March 8, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 31 Arizona women's tennis team (4-5) traveled to Austin, Texas to take on the No. 10 Texas Longhorns (9-1). The Longhorns defeated the Wildcats, 4-3. Arizona won one of three doubles matches and three of six singles matches, giving Texas the overall win.
In doubles action, juniors Maja Mlakar and Dianne Hollands played in the first position and received the only doubles win for the Wildcats. The pair took on Texas's team of Katie Ruckert and Kendra Strohm and won, 8-4. Playing in the second position, the team of junior Kelly Perry and senior Debbie Larocque lost, 8-5, to the Longhorns' team of Petra Dizdar and Mia Marovic. On court 3, the team of freshman Jessie Rochefort and sophomore Iza Ferreira were defeated by Kelly Baritot and Ristine Olson in a tiebreak, 9-8 (5). The two doubles wins gave Texas the doubles point, and eventually became the deciding factor of the match.
No. 34 ranked junior Dianne Hollands returned to the first position against Texas. She defeated No. 18 ranked Petra Dizdar, 6-2, 6-2. In the second position, junior Maja Mlakar defeated Katie Ruckert, 6-3, 5-7, (10-6). On court three, senior Debbie Larocque fell to Kendra Strohm, 6-2, 6-1. In the fourth position, freshman Kasia Jakowlew was unable to win the second set and lost to Kelly Baritot, 6-0, 7-5. On court five, freshman Jessie Rochefort lost to Mia Marovic in two sets, 6-2, 6-0. In the final position, sophomore Iza Ferreira won her match against Ristine Olson, 6-3, 6-7, (10-4). Although the Wildcats were able to win three singles matches, Texas had secured the win early with the doubles point and three quick singles wins.
Arizona will return home to take on the No. 13 USC Trojans in the Lanelle Robson Tennis Center on Feb. 20. First serve is at 1:30 p.m.
1. Dianne Hollands (Arizona) def. Petra Dizdar (Texas), 6-2, 6-2 2. Maja Mlakar (Arizona) def. Katie Ruckert (Texas), 6-3, 5-7, (10-6) 3. Kendra Strohm (Texas) def. Debbie Larocque (Arizona), 6-2, 6-1 4. Kelly Baritot (Texas) def. Kasia Jokowlew (Arizona), 6-0, 7-5 5. Mia Marovic (Texas) def. Jessie Rochefort (Arizona), 6-2, 6-0 6. Iza Ferreria (Arizona) def. Ristine Olson (Texas), 6-3, 6-7, (10-4)
1. Hollands/Mlakar (Arizona) def. Ruckert/Strohm (Texas), 8-4 2. Dizdar/Marovic (Texas) def. Larocque/Kelly Perry (Arizona), 8-5 3. Baritot/Olson (Texas) def. Rochefort/Ferreria (Arizona), 9-8 (5)
Final Score: Texas 4, Arizona 3