This Week for the Wildcats: No. 51 Arizona (7-11, 1-6) heads up the I-10 West Saturday to take on in-state rival No. 24 Arizona State (9-7, 4-3) to conclude the regular season.
With a win, Arizona would surpass last year’s win total of seven and tie its 1-6 Pac-10 record from 2004.
Last Time Out: Last weekend, UA notched its first Pac-10 victory of the year with a 7-0 sweep of Washington State. The win was punctuated with an emotional 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) win for senior No. 40 Dianne Hollands in her final home match. On Saturday, the Wildcats fell to Washington, 4-3. Hollands upset No. 16 Dea Sumantri in two sets, and senior Maja Mlakar knocked off No. 54 Dinka Hadzic in the second position.
Against Arizona State: The Sun Devils have a 27-17 edge over the years between the two Grand Canyon State schools. Last time out, ASU snuck out of Tucson with a 4-3 victory. In that match, seven of the 14 singles sets in the contest went 12 games. At the time of the last match, ASU was one of just two teams to take the doubles point from the Wildcats, which proved to be the difference in the match.
Scouting the Sun Devils: ASU is fresh off of a 5-2 upset of then-No. 21 Washington and a 7-0 sweep of Washington State. The week prior, the Sun Devils traveled to Berkley, Calif., where they knocked California out of the top 20 with a 4-3 decision.
Senior Leaders: Seniors Dianne Hollands, Maja Mlakar and Kelly Perry are a combined 34-18 in singles dual match play this year. Non-seniors are a combined 19-36.
Dependable Doubles: After going 6-5 in the fall, Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar are 17-3 this spring. The pair has played in the first position for every dual match, and has defeated four pairs in the top 15. Hollands and Mlakar rode a 10-match win streak from Jan. 21 until March 9, when the streak was broken by ASU’s Kady Pooler and Lauren Colalillo. Since a 9-7 defeat at the hands of UCLA’s No. 3 Riza Zalameda and Daniela Bercek on March 25, the senior pair of Wildcats has won five straight matches.
Ranked Cats: Dianne Hollands is ranked No. 40, while Maja Mlakar returns to the rankings at No. 87. Together, Hollands and Mlakar are ranked No. 32 in doubles.
Comeback Kid: Of sophomore Kasia Jakowlew’s 12 victories this year, five of the wins have come when she lost the first set, but came back to win the next two.
Nearing the Century Mark: Dianne Hollands needs three more singles victories to have won 100 singles matches in her four-year career. She began the year with 74 wins and has 23 victories this season entering this week.
Fall Action: After finishing the 2004 season ranked No. 39 as a team, Arizona entered the fall with high expectations. Dianne Hollands was ranked No. 7 nationally, and the pair of Hollands and Maja Mlakar earned the billing of No. 1. Hollands finshed the fall with a singles record of 7-7, while Mlakar went 6-3. Junior Stephanie Balzert led the team with 10 wins. Freshman Camelia Todorova wrapped up her first taste of college tennis with an 8-7 record. In doubles play, Hollands and Mlakar went 6-5.
Next Week: Arizona will travel to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships April 21-24.