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No. 41 Wildcats Battle Two Top-50 Teams
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 23, 2011
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Feb. 23, 2011

TUCSON - The No. 41-ranked Arizona Wildcat women's tennis team is traveling to Boise, Idaho to take on two nationally ranked teams this weekend. Arizona (8-2) will be facing No. 42 Boise State on Fri., Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. On Sat., Feb. 26, the Cats will play No. 46 Saint Mary's at 10 a.m. Both matches will be held at Boise State's BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.

Last time out: The Wildcats hosted Utah and Rice last weekend, winning both matches. On Fri., Feb. 18, the Cats clinched the doubles point against Utah and went on to win five of six singles matches. Natasha Marks and Sarah Landsman defeated two nationally ranked singles players. Lacey Smyth, Kim Stubbe and Susan Mc Rann also won their singles matches to finish the day with a 6-1 win over Utah.

On Sat., Feb. 19, the Wildcats won the doubles point against Rice and again went on to clinch five of six singles matches. With two top-50 teams defeated, Arizona moved up 18 spots in the rankings from No. 59 to No. 41.

"We are looking forward to our weekend in Boise. We have two challenging matches lined up but we certainly feel we can do well if we continue to play as tough as we have in the past few weeks," said head coach Vicky Maes. "We will need to adjust to the indoors quickly, however, but I have a lot of confidence in our group. Doubles will continue to be an important aspect for us, but we have shown improvement week after week. I expect we will battle for every point regardless of the doubles outcome. Clearly, we have been very consistent in singles play so we compete on every level."

Scouting the Broncos: Last weekend, Boise State (7-2) defeated No. 74 Washington State, 5-2. The Broncos clinched the doubles point and four of six singles matches to win the match. Against Idaho, the Broncos swept doubles competition and went on to win five of six singles matches, winning the match 6-1.

Looking at the Gaels: Last weekend, Saint Mary's was scheduled to open at home but the match was called because of rain, canceling the Gaels only match of the weekend. The Gaels (2-5) have two nationally ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team. SMC senior Alex Poorta is ranked No. 46 in singles and sophomore Catherine Isip is ranked No. 77. In doubles, the team of Isip and freshman Laurie Gingras rank at No. 78.

Up Next: The Wildcats will return home for the weekend of March 4-5 to open Pac-10 play as they host Oregon and Washington State at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

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