No. 59 Wildcats upset No. 43 Gaels

Feb. 21, 2010

TUCSON--The Arizona women's tennis team defeated No. 43 Saint Mary's Sunday 4-2 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

The match started with singles play, and Arizona (7-1, 0-0 Pac-10) won in positions 1, 2, 3, and 5. At No. 1, sophomore Natasha Marks, ranked at No. 88, defeated Alex Poorta 6-2, 6-1. At No. 2, sophomore Sarah Landsman won in three sets over Catherine Isip, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.

Freshman Alexandrina Naydenova defeated Ana Chikhikvishvili 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 3 spot, and senior Ariane Masschelein defeated the Gaels' Alisa Spitzer 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 in the No. 5 spot.

In the No. 4 spot, senior Claire Reitch fell to Saint Mary's (5-2, 0-0 WCC) Claire Soper 6-4, 7-5, and at No. 6, sophomore Debora Castany lost to Sabina Gunnarsson 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.

'Our team battled very hard and got a great win today.' Said head coach Vicky Maes, 'St Mary's is a solid team and we were lucky to squeeze it out in singles. I feel we could have made it a little easier on ourselves if we hadn't lost our focus on some of the courts, but we are learning and this experience will help us down the road.'

Up next, the Wildcats will travel to Utah to take on No. 69 Brigham Young on Friday, February 26 at 11 am, and on Saturday, Arizona will face off against No. 77 Utah at 11am.

Complete Results:


1. No. 88 Marks UA def. Poorta SMC 6-2, 6-1

2. Landsman UA def. Isip SMC 6-3, 6-7, 6-2

3. Naydenova UA def. Chikhikvishvili SMC 6-1, 6-3

4. Soper SMC def. Rietsch UA 6-4, 7-5

5. Masschelein UA def. Spitzer SMC 4-6, 7-6, 7-5

6. Gunnarsson SMC def. Castany UA 7-6, 2-6, 6-4

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