Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Come Back Strong
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 05, 2011
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Feb. 5, 2011

TUCSON - After a tough loss to the Fresno State Bulldogs the Wildcat women's tennis team came back to defeat the University of Nevada, Reno, 6-1.

In doubles Natasha Marks and Sarah Landsman teamed up to defeat Emma Verberne and Lais Ogata, 8-1. The freshman duo of Kim Stubbe and Lacey Smyth lost to Michelle Okhremchuk and Gabriela Eufrasio, 9-8. The team of Susan Mc Rann and Jane Huh beat Sophie Stevens and Aodhnait Lombardo, 9-8, earning the Cats the doubles point.

In the No. 1 position of singles Smyth beat Veberne, 6-4, 6-0. Marks took on Okhremchuk in the No. 2 spot and won 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. Landsman played in the No. 3 position and beat Lombard, 6-3, 6-1. Mc Rann defeated Ogata, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, in the No. 4 position. In the No. 5 position Huh defeated Eufrasio, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The only singles loss of the night came from Debora Castany, who lost to Stevens in the No. 6 spot, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1.

"The team did a great job of closing matches today," said head coach Vicky Maes. "It started with really competitive doubles where we were able to gain the edge only at the very end. We felt good going into singles but four of those matches went to three tough sets. We truly had to battle for every point. In the end, I was happy to see five of the singles go our way. It was a good way to end a very intense weekend and I think our team definitely gained valuable experience going into next week."

The Cats continue to travel as the take on the San Diego State Aztecs on February 11 in San Diego.

Fresno, Calif. 

Wathen Tennis Center
No. 50 Arizona 6 University of Nevada, Reno 1

1. Marks/Landsman (UA) def. Verberne/Ogata (UNR) 8-1
2. Okhremchuk/Eufrasio (UNR) def. Stubbe/Smyth (UA) 9-8
3. Mc Rann/Huh (UA) def. Stevens/Lombard (UNR) 9-8

1. Lacey Smyth (UA) def. Emma Verberne (UNR) 6-4 6-0
2. Natasha Marks (UA) def. Michelle Okhremchuk (UNR) 6-2 4-6 6-0
3. Sarah Landsman (UA) def. Aodhnait Lombard (UNR) 6-3 6-1
4. Susan Mc Rann (UA) def. Lais Ogata (UNR) 3-6 6-3 7-6
5. Jane Huh (UA) def. Gabriela Eufrasio (UNR) 3-6 6-3 6-2
6. Sophie Stevens (UNR) def. Debora Castany (UA) 6-4 6-7 6-1

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