Feb. 13, 2010
HOUSTON--One day after a disappointing loss, the No. 56 ranked Arizona women's tennis team rebounded with a 5-2 win over Texas Tech.
In doubles play, Arizona (6-1, 0-0 Pac-10) took the point with wins in the No. 1 and 3 positions. In the No. 1 spot, sophomore Natasha Marks and freshman Alexandrina Naydenova defeated TTU's Kelsy Garland and Elizabeth Ullathorne 8-4. In the No. 3 spot, senior Ariane Masschelein paired with fellow senior Natalia Toporowska to take down Natalie Leitch and lorena Aviles 8-6.
With the 1-0 advantage, the Cats rolled into singles play, where they held Texas Tech (3-2, 0-0 Big 12) to only two wins. In the No. 1 spot, Marks defeated Sandra Dynka 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and in the No. 2 spot, sophomore Sarah Landsman rebounded easily from a loss in doubles play and defeated Garland 6-4, 6-2. In the No. 3 spot, Naydenova defeated Ullathorne 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, and senior Claire Rietsch defeated Caroline Starck 7-5, 7-6 in the No. 5 position.
Masschelein fell to TTU's Natalie Leitch 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 4 position, and junior Jane Huh also lost to Aviles 6-2, 6-4 in position 6.
"This was really a close battle, but our team responded and got the job done." Said head coach Vicky Maes, "Things didn't look good early in the singles. Nearly every court was far down in the first sets. However, we fought and fought and fought and slowly turned things our way. I'm just so proud of how we competed, even when we didn't play our best."
Up next, the Wildcats return home to host San Diego State on Saturday, February 20 at 11am. On Sunday the Cats host St. Mary's at 11:30. Both matches will take place at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Complete Results Doubles:
1. Marks/Naydenova UA def. Garland/Ullathorne TTU 8-4
2. Potgieter/Starck TTU def. Landsman/Rietsch 7-6
3. Masschelein/Toporowska UA def. Leitch/Aviles TTU 8-6
1. Marks UA def. Dynka TTU 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Landsman UA fed. Garland TTU 6-4, 6-2
3. Naydenova UA def. Ullathorne TTU 1-6, 6-4, 7-6
4. Leitch TTU def. Masschelein UA 1-6, 6-0, 6-1
5. Rietsch UA def. Starck TTU 7-5, 7-6
6. Aviles TTU def. Huh UA 6-2, 6-4