Oct. 23, 2002
The Wildcat women's tennis team will travel to the 2002 Omni Hotels Regional Tournament in San Diego, Calif., on Oct. 24-28. The Cats will compete with teams from UC Irvine, ASU, SDSU, UCSB, Pepperdine, and Hawaii. Competing for Arizona in bottom-half qualifying singles are sophomore Kelly Perry and freshman Kristy Randono, who will begin play on Thursday, Oct. 24. Randono and Perry will team up for qualifying doubles action on Thursday as well. Sophomores Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar will compete in top-half main singles play beginning on Friday, Oct. 25. Junior Debbie Larocque will compete in bottom-half main singles play Friday. Laorcque and Hollands will team up to compete in main doubles play Sunday.
The Riviera All-American
The Wildcats traveled to the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., to compete in the Riviera All-American on Oct. 7-13. Sophomore Marie-Pier Pouliot competed in the pre-qualifying singles bracket Sunday, Oct. 5, and was eliminated in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. She fell to Urska Juric of Missouri, 6-2, 6-2. In pre-qualifying doubles play, Pouliot teamed up with fellow sophomore Dianne Hollands. The duo was defeated in the first round by Katie Granson and Julia Smith of Duke, 8-1. In qualifying singles action on Tuesday, Oct. 8, Hollands fell in the first round to Virginia's Henriette Williams, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Junior Debbie Larocque also fell in the first round of qualifying singles action to Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, 6-0, 6-1. In main-draw doubles play on Thursday, Oct. 10, sophomore Maja Mlakar fell in the firstround to Tulsa's Alicia Pillay, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Mlakar teamed up with Larocque for main-draw doubles play, but the No. 4-seeded duo fell in the first roundto Linda Faltykova and Katia Koloynska of OK St., 8-4.
The Cats will rest for a week before heading to either the Fall Desert Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., or the NCAA Indoor Championships, on Nov. 8-10.
Head Coach Vicky Maes
Last year, in her first year of coaching at theUA since graduating from Arizona in 1999 with a BS in business administration, Coach Maes brough the Arizona women's tennis team from an initial national ranking of 54, to the team's final ranking of 19. In her second year as head coach, Maes hopes to further advance the team's success. In her arsenal of players, Maes has three singles players ranked among the preseason Top 100: Maja Mlakar at No. 13, Debbie Larocque at No. 42, and Dianne Hollands at No. 85. The doubles team of Mlakar and Hollands is ranked No. 4.