) and No. 8 California (12-4, 3-1 Pac 10) on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2009. The Stanford match will start at 1:30 p.m. and the Cal match will start at noon.


Both Stanford and Cal will be proving webcasts, that is, video (no sound) and live stats, of the matches this weekend.


Stanford’s webcast link can be found here at: http://www.gostanford.com/livestats/tennis/StanfordTennis.html


California’s webcast link can be found here at:



Both webcast links can also be found on the host schools’ athletics sites: gostanford.com and calbears.com.


“We have our work cut out for us this weekend, playing two powerhouses on
their home turf.” Said head coach Vicky Maes, “We are excited for the opportunity to match up against them and we know that, being the underdog, we can play without pressure. We know we can beat these teams, however, but we will need everyone to step up and play solid tennis.”


Last time out: Last Friday, Arizona took on the then-ranked No. 39 Sacramento State, and came out on top 5-2. The Wildcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when junior Ariane Masschelein and sophomore Jane Huh defeated Aileen Tsan and Maria Meliuk 8-6 in clinch the doubles point.


In the No. 4 singles spot, Masschelein defeated Luba Schifris in a three set battle 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, in order to clinch the match.


Cats in the rankings: In this week’s Campbell’s/ITA tennis rankings, the Wildcats moved up three spots from No. 62 to No. 59. In singles, senior Danielle Steinberg is ranked No. 94 for the second week in a row.


In doubles, junior Claire Rietsch and freshman Natasha Marks are ranked No. 76.


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: Next weekend, the Wildcats return home to take on USC and UCLA on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11. The match against USC will start at 1:30 p.m. and the match against UCLA will start at noon.


Arizona women’s tennis contact: Katie Roberts (roberts5@email.arizona.edu)

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