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Marks, Smyth in Quarterfinals at ITA Regionals
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/22/2011
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Oct. 21, 2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

Wildcat senior Natasha Marks (Nottingham, England) and sophomore Lacey Smyth (Oceanside, Calif.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Regionals in San Diego, Calif. on Friday after posting some impressive results.

Marks advanced after defeating San Diego’s Anna Depenau, Long Beach State’s Rachel Manasse and San Diego’s Laura Claus.

Smyth defeated UCSB’s Paola Cos, San Diego’s Cara Brown and Juliette Coupez to reach the quarterfinals.

"'Tash and Lacey are playing great tennis at the moment," Arizona head coach Vicky Maes said. "They both played consistent and dominated in early rounds, but they got really challenged by their third round opponents. Tash went down a set and 5-0 before truning things around a pulling out the win. Lacey, too, had the fight for every ball to get the win. I was proud of the way they battled."

In doubles, both of Arizonas teams, made it through the first round. The duo of Marks and Smyth routed Hawaii’s Pinterova and Suworowa, 8-1, while McRann and Johnson won in a close match over SDSU’s Cioffi and Somoracz, 9-7.

'I liked the energy between Tash and Lacey," Maes said. "Susan and Hailey need to make some adjustments tomorrow, but they did a fine job of closing out the match."

The Wildcats will return to the court on Saturday, Oct. 22 to continue tournament action.

Wildcat senior Natasha Marks (Nottingham, England) and sophomore Lacey Smyth (Oceanside, Calif.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Regionals in San Diego, Calif. on Friday after posting some impressive results.

Marks advanced after defeating San Diego’s Anna Depenau, Long Beach State’s Rachel Manasse and San Diego’s Laura Claus.

Smyth defeated UCSB’s Paola Cos, San Diego’s Cara Brown and Juliette Coupez to reach the quarterfinals.

'Tash and Lacey are playing great tennis at the moment. They both played consistent and dominated in early rounds, but they got really challenged by their third round opponents. Tash went down a set and 5-0 before truning things around a pulling out the win. Lacey, too, had the fight for every ball to get the win. I was proud of the way they battled,' said head coach Vicky Maes.

In doubles, both Arizona’s teams, made it through the first round. The duo of Marks and Smyth routed Hawaii’s Pinterova and Suworowa, 8-1, while McRann and Johnson won in a close match over SDSU’s Cioffi and Somoracz, 9-7.

'I liked the energy between Tash and Lacey. Susan and Hailey need to make some adjustments tomorrow but they did a fine job of closing out the match,' said Maes.

The Wildcats will return to the court on Saturday, Oct. 22 to continue tournament action.

For complete results and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women’s tennis, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.


Doubles Results

Johnson/McRann (Arizona) def. Cioffi/Somoracz (SDSU), 9-7

Marks/Smyth (Arizona) def. Pinterova/Suworowa (Hawaii), 8-1



 

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