March 2, 2004
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Back at Home: The No. 31 ranked Arizona women's tennis team will play in its first home match since Feb. 12. The Wildcats will take on No. 9 California on Friday March 5 at 1:30 p.m. The Cats will then take on the No. 1 ranked Stanford Cardinal on Saturday March 6 at 12:00 p.m.
In-State Upset: In their only match last week, the Wildcats upset No. 25 ASU with a victory of 5-2. Arizona took two of three doubles matches and four of six singles matches to beat the Sun Devils in Tempe on Saturday.
The Golden Bears: The No. 9 California Golden Bears (8-3) will bring a very experienced lineup with six seniors, one junior, one sophomore, and two freshman. The Golden Bears have a tough lineup with five singles players ranked in the ITA top 100. The top player for Cal is No. 2 senior Raquel Kops-Jones. The senior has a 16-3 singles record. The only underclassman to be ranked for the Golden Bears is No. 21 Sasha Podkolzina. California will also bring three ranked seniors in No. 79 Jieun Jacobs, No. 88 Catherine Lynch, and No. 94 Jody Scheldt. The highest ranked opponent that California defeated is No. 16 Texas A&M University. The Bears lost to No. 1 Stanford, 6-1. Last season, the Wildcats went 1-1 against California. The Cats won at home, 4-3. The Cats are 9-27 against the Bears in the all-time series.
The Cardinal: The No.1 Stanford Cardinal (10-0) has yet to be beaten in the dual-match season. The Cardinal will look similar to last year's squad as they welcome back nine veterans. Stanford has added two freshman newcomers to the roster. The Cardinal boasts the toughest lineup in the country with seven ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team. Stanford's top player is No. 12 ranked junior Erin Burdette. Burdette currently holds a record of 11-2. The Cardinal's six remaining ranked players are No. 16 sophomore Alice Barnes, No. 24 senior Lauren Barnikow, No. 26 freshman Theresa Logar, No. 55 junior Story Tweedie-Yates, No. 61 sophomore Amber Liu, and No. 73 senior Emilia Anderson. The only ranked doubles team for the Cardinal is the No. 24 team of Emilia Anderson and Anne Yelsey. The Cardinal has earned a 10-0 record by beating top-ten opponents such as No. 2 Georgia, No. 8 Washington, and No. 9 California. Last season the Wildcats went 0-2 against Stanford. The Cats lost 1-6 in both matches. The Cats are 1-40 against the Cardinal in the all-time series. The Cats only win against Stanford came on Feb. 21 in 1987 when Arizona won 5-4.
Ranked Wildcats: The Wildcats as a team went up in the rankings from No. 40 to No. 31. Junior Dianne Hollands is ranked No. 34. Junior Maja Mlakar is now ranked No. 66. The juniors as a team are ranked No. 18.
Undefeated Cats: Junior Kelly Perry is the only undefeated Wildcat left for the 2004 dual-match season. Perry is now 6-0 in singles matches in the 5th position. No. 18 ranked juniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar have teamed up in the No. 1 doubles position for the Wildcats and have earned a record of 5-0.