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Women's Tennis Hosts In-State Rival in Final Match of the Season
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/18/2000
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This Weekend: 18th-ranked Arizona (9-10, 3-4 in Pac-10) will turn its attention to in-state rival Arizona State (11-7, 3-4 in Pac-10) for the teams' final regular season match on Saturday. The Wildcats and Sun Devils are both in the midst of two-match losing skids having been swept by sixth-ranked California and top-ranked Stanford last weekend, landing them in a tie for fifth place.

Ninth-ranked ASU is led by sophomore Allison Bradshaw who, in the No. 1 singles position, has logged six victories, earning her a No. 15 ranking. Playing in the second position, junior Karin Palme has recorded 18 victories placing her at 36th in the poll. Freshman Megan Yeats rounds out the ranked singles players for the Sun Devils at No. 60 as she boasts a team-high 23 wins. On the doubles side, Bradshaw and teammate junior Celena McCoury lead all Sun Devil duos with a No. 23 ranking. Highlighting their season is a team-leading 13 wins including an 8-4 victory over Arizona's pair of junior Michelle Gough and sophomore Lindsay Blau in the teams' previous meeting this year. Bradshaw and McCoury share the team lead in wins with the duo of freshman Megan Yeats and freshman Mhairi Brown who are 44th in the latest polls.

In their first meeting this year, Arizona State cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Wildcats without dropping a set in the process.

The Wildcats are 8-10 against ranked opponents this year.

The Lineup:
Name              Yr.     Hometown
Uzma Kahn         Fr.     Hyderabad, India
Lindsay Blau      So.     Ossining, New York
Michelle Gough    Jr.     Johannesburg, South Africa
Vanessa Abel      Sr.     Tucson, Arizona
Laresa Marino     So.     San Diego, California
Joanna Buczkowska Jr.     Zakopane, Poland
Brooke Taylor     So.     Newport Beach, California
Siri Fomsgaard    Fr.     Copenhagen, Denmark

Last Weekend: The Wildcats dropped its two matches up in the Bay Area to top-ranked Stanford, 7-1, and sixth-ranked California, 8-0. UA freshman Uzma Khan posted an upset victory over Stanford's 74th-ranked Gabriela Lastra, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, accounting for Arizona's lone point on the weekend. Saturday's lopsided score against California did not indicate how close the match really was. Five of the singles matches went a full three sets and in the top doubles spot, Arizona sophomore Lindsay Blau and junior Michelle Gough were outlasted by Cal's sixth-ranked team of Karoline Borgersen and Anita Kurimay, 8-6.

Last Season: Arizona finished the season with an overall record of 8-14 placing them sixth in the Pac-10 Conference. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by top-ranked Florida.

Cats in the Polls: The Wildcats moved up two spots to No. 18 in the April 12 edition of the WingspanBank.com rankings. UA jumped to 17th in the April 11 edition of Bob Larsen Coaches Poll. The fifth individual singles and doubles rankings of the season were released April 12, and sophomore Lindsay Blau earned her first ranking of the season (No. 73) after an upset win over Texas' 29th-ranked Janet Walker, 7-5, 6-2 Blau and doubles partner, junior Michelle Gough, dropped six spots to No. 10 with their 23-9 record. The Region VIII fall doubles title and runner-up at the Indoor Championships highlight their year. Gough and Blau are 4-2 against top 25 opponents this year. Uzma Khan fell to the 88th spot for her 16-12 record after rising to as high as 49th. An upset win over then top-ranked Zuzana Lesenarova in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, highlights her season to date. Gough fell out of the singles poll after entering the rankings at 91st in the Fe. 16. The 12th team rankings of the year will be released April 19. The sixth installment of the singles and doubles rankings will be available April 26.

For a complete list of rankings, visit the ITA website at www.ITAtennis.com

Head Coach: Brad Dancer is in 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 Coach: Kevin Epley comes to Arizona after serving as an assistant last year at Alabama. In addition to his duties at Arizona, Epley is involved in coaching at the professional tennis level including serving as an assistant for the Fed Cup team under head coach Billie Jean King.

Maes joins C.A.T.S. staff: Volunteer Assistant Vicky Maes stepped down as volunteer assistant tennis coach this past week. The move was prompted by her hiring in the C.A.T.S. office. Maes, a four-time tennis All-American, graduated from Arizona in 98 but not before becoming the most decorated player in the program's history. Maes was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, a GTE All-American, and was selected to the Pac-10 All-Decade team.

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