April 10, 2009
The Arizona women's tennis team (10-8, 1-5 Pac 10) was unable to overcome strong singles play by No. 9 ranked USC (17-2, 7-1 Pac 10) Friday, losing 5-2.
The Wildcats started strong with two wins in doubles, winning two of the three matches.
Senior Danielle Steinberg and freshman Sarah Landsman defeated USC's Lyndsay Kinster and Sarah Fansler 8-5, while junior Ariane Masschelein and sophomore Jane Huh defeated Alison Ramos and Cristala Andrews 8-1.
"Today was extremely positive in many ways." Said head coach Vicky Maes, "We did a great job stepping up and putting ourselves in a position to win a huge match like this. We played very efficient doubles and convincingly won the doubles point."
In singles, the only win for the afternoon came from freshman Sarah Landsman in the No. 3 spot. Landsman defeated USC's Gabriela Niculescu 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
In the No. 4 spot, Masschelein came close to defeating Ramos, but was unable to come out on top in the third set, and lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
"Then we were in it on 1, 3, and 4, taking all matches to three sets yet only winning at 3." Said Maes, "We had tons of opportunities and for this I am pleased with our effort. Yet, at the same time, I think we also know we let a big team win slip away."
The Wildcats are in action again tomorrow at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, to take on the 11 ranked UCLA Bruins. The match is slated to start at noon.
1. Niculescu/Fink def. Marks/Rietsch 8-1
2. Steinberg/Landsman def. Fanster Kinster 8-5
3. Masschelein/Huh def. Ramos/Andrews 8-1
1. Sanchez def. Steinberg 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. Fink def. Marks 6-1, 6-4
3. Landsman def. Niculescu 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
4. Ramos def. Masschelein 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
5. Entekhabi def. Castany 6-0, 6-3
6. Kinster def. Huh 6-3, 6-2
Arizona women's tennis contact: Katie Roberts (email@example.com)