April 24, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Head coach Vicky Maes and the No. 27 Arizona women’s tennis team (15-8, 5-5) will travel to Ojai, Calif. to compete in the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, beginning on Thursday, April 26 and continuing through Sunday, April 29.
The Championships will take place at Ojai Valley Athletic Club for the first two rounds and then move to Libbey Park for the semifinal and final rounds.
The Wildcats have been rolling after blanking all three of their last opponents, defeating Colorado, Utah and Arizona State without losing a singles match and winning all doubles points. Arizona concluded a successful regular season after going undefeated at home and posting a 15-8 record.
Ten of the 11 Pac-12 women’s tennis teams are ranked in the ITA D1 Women’s National Team Rankings. UCLA is the country’s top team, USC is No. 4, Stanford is No. 5, California is No. 8, Washington State is No. 31, Arizona State is No. 36, Utah is No. 40, Washington is No. 52 and Oregon is No. 68.
In addition, the Pac-12 has nine singles players ranked in the top-25, more than any other conference.
The Championships will decide Pac-12 singles and doubles champions in a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw.
The singles draw will feature three players from each of the top-10 schools and two players from the 11th-place school. The doubles draw will feature one team from each school and five additional teams selected by the Draw Committee.
The Pac-12 Championships will keep with tradition as the featured event at this year’s 112th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, which attracts 1,600 of the best college, junior and open players from the Western states.
The annual event, started by William Thacher in 1896, has been played at the same site and interrupted only five times. If this tournament, put on entirely by volunteer efforts on public and privately owned courts, seems an unlikely place to see championship quality players, consider who has appeared here: Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Rick Leach, Tracy Austin, Billy Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors and the Bryan twins.
These tennis greats are among more than 85 former players at The Ojai who have gone on to win one or more Grand Slam events as professional tennis players, all of whom are listed on Libbey Park’s “Wall of Fame.”
For complete results and continued coverage of Arizona Women’s Tennis, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.