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Wildcats return home to host No. 47 San Diego State and No. 57 Saint Mary's
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Release: 02/17/2010
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Feb. 17, 2010

No. 56 Arizona vs. No. 47 San Diego State
Noon |Saturday, Feb. 20
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

No. 56 Arizona vs. No. 57 Saint Mary's
11:30 a.m. |Sunday, Feb. 21
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

TUCSON--The Arizona women's tennis team returns home this weekend to host No. 47 San Diego State on Saturday, February 20 at noon and No. 57 Saint Mary's on Sunday at 11:30. Both matches will take place at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

"We are excited to be playing at home." Said head coach Vicky Maes, "SDSU and St. Mary's will be opportunity matches for us and we will have to play well all weekend to secure wins. The girls learned a lot from our experience in Houston, and I think it will help us through tough situations this weekend. There is no question that we are competing hard, but we still need to do a better job of staying focused throughout entire matches."

About the Aztecs: Last week, San Diego State (4-3, 0-0 MWC)) took a win and loss each against Hawai'i and Long Beach State. At home against Hawai'i, SDSU took a 4-3 victory with a win in Julia Trunk's win in the No. 1 position clinching the match. On Saturday the Aztecs lost 4-3 at Long Beach State.

About the Gaels: Last weekend the No. 57 ranked Saint Mary's College (5-1, 1-0 WCC) closed out a three-game homestead with a pair of wins over UC Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Against UCSB, the Gaels won 5-1 in singles-only play. Saint Mary's only loss for the day was in the No. 6 position. Sunday, they opened conference play with a 5-2 win over San Francisco. Saint Mary's will take on Arizona State in Tempe on Saturday, February 20 before heading down the I-10 to meet the Wildcats.

Last Time Out: The Cats headed to Houston, Texas last weekend to take on Rice and Texas Tech last weekend. Against Rice, Arizona (6-1, 0-0 Pac-10) struggled in both doubles and singles, losing 5-2. Sophomore Sarah Landman and freshman Alexandrina Naydenova's wins in the No. 2 and No. 4 spots, and Landsman's doubles upset with senior Claire Rietsch over the No. 44 ranked duo of Jackson and Rasch were the day's only highlights.

Arizona managed to rebound the next day with a 5-2 win over Texas Tech. Arizona took the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, and won four of six in singles, including sophomore Natasha Marks' 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Sandra Dynka in the No. 1 spot. Other Wildcat wins include Landsman's 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Kelsy Garland in the No. 2 spot and Rietsch's 7-5, 7-6 win over Caroline Starck at No. 5.

Returning Cats: Arizona has seven players returning to the Wildcat roster this season. Seniors Ariane Masschelein, Claire Rietsch, and Natalia Toporowska, junior Jane Huh, and sophomores Natasha Marks, Sarah Landsman, and Debora Castany.

New Additions: New to the Wildcat roster are freshmen Shannon Cassidy and Elizabeth Hammond, who joined up in the fall, and University of Georgia transfer Alexandrina Naydenova, who joined before spring play. Also joining the Wildcats is Volunteer Assistant Coach Danielle Steinberg, who led the Cats last season in the No. 1 singles position.

Head Coach Vicky Maes: Vicky Maes enters her ninth year as the head women's tennis coach. One of the greatest players in Arizona women's tennis history, Maes has been at the University of Arizona since 1994. She got her start as a student-athlete, then continued on as a coordinator for the model Life Skills Program and has served as the head coach of the women's tennis team since October 2000. As a student-athlete, Maes was the squad's No. 1 singles and doubles player throughout her entire career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1996, as well as being tabbed a four-time first team All-Pac-10 selection. A native of Belgium, Maes has brought great success in her first eight seasons at the helm of the program. Maes led the Wildcats to team and/or individual postseason competition each year, won the 2003 Pac-10 Championships for the first time since 1994, and produced several first team All-Americans and All-Pac-10 players.

Fall Action: In the fall semester, the Wildcats participated in seven events: the Miner Fall Invite, the New Mexico Invitational, the SDSU Fall Classic, the All-American Riviera, ITA Regionals, the Southwest Collegiate Invite, and the CSUN Invitational. At the Miner Fall Invite, Masschelein won out her singles flight, and at the ITA Regionals, No. 4 seed made it to the semifinal round.

Next Week: Next week Arizona hits the road again to Utah to face Brigham Young University on Friday, February 26 at 1pm and the University of Utah on Saturday, February 27 at 11am.

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