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Wildcats Travel to Ann Arbor for the Wolverine Fall Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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This Weekend: Arizona changes climates this weekend, heading east to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Wolverine Fall Invitational. The four-team competition includes Texas A&M, Richmond, Arizona, and the host school, Michigan. The tournament features two singles players ranked in the Fall ITA rankings, 43rd-ranked Martina Nedorstova of Texas A&M and Michigan's Brooke Hart, who is tied at the 102nd -ranked position.

The Lineup:
Name              Yr.     Hometown
Vanessa Abel      Sr.     Tucson, Arizona
Lindsay Blau      So.     Ossining, New York
Joanna Buczkowska Jr.     Zakopane, Poland
Michelle Gough    Jr.     Johannesburg, South Africa
Laresa Marino     So.     San Diego, California
Carly Stringer    So.     Launton, Bicester, England
Brooke Taylor     So.     Newport Beach, California
Uzma Kahn         Fr.     Hyderabad, India
Siri Fomsgaard    Fr.     Copenhagen, Denmark
Last Weekend: The Wildcats enjoyed a solid showing last weekend at the San Diego State Invitational. Sophomore Brooke Taylor and freshman Uzma Khan each won her respective singles brackets. In doubles action, senior Michelle Gough and sophomore Lindsay Blau captured the doubles title in the top-flight bracket.

Last Season: Arizona finished the season with an overall record of 8-14 placing them sixth in the Pac-10 Conference. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by top-ranked Florida.

Cats in the Polls: In the ITA preseason rankings, the duo of Lindsay Blau and Uzma Kahn are ranked No. 36 in the nation. Team rankings will not be released until later in the fall.

Head Coach: Brad Dancer begins his first year as head coach at Arizona replacing Stephanie London. Dancer played No. 1 singles and doubles at Michigan State, graduating with a degree in business in 1993. In his time at Michigan State, Dancer was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten member and was selected to the All-Big Ten team his senior year. Dancer's professional coaching highlights include serving as an assistant for the 1996 Fed Cup team.

Assistant Coaches: Kevin Epley and Vicky Maes round out the coaching staff for the Wildcats this season. Epley comes to Arizona after serving as an assistant last year at Alabama. In addition to his duties at Arizona, Epley is involved in coaching at the professional tennis level including serving as an assistant for the Fed Cup team under head coach Billie Jean King. Maes, a four-time tennis All-American, returns to her alma mater as a volunteer assistant. Maes graduated from Arizona in 98 but not before becoming the most decorated player in the program's history. Two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, GTE All-American, and a selection to the Pac-10 All-Decade team are accolades that highlighted her illustrious career at Arizona.


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