March 30, 2011
TUCSON - The No. 30 Arizona Wildcat women's tennis team is back on the road this weekend as they travel to Northern California to take on two Pac-10 opponents. The Cats (15-4, 2-1 Pac-10) are set to play the No. 10 California Golden Bears on Friday and the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday.
Last weekend, the Wildcats traveled to Seattle, Wash., to battle the 27th-ranked Washington Huskies. The Cats were edged on courts one and two of doubles play and on court three, senior Jane Huh and freshman Susan Mc Rann earned the Cats' only doubles win of the day. With Washington in the lead, 1-0, the team entered singles play where Arizona won three matches. Lacey Smyth, Mc Rann, and Huh earned the Cats' three singles points of the day. Arizona lost the match 4-3 and fell to 2-1 in Pac-10 play. Despite the loss, the Cats climbed one spot in the ITA national rankings. The Wildcats do not have any ITA ranked players at this time.
The Golden Bears currently have four singles players ranked in the ITA Top-100 and two doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top-25. In singles play, Jenna Juricova is ranked No. 2, Mari Andersson is ranked No. 18, Tayler Davis is ranked No. 46 and Annie Goransson is ranked No. 80. In doubles play, the team of Anderson and Juricova is ranked at No. 3 and the team of Goransson and Anette Schutting is ranked No. 25.
On Fri., April 1, the Cats will play California at Hellman Tennis Complex. Last weekend, the Golden Bears (12-5, 3-1 Pac-10) traveled to play No. 13 USC and No. 8 UCLA. In the match against USC, the Golden Bears dropped the doubles point, winning only one of the three matches. Cal came back strong in singles play and won five matches to defeat the Trojans, 5-2. Against UCLA, Cal won one of three singles matches and dropped the doubles point. The Golden Bears went on to win three of six singles matches and fell to the Bruins, 4-3.
Currently, Stanford has four ITA Top-25 ranked singles players and two ITA Top-30 ranked doubles teams. In singles action, Hilary Barte is ranked at No. 4, Nicole Gibbs is ranked at No. 12, Kristie Ahn is ranked at No. 17 and Mallory Burdette is ranked at No. 22. In doubles action, the team of Barte and Burdette is ranked at No. 2 and Ahn and Gibbs make up the team ranked at No. 30.
On Sat., April 2, Arizona will battle Stanford at Taube Family Tennis Center. Last weekend, the Cardinal (17-0, 4-0 Pac-10) defeated No. 13 USC and No. 8 UCLA. Against the Bruins, Stanford won all three doubles matches to take the early 1-0 lead. In singles action, the team won five of six singles matches to clinch the match, 6-1. Against the Trojans, Stanford won two of three doubles matches and five of six singles matches. The 6-1 victory over USC marked the Cardinal's 36th-consecutive win. Stanford's last loss came in February, 2010 to the UCLA Bruins.
The Cats are set to play California at 1:30 p.m. PT on Fri., April 1 at Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkley, Calif., and Stanford at 12 p.m. PT on Sat., April 2 at Taube Family Tennis Center in Palo Alto, Calif.