No. 59 Arizona hopes to rebound at home

March 10, 2010

No. 59 Arizona vs. Memphis 
1:30 p.m. |Friday, March 12LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

No. 59 Arizona vs. Oregon
Noon |Saturday, March 13
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

TUCSON--The Arizona women's tennis team look to rebound from last weekend's losses in Washington at home hosting Memphis on Friday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. and Oregon on Saturday, March 13 at noon.

'This weekend will give us a chance to regroup and play at home.' Said head coach Vicky Maes, 'We hope to get our confidence back up against Memphis on Friday, because we have struggled in the past two weeks. So far, we have played our best tennis at home. Certainly we need to play well against Oregon to have an opportunity to get our first Pac-10 win.'

About the Tigers: The Memphis women's tennis team will return to the courts after a ten day break. Last time out, the Tigers (6-10) battled Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas Tech in Fayetteville, Ark. At Arkansas, Memphis picked up a win at No. 1 singles, but lost 6-1. During the next day's doubleheader, Memphis started off with a 6-0 loss to Oklahoma before recovering with a 6-1 win over Arkansas Tech.

About the Ducks: Last weekend, the Oregon women's tennis team dropped their conference opening matches to USC and UCLA. The Ducks (5-9, 0-2) lost to USC 7-0 last Friday, and on Saturday they were once again blanked by UCLA. Oregon will start this weekend in Tempe against Arizona State on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Last Time Out: Last weekend, the Wildcats struggled in their Pac-10 opener against Washington and Washington State. Against the Huskies, Arizona lost 5-2. The Wildcats' only two wins came in singles play, with freshman Alexandrina Naydenova taking down Lina Xu 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 position, and senior Claire Rietsch defeating Aleksandra Malovic 7-5, 3-6, (10-8) at No. 6.

Against the Cougars, Arizona won two of three doubles matches, and ended the three straight streak of doubles losses. Naydenova and sophomore Natasha Marks defeated Jansen and Fournier 8-3 at No. 1, and at No. 3 senior Ariane Masschelein and sophomore Sarah Landsman defeated Gomez and Googe 8-3.

Cats in the Rankings: With last weekend's losses, the Arizona tennis team dropped in the ITA team rankings to No. 59.

In singles rankings, sophomore Natasha Marks dropped down from No. 88 to No. 89, and was joined by fellow sophomore Sarah Landsman who is ranked for the first time since the preseason rankings at No. 106.

Returning Cats: Arizona has seven players returning to the Wildcat roster this season. Seniors Ariane Masschelein, Claire Rietsch, and Natalia Toporowska, junior Jane Huh, and sophomores Natasha Marks, Sarah Landsman, and Debora Castany.

New Additions: New to the Wildcat roster are freshmen Shannon Cassidy and Elizabeth Hammond, who joined up in the fall, and University of Georgia transfer Alexandrina Naydenova, who joined before spring play. Also joining the Wildcats is Volunteer Assistant Coach Danielle Steinberg, who led the Cats last season in the No. 1 singles position.

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.

Fall Action: In the fall semester, the Wildcats participated in seven events: the Miner Fall Invite, the New Mexico Invitational, the SDSU Fall Classic, the All-American Riviera, ITA Regionals, the Southwest Collegiate Invite, and the CSUN Invitational. At the Miner Fall Invite, Masschelein won out her singles flight, and at the ITA Regionals, No. 4 seed made it to the semifinal round.

Next Week: Up next, Arizona will host California on Friday, March 26 at 1:30, and on Saturday the Cats will host Stanford at noon. Both matches will be held at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

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