Rough day for women's tennis

April 18, 2009

The Wildcats finished off their regular season with a 5-2 loss to conference rivals Arizona State.

For doubles, in the No. 1 position, the Abdala sisters, Laila and Nadia defeated junior Claire Rietsch and freshman Natasha Marks 9-7.

In the No. 2 position, senior Danielle Steinberg and freshman Sarah Landsman lost to Sianna Simmons and Ashlee Brown 8-6, and in the No. 3 position, junior Ariane Masschelein and sophomore Jane Huh lost to Kelcy McKenna and Michelle Brycki 8-3.

'Today was a tough day.' Said head coach Vicky Maes, 'We didn't do a very good job in the doubles. We all got a bit of a late start and then had to battle back. This doesn't work against a team like ASU. They are experienced and won't give up leads.'

In doubles, Steinberg fought hard for her final regular season win, defeating McKenna 6-2, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

In the No. 4 spot, Masschelein defeated Brycki 6-3, 6-2.

Freshmen Natasha Marks and Sarah Landsman both fought hard into the third sets but dropped their matches to Nadia and Laila Abdala.

'Losing the doubles point knocked the wind out of us a little which gave us a slow start in singles. Regardless of that, we had a chance in our top 4 singles. Ariane played a well-focused match to beat Brycki in straight sets. Dani, Tash and Sarah all took their matches to a third set. Then Dani won and that was really a great way to finish her season, but we came up short in 2 and 3. It's a little bit of a letdown for our last match, but overall we made huge improvements this year and I'm proud of our girls.'

Up next for the Wildcats are the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai starting on April 23 through the 26th.

Full Results:


1. Laila Abdala/Nadia Abdala def. Claire Rietsch/Natasha Marks 9-7

2. Sianna Simmons/Ashlee Brown def. Danielle Steinberg/Sarah Landsman 8-6

3. Kelcy McKenna/Michelle Brycki def. Ariane Masschelein/Jane Huh 8-3


1. Danielle Steinberg def. Kelcy McKenna 6-2, 7-6 (4), 6-3

2. Nadia Abdala def. Natasha Marks 2-6, 7-5, 6-0

3. Laila Abdala def. Sarah Landsman 6-2, 6-7, 6-2

4. Ariane Masschelein def. Michelle Brycki 6-3, 6-2

5. Ashlee Brown def. Jane Huh 6-0, 6-1

6. Sianna Simmons def. Claire Rietsch 6-1, 6-4

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