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Arizona Women?s Tennis to Host a Pair of West Coast Conference Teams
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 01, 2005
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This Week for the Wildcats: No. 39 Arizona (3-0) will play host to the Loyola Marymount Lions (0-2), Feb. 4., at 1:30 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 5, the Cats will host No. 51 the San Diego Toreros (0-1) at 2 p.m.


Last Time Out: The Arizona’s Women’s Tennis (3-0) team upset then-No. 39 Sacramento State (1-2), 4-3, Saturday, Jan. 29.  The Wildcats swept the three doubles matches before splitting the singles matches, 3-3.


Two days prior to upsetting the Hornets, Arizona swept UTEP 7-0 in the Wildcats’ home-opener.


Against LMU: Friday’s match will be the first-ever meeting between Arizona and LMU.  Arizona senior Dianne Hollands defeated LMU’s Kimi Kaloi 6-1, 6-1 in the Round of 32 at the ITA Regionals in the fall.


Scouting the Lions:  LMU opened its season with losses to No. 4 UCLA and No. 64 Pacific.  Of its first 10 matches of the season, only one LMU opponent is not currently ranked in the top 75.  Coach Jamie Sanchez returns for his 31st season as coach of the Lions, coming off of an 11-12 year, in which his team finished third in the WCC.


Against San Diego: The Wildcats and Toreros are no strangers to one another.  Arizona has faced only three other non-Pac-10 opponents more than it has faced San Diego.  Over the years, the Wildcats hold a 9-0 advantage over San Diego.  Arizona has defeated the Toreros 6-1 in each of the last two years.


Scouting the Toreros: Saturday’s match will be San Diego’s second of the season after falling to No. 17 California.  Last season’s WCC runner-up comes to Tucson with No. 48-ranked Emma Murphy and five other returning letterwinners from last year’s squad.  Murphy is San Diego’s only ranked player, as well as its only international player.


In terms of rankings, the Toreros seem to lurk right around the half century-mark.  The last time San Diego broke into the top 40 at No. 38 was March 28, 2004, just two weeks after dropping out of the top 60.  Since that time, San Diego has been ranked between Nos. 41-54.


Streaking Cats: Sophomore Kasia Jakowlew’s streak of eight consecutive victories was snapped with a 6-4, 7-6 loss to Sacramento State’s Klara Petersson.  The loss is Jakowlew’s first since Nov. 11.  In doubles play, senior Kelly Perry and junior Stephanie Balzert have won eight consecutive matches after losing their first two matches of the fall.


The Doubles Point: In each of its three matches this year Arizona has won the doubles point.  The point, which is won when a team has won two of the three doubles matches, ended up being the difference in a 4-3 win against Sacramento State.


Even at the Top: Hollands and Balzert are tied for the team lead with 13 singles victories each, while freshman Camelia Todorova is not far behind with 12 wins.  Of the six players with more than seven singles matches played each boasts a winning percentage between .571 and .619


Wildcats in the Rankings: Hollands began the season ranked No. 23, while senior Maja Mlakar opened at No. 63. In doubles, Hollands and Mlakar rank No. 17. Of the top 40 singles players, 10 hail from Pac-10 schools. In addition, eight of the top 60 doubles pairs represent the Pac-10.


Hollands ranks No. 3 in the Western Region, while Mlakar is ranked No. 9.  Balzert is tied for the No. 30 spot in the regional rankings.


Individual rankings are next scheduled to be released Feb. 22.


Fall Action: After finishing the 2004 season ranked No. 39 as a team, Arizona entered the fall with high expectations. Hollands was ranked No. 7 nationally, and the pair of Hollands and Mlakar earned the billing of No. 1. Hollands finshed the fall with a singles record of 7-7, while Mlakar went 6-3. Balzert led the team with 10 wins. Freshman Camelia Todorova wrapped up her first taste of college tennis with a 8-7 record. In doubles play, Hollands and Mlakar went 6-5.


Next Week: Arizona will travel to the Southeast to face No. 51 South Alabama and No. 9 Tulane on Feb. 11 and Feb. 12, respectively.

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