This Week for the Wildcats: No. 50 Arizona (6-10, 0-5) returns home for the final time this year to take on No. 21 Washington (12-7, 1-3) on Friday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 68 Washington State (9-10, 0-4) at noon on Saturday, April 9.
Saturday’s match will mark the last time Dianne Hollands, Maja Mlakar, and Kelly Perry’s compete at Robson Tennis Center.
Last Time Out: Last weekend, UA went to the Bay Area where No. 19 California and No. 1 Stanford awaited. Arizona took the doubles point from the Golden Bears, before failing to win any singles matches. The following day, the Cats suffered another 6-1 loss, but the match against the Cardinal was highlighted with two upsets. First, then-No. 37 Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar knocked off No. 12 Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette in doubles. Then, in singles play, unranked Kelly Perry upset No. 16 Burdette on court four.
Against Washington: At 10-3, UW is one of just two Pac-10 programs Arizona has a winning record against. Last year, the Huskies handed the Cats a heart-breaking 4-3 defeat at Robson Tennis Center.
Scouting the Huskies: After beginning the year 10-1, UW is just 2-6 since its fast start. The Huskies have won four matches against teams currently ranked in the top 30, and have not lost to a team ranked lower than 40.
The UW lineup features two ranked singles players. No. 16 Dea Sumantri leads the pack, along with No. 54 Dinka Hadzic.
Against Washington State: WSU is the other Pac-10 opponent that the Cats have had continued success against, with a 9-1 mark. Last season, the Cougars were the one of two opponents UA defeated in conference play. Arizona currently has a three match winning streak over the Cougars, dating back to 2002.
Scouting the Cougars: Like the Cats, WSU has yet to win a conference match. The Cougars have won seven of their previous eight non-conference matches, but No. 73 San Diego was WSU’s only victory over a ranked opponent.
No. 71 Ekaterina Burduli is State’s only ranked player in singles or doubles.
The Doubles Point: Although Arizona is not winning the doubles point as consistently as it once was, doubles remains a good indicator of which team will win the match. The Wildcats are 6-4 when winning the doubles point, but drop to 0-6 when opponents capture the best of three doubles series.
Senior Leaders: Seniors Dianne Hollands, Maja Mlakar and Kelly Perry are a combined 29-17 in singles dual match play this year. Non-seniors are a combined 16-33.
Ranked Cats: Dianne Hollands is ranked No. 40, while Maja Mlakar returns to the rankings at No. 87. Together, Hollands and Mlakar are ranked 32nd in doubles.
Comeback Kid: Of sophomore Kasia Jakowlew’s 11 victories this year, five of the wins have come when she lost the first set, but came back to win the next two.
Nearing the Century Mark: Dianne Hollands needs five more singles victories to have won 100 singles matches in her four-year career. She began the year with 74 wins and has 21 victories this season entering this week.
Fall Action: After finishing the 2004 season ranked No. 39 as a team, Arizona entered the fall with high expectations. Dianne Hollands was ranked No. 7 nationally, and the pair of Hollands and Maja Mlakar earned the billing of No. 1. Hollands finshed the fall with a singles record of 7-7, while Mlakar went 6-3. Junior Stephanie Balzert led the team with 10 wins. Freshman Camelia Todorova wrapped up her first taste of college tennis with an 8-7 record. In doubles play, Hollands and Mlakar went 6-5.
Next Week: Arizona will wrap up regular season play against in-state rival Arizona State in Tempe on Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m.