The Lineup: Name Yr. Hometown Vanessa Abel Sr. Tucson, Arizona Lindsay Blau So. Ossining, New York Joanna Buczkowska Jr. Zakopane, Poland Michelle Gough Jr. Johannesburg, South Africa Laresa Marino So. San Diego, California Carly Stringer So. Launton, Bicester, England Brooke Taylor So. Newport Beach, California Uzma Kahn Fr. Hyderabad, India Siri Fomsgaard Fr. Copenhagen, DenmarkLast Season:The Wildcats finished the season with an 7-13 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to top ranked Florida, 5-1. The doubles team of Monique Allegre and Lindsay Blau advanced to the NCAA Championships. Cats in the Polls: In the latest ITA preseason rankings, the duo of Lindsay Blau and Uzma Kahn are ranked No. 36 in the nation. Team rankings will not be released until later in the fall.
Head Coach: Brad Dancer begins his first year as head coach at Arizona replacing Stephanie London. Dancer played No. 1 singles and doubles at Michigan State, graduating with a degree in business in 1993. In his time at Michigan State, Dancer was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten member and was selected to the All-Big Ten team his senior year. Dancer's professional coaching highlights include serving as an assistant for the 1996 Fed Cup team.
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Epley and Vicky Maes round out the coaching staff for the Wildcats this season. Epley comes to Arizona after serving as an assistant last year at Alabama. In addition to his duties as assistant coach, Epley is involved in coaching at the professional tennis level which includes serving as an assistant for the Fed Cup team under head coach Billie Jean King. Maes, a four-time tennis All-American, returns to Arizona as a volunteer assistant. Maes graduated from Arizona in '98 but not before becoming the most decorated player in the program's history. Two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, GTE All-American, and a selection to the Pac-10 All-Decade team are accolades that highlighted her decorated career at Arizona.
Next Match: The Wildcats are back at it next weekend when they travel out to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the University of Michigan Invitational, Oct. 15-17.