Feb. 10, 2004
Dropping in the Rankings: The Wildcats fell from No. 27 to No. 34 according to the ITA National Ranking Committee.
Taking the Week Off: The Wildcats (2-1) took last week off from competition as they prepared for their match on Thursday Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m against New Mexico (2-1). The match will take place at Arizona's home court, the Lanelle Robson Tennis Center. The Cats will then travel to Eugene, Ore. to take on Oregon (6-0) on Saturday Feb. 14 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Arizona women's tennis team hosted NAU, No. 35 Oklahoma, and No. 46 San Diego for their first three matches of the season. The Wildcats finished the matches with a record of 2-1 with wins over NAU and San Diego, and a loss to Oklahoma.
The Lobos: No. 51 New Mexico returns four players from last year's squad and welcomes four new faces. The Lobos finished last season with a 15-9 record and a No. 54 ranking. The Lobos' biggest threat comes in freshman Iva Gersic. Gersic holds the No. 83 ITA ranking and has an overall record of 13-3. Another top player for New Mexico is sophomore Maja Kovacek. The sophomore holds the No. 99 ranking and has a 9-5 singles record. The top doubles team for the Lobos is the pair of Kovac and senior Sandy Lukowski. The Lobos two wins came over NAU and DePaul. The Lobos only loss of the season was against No. 7 Northwestern. The Wildcats lead the series against the Lobos 13-0.
The Ducks: The match against the Ducks will be the first Pac-10 match for the Wildcats. No. 42 Oregon is comprised of six returning veterans and two newcomers. The Ducks top player is No. 8 ranked Daria Panova. Panova holds an 18-4 overall singles record. The Ducks' greatest threat in doubles is the No. 18 ranked team of Panova and junior Courtney Nagle. The undefeated Ducks received four of their six wins against ranked teams. Oregon has defeated No. 55 Sacramento State, University of Nevada at Reno, No. 57 Colorado, Portland, No. 61 Boise State, and No. 40 University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. The Ducks will take on No. 19 Arizona State on Feb. 12 for their first Pac-10 action of the season. Arizona has a 7-2 overall record against the Ducks.
So Far: Senior Debbie Larocque and junior Kelly Perry have posted the best results in the 2004 dual-match season. Both Wildcats were 3-0 in their singles matches in the 3rd and 5th position respectively in the first three matches of the season. Perry and Larocque also teamed up in the No. 2 doubles position for the Wildcats and earned a record of 3-0. The doubles team of Mlakar and Hollands also went 3-0 as they played in the first doubles position.