Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Tennis Travels to Southern California
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Sept. 17-19 	at William & Mary Invitational	Williamsburg,VA 	all day
Oct. 8-10	at San Diego State Invitational	San Diego CA		all day
Oct. 15-17	University of Michigan Invit.	Ann Arbor,MI		all day
Nov. 11-14	at ITA Regional			Irvine, CA		all day
Jan. 7-9	at Pac-10 Indoor Championships	Seattle, WA		all day
 		New Mexico						W, 7-2
		San Diego						W. 7-2
		Kansas State						W, 8-1	
Jan. 28		UCLA*				Tucson, AZ  		W, 5-4
Jan. 29		USC*				Tucson, AZ   		L, 0-9
Feb.6		TEXAS-EL PASO			Tucson, AZ  		W, 7-2
Feb.11		TEXAS TECH			Tucson, AZ 		W, 9-0
Feb. 20		at Oregon*			Eugene, OR   		L, 4-5
Feb. 26		at Arizona State*		Tempe, AZ   		L, 0-9
Mach.  3	CALIFORNIA*			Tucson, AZ   		L, 2-7
March  4	STANFORD*			Tucson, AZ		L, 0-9	
March  7	MARQUETTE			Tucson, AZ  		1:30 p.m.
March  10	at USC*				Los Angeles  		2:30 p.m. 
March  11	at UCLA*			Los Angeles  		Noon PT  1	at Texas			Austin, TX   		Noon CST
April  7	WASHINGTON STATE*		Tucson, AZ		1:30 p.m.
April  8	WASHINGTON*			Tucson, AZ		Noon
April  14	at Stanford*			Palo Alto		1:30 p.m. PST
April 15	at California*			Berkeley, CA		Noon PST
April .22	ARIZONA STATE*			Tucson, AZ		1 p.m.
April 27-30	at Pac-10 Championships		Ojai, CA		all day
May 13-14	at NCAA Regionals		TBA	
May 18-21	at NCAA Team Championships	Malibu, CA		TBA
May 22-26	at NCAA Individual Championship	Malibu, CA		TBA

*	Indicates Pac-10 contest
All times local to site and  subject  to change. 	

Arizona Tennis Information:
Releases and results can be obtained in the following ways:

Info Connection: From the handset of your fax machine dial 1-800-300-2050. The Pac-10 pass code is 72210. The release is under document number 1480 and results under 1481.

World Wide Web: The University of Arizona athletics department web site is :

Arizona Schedule Hotline: For a weekly update on the sports schedules at the UA call 520-621-0909.

For additional information, contact women's tennis SID Darren Moradian at 520-621-4163. To contact head coach Brad Dancer you can call the tennis office at 520-621-4915.

Next Match: Arizona travels to No. 7 USC and No. 14 UCLA next weekend. The Wildcats split the matches with the schools in the first meeting in Tucson. UA upset then sixth-ranked UCLA, 5-4, and fell to USC, 9-0, the following day.

This Weekend: Arizona (6-5, 1-5 in Pac-10) looks to snap a four- match losing skid when it travels out west this weekend to take on UCLA and USC. The Wildcats make their first stop in Westwood for a match with 14th-ranked UCLA Bruins. The Bruins (8-3, 1-3 in Pac-10) are out to avenge an early-season loss to the Wildcats in Tucson. UA upset UCLA by taking two of the three doubles matches which proved to be the difference in a 5-4 victory. Since then, the Bruins have won six of their last eight matches including a five- match winning streak. Back-to-back 5-4 victories over seventh-ranked USC and ninth-ranked Texas and a near upset of third-ranked Georgia have the Bruins back on track after a slow start. UCLA is led by freshman Sara Walker, who boasts a team-leading 24-5, record earning her a No. 17 ranking. One of Walker's victories came against Arizona freshman Uzma Khan, 7-5, 6-1. Freshman Abigail Spears (No. 89) and senior Amanda Basica (No. 94) round out the list of ranked Bruins. The doubles team of Walker and Basica are 36th in the latest polls. Against Arizona, the duo fell to Lindsay Blau and Michelle Gough, 8-5. UCLA leads the series 40-8.

USC (8-3, 2-2 in Pac-10) enters the weekend looking to bounce back from a loss to crosstown rival UCLA. The Bruins were trailing 4-2 before posting a 5-4 comeback victory. In their first meeting with the Cats, the Trojans did not drop a set en route to a 9-0 win over Arizona. USC holds a 28-15 series advantage over the Wildcats. Freshman Jewel Peterson leads the Trojans with a No. 9 ranking. Senior Jacqui Boyd (No. 42) is the only other ranked Trojan.

The Wildcats are 5-5 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 matches to top-ranked Stanford (9-0) and second-ranked California (7-2). Highlighting the weekend for the Wildcats was Lindsay Blau and Michelle Gough's 8-4 doubles victory over the Bears' Claire Curran and Amy Jensen in a rematch of the ITA Indoor Doubles Championships that Cal's duo won. Sophomore Laresa Marino made her return to the Arizona lineup against Cal after being sidelined with an injury. Marino defeated Jenny Lee, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Coach's Corner:
"For the second straight weekend, we face two of the nation's best teams in USC and UCLA. Having lost four matches in a row, it is crucial for us to capture a win on the road this week. It would be a real shot in the arm for our program.

"Playing the toughest schools requires every player to raise her game another level and battle through the entire match.

"USC has proved that it is one of the top teams in the country. Top to bottom, there are no weaknesses in its lineup.

"UCLA has proven that it's back on track after a slow start. The Bruins have some key wins over Texas and crosstown rival USC.

"This past weekend was a great learning experience for us. Stanford has the best program in the country for a reason. Their business-like attitude on the court is something that we want here.

"Despite the losse,s there were some encouraging signs that we are making progress. Lindsay and Michelle had a great doubles win and Laresa (Marino) captured a victory in her first match back from an injury."

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 remained in 26th in the March 1 edition of the rankings. After dropping its last two matches to Stanford and California, UA dropped to 27th in the March 7 edition of the Bob Larsen Coaches Poll. The second individual singles and doubles rankings of the season were released March 1, and junior Michelle Gough earned a No. 62 ranking with a 12-7 overall record. Gough and doubles partner sophomore Lindsay Blau received a No. 19 ranking. Uzma Khan was rewarded for her 15-9 record jumping into the polls No. 49. An upset win over then top-ranked Zuzana Lesenarova in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, highlights her season to date. The fifth team rankings of the year along with singles and doubles will be released March 8. For a complete list of rankings, visit the ITA website at

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 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 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, a four-time tennis All-American, returns to her alma mater as a volunteer assistant. Maes 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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