May 3, 2011
TUCSON - For the first time since the 2007 season, the Arizona Wildcat women's tennis team has earned a bid to play in the NCAA Team Championships. In the opening round of play, Arizona (15-6) will face South Carolina (13-10) in Gainesville, Fla. Arizona is one of seven Pac-10 teams to earn a bid to the tournament.
"We are excited to once again be selected to go to the team tournament," said head coach Vicky Maes. "We've played hard all year and worked our way up the rankings steadily, securing our spot for the first time in several years. From the very first day, it was our goal to make it to nationals and we knew it was reachable with this group. I really couldn't be more proud of what they accomplished to get there. We are thrilled to be traveling to Florida to face a solid South Carolina team."
In the 2007 tournament, the Wildcats traveled to Atlanta, Ga. to play Kentucky. Arizona lost the match 4-0 and finished the season with a 9-14 record. Arizona's last team win in the tournament came in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament where the team upset BYU. Arizona was ranked No. 38 nationally while BYU was ranked at No. 28. The Wildcats won the match 4-1 and went on to play Stanford in the second round. Arizona lost to Stanford, 4-0, and finished the season with a 13-12 overall record.
Overall in the NCAA tournament, Arizona has a record of 11-16 with the team's best finish coming in 1993 when the Wildcats competed in the semifinals.
This season, Arizona earned its winningest record since Maes took the reins of the Wildcat program in 2001. During the postseason, five Wildcats competed in the Pac-10 Championships where freshman Susan Mc Rann competed in the invitational singles finals after defeating teammate Kim Stubbe in the semifinals. The Cats climbed as high as No. 26 in the ITA national rankings and are now ranked at No. 34.
South Carolina is ranked No. 35 nationally by the ITA and has two singles players and one doubles team ranked nationally. The Gamecocks' highest-ranked singles player is Anya Morgina who ranks 44th. Dijana Stojic makes the ITA rankings at 96th and with partner Dominika Kanakova is ranked at No. 84 in doubles.