May 22, 2013
UBRANA, Ill. -
Arizona women’s tennis player Lacey Smyth (Oceanside, Calif.) fell in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday in Urbana, Ill., to cap a highly successful junior season.
“Lacey can look back on a solid year,” Arizona head coach Vicky Maes said. “Considering she came back from a serious injury and didn't play much at all in the fall, she even had a great year.”
North Carolina’s Caroline Price, the No. 46 player in the country, defeated Smyth in three sets, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2, putting Smyth’s career record at 1-2 in the tournament.
During the 2013 season, Smyth defeated four of the country’s best players, including a victory over No. 25 Katie Le of Santa Clara. She also earned wins over No. 32 Zoe Scandalis, No. 49 Samantha Adams and No. 50 Stephanie Tan.
Overall, Smyth led the team, playing at the No. 1 position in every match for the Wildcats. She garnered an impressive 16-10 record over some of the nation’s top talent.
In addition, she was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on two different occasions and given All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention accolades.
“We haven't seen the best of Lacey yet,” Maes said. “I know she will come back in the fall ready to battle it out one more time. She is so committed to hard work and wants to do well so badly that she simply lives the training and the competing which will have a strong payoff come spring '14. I'm just sad she will already be a senior. I truly enjoy working with her and I love seeing her compete when she puts it all together. I'm going to appreciate every minute I get to spend with her on the court, that's for sure.”
The Wildcats will return their entire squad for the 2013-14 season, including an experienced team of four seniors and one junior.
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