Four Arizona singles players and one doubles team went undefeated on the first day of the ITA Regionals on Thursday.
Senior Akilah James and freshman Lauren Marker began the day with an 8-2 defeat of Long Beach State’s Eales and Tilikeridisova in the only Wildcat doubles match of the day.
James went on to defeat SDSU’s Kristin Buth, 6-2, 7-5 in singles play, while Marker took her singles match over UCLA’s Morgan Thomas, 6-3, 6-2.
Seniors Lacey Smyth and Kim Stubbe added to Arizona’s success, as Smyth defeated San Diego’s Marta Stojanovic, 6-1, 6-1 and Stubbe routed Hawaii’s Rebecca Faltusz, 6-1, 6-0.
“The team really showed up today,” Arizona head coach Vicky Maes said. “Kiki and Lauren had a great start in doubles and crushed their opponents. They kept the momentum going in singles, as did Lacey and Kim.”
The Wildcats will continue the tournament on Friday, as all four players will compete in both singles and doubles.
“Everyone played calm and did the basics extremely well,” Maes said. “They never gave anyone a chance and this is what we plan to bring tomorrow as well. Matches will be tougher, but I like the way we are hitting the ball.”
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James/Marker (UA) def. Eales/Tilikeridisova (LBSU), 8-2
Akilah James (UA) def. Kristin Buth (SDSU), 6-2, 7-5
Lauren Marker (UA) def. Morgan Thomas (UCLA), 6-3, 6-2
Lacey Smyth (UA) def. Marta Stojanovic (USD), 6-1, 6-1
Kim Stubbe (UA) def. Rebecca Faltusz (Hawaii), 6-1, 6-0