No. 53 Arizona heads to California

March 31, 2010

No. 53 Arizona at Cal State Northridge1:00 p.m. |Friday, April 2Northridge, Calif.

No. 53 Arizona at Loyola MarymountNoon |Saturday, April 3Los Angeles, Calif.

TUCSON--The Arizona women's tennis team looks to rebound from two home losses with a trip out to California to take on Cal State Northridge on Friday, April 2 at 1pm and Loyola Marymount on Saturday, April 3 at noon.

'We hope to play two solid matches in California this week.' Said head coach Vicky Maes, 'Both teams will be tough but we have confidence that we can do well if we play well. Being down two of our players, it's crucial to see everyone step up, especially this late in the season. We still have hopes to make it to nationals, but we will have to get a few more wins on the board.'

About the Matadors: Cal State Northridge suffered a pair of losses last week to Dartmouth and UC Santa Barbara. Against Dartmouth, CSUN (7-5, 1-3 Big West) took the doubles point with wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, but freshman Anna Yang's 6-2, 6-1 win in the No. 5 position over Georgiana Smyser was the only singles triumph of the day. In the Matadors' 6-1 loss to UC Santa Barbara, the solitary singles win came in the No. 4 position with Nigora Sirojiddinova defeating Annabel Gledden. CSUN will face UC Riverside on Thursday, April 1 before hosting the Wildcats.

About the Lions: Loyola Marymount started off last weekend with a 4-3 win over New Mexico State before falling to UC Santa Barbara 5-2. Against New Mexico State, the Lions took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. In singles action, LMU was able to hold of New Mexico State with wins at positions 3, 4, and 5. Against UC Santa Barbara, the Lions lost the doubles point, and the only two singles wins came in positions 3 and 4. Loyola Marymount hosts Saint Mary's today at noon before hosting Arizona.

Last Time Out: Last weekend, Arizona (10-6, 1-4 Pac-10) lost a pair of matches to California and Stanford. The Cats were swept 7-0 by the Bears, who started off strong right from doubles and did not let up. In the 6-1 loss to Stanford, sophomore Sarah Landsman's 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 40 Lindsay Burdette was the only Wildcat point of the day.

Cats in the Rankings: In the Campbell's/ITA tennis rankings, Arizona moved up from No. 55 to No. 53 in the March 23 list. In singles, Sarah Landsman returned to the tennis rankings at No. 84, and Natasha Marks is ranked at No. 105.

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.

Up Next: Next week, the Wildcats return to the conference schedule at UCLA and USC. Arizona will take on UCLA on Friday, April 9 at 1:30pm, and on Saturday, April 10 the Cats face USC at noon.

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