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Wildcats Wrap Up Season Against Sun Devils
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 19, 2001
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Scouting the Sun Devils: ASU will look to continue its home court dominance when it plays host to Arizona on Saturday. The No. 14 Sun Devils are 13-1 at Whiteman Tennis Center with their lone loss to top-ranked Stanford, 5-2, last weekend. Arizona will try to avenge a 4-3 loss earlier this season in Tucson. Overall, Arizona State have taken the last six meetings over its in-state rival and are 22-13 since 1985 against the Wildcats. UA is one of only three squads to record points in a losing effort to ASU. The Sun Devils have defeated nine of their 12 opponents by a 7-0 decision. Adria Engel (No. 12), Megan Yeats (No. 63), Mhairi Brown (No. 88) and Clena McCoury and Brown (No. 28) head the list of ranked players for Arizona State. Brown and teammates Cindy Sureephong and Faye DeVera have anchored the bottom half of the singles lineup recording a 47-9 (.840) record.

Cats in the Polls: The Wildcats are 40th in the April 11 edition of the poll. Arizona had held down a top-25 ranking for the first seven weeks of the year that was based on voting by the coaches. UA senior Michelle Gough is No. 89 in the latest singles ranking. A win over then ninth-ranked Jewel Peterson of Southern California, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and 17 victories highlights her resume. UA's duo of senior Michelle Gough and junior Sophie Regnier cracked the doubles rankings at No. 38 highlighted by 12 victories. Arizona is also ranked fifth in its region as it began spring play. In addition, three UA players find themselves in the singles poll: senior Michelle Gough (No. 3), Larocque (No. 19) and Marino (No. 24). On the doubles side, Larocque and Marino are ranked No. 12 in the poll.

Double Vision: The Wildcats are 6-1 when they win the doubles point. The lone loss was a 6-1 defeat against California (4/13). Of those wins, UA has swept the doubles contests twice versus Northern Arizona (2/4) and Oregon (2/9). On the other hand, Arizona is 0-12 when it fails to capture the doubles point.

Stanford (April 14): The Cardinal continued its undefeated season defeating Arizona 7-0. The win was No. 34 in a row for Stanford over the Wildcats. UA was able to take two sets in singles play. Arizona junior Laresa Marino and freshman Perrine Pernin forced a third set in their matches. Marino fell to No. 22 Lauren Barnikow, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, while Pernin was upended by 33rd-ranked Keiko Tokuda, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

California (April 13): Arizona earned victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions to secure the doubles point for the first time in six matches. Unfortunately, the Wildcats would drop their first contest when winning the doubles point falling to the ninth-ranked Golden Bears, 6-1. Cal swept the six singles battles while losing only one set at the No.1 spot. Arizona freshman Debbie Larocque battled No. 46 Anita Kurimay in a three set defeat, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. UA senior Joanna Buczkowska had to default due to injury in the No. 6 match.

Texas (April 11): Texas junior Kaysie Smashey battled back from a set down to outlast Arizona freshman Perrine Pernin, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1, giving the eleventh-ranked Longhorns a 4-3 victory. The win was the third straight for UT over the Wildcats. UA fell to 1-4 in matches decided by a point this season. UT secured the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The squads split the six singls contests producing the final score. Arizona freshman Debbie Larocque continued to hold down the team lead in victories recording win No. 22 of the year over No. 34 Uhlirova, 6-2, 0-6, 7-5. Wildcat junior Sophie Regnier won her fifth match in a row notching a straight sets victory over Michelle Krinke, 6-3, 6-3.

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