March 12, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz.--The No. 59 University of Arizona women's tennis team bounced back with a win Friday after two tough losses last weekend. The Wildcats topped the University of Memphis Tigers, 6-1 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Arizona clinched the doubles point and five out of the six singles matches.
"Today's match against Memphis was a good comeback showing for our team," said head coach Vicky Maes. "The girls played relaxed and took care of their courts. We did a nice job in the doubles and kept up the momentum through the singles. Next up is Oregon, which will be a great challenge to face at home."
The Wildcats started the afternoon by clinching all three doubles matches. In the No. 1 position, sophomore Natasha Marks and Alexandrina Naydenova defeated seniors Ashley Murdock and Marjorie Ondeck 8-1. The Wildcat duo went up 1-0 and the Tigers tied at 1-1, but it was all Wildcats after that with Marks and Naydenova earning the next seven points for the win.
Seniors Natalia Toporowska and Claire Rietsch clinched the doubles point after they took care of business on court against senior Amanda Brown and freshman Andrea Argues-Garcia. The Wildcat pair won 8-3 to secure the point for the Wildcats.
On court three, senior Ariane Masschelein and sophomore Sarah Landsman battled freshman Courtney Collins and freshman Kelly Gray into a tiebreaker. The Wildcats ended up on top though with an 8-7 (4) victory.
In singles action, Masschelein defeated Collins 6-3, 6-2 on court four in two straight sets to help the Wildcats go up 2-0. On court two, Tiger's Ondeck won the match after Naydenova lost by an injured retirement 5-2 in the second set. Naydenova won the first set 6-3 to give the Tiger's their only point of the day.
Toporowska earned the Wildcats their third point of the day to go up 3-1. The Toronto, Ontario native rebounded in her second and third after losing her first set 6-3 to Gray. Toporowska swept her second set 6-0 and down Gray in the third 6-1.
In the No. 5 spot, Rietsch clinched the victory for the Wildcats after she defeated Argues-Garcia in two sets, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 106 ranked Landsman battled Collins in the No. 2 spot in three sets. In the first set Landsman swept Collins 6-0. Collins responded though with three consecutive points to begin the second match and defeated Landsman 6-2. In the third, the two tied at 2-2, but after that it was all Landsman as she took the next four points to earn the 6-2 win.
On court one, Memphis's Murdock took No. 89 Marks to three sets as well. Marks lost the first set 6-2, but responded in the second set by sweeping Murdock 6-0. The Nottingham, England native took it Murdock in a similar fashion by topping her in the third 6-1, to earn the sixth and final point for the Wildcats.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 9-4, 0-2 Pac-10. Memphis drops to 7-11.
Arizona hosts Oregon tomorrow at noon.
No. 59 Arizona vs. Memphis Results
No. 59 Arizona 6, Memphis 1
1. Marks/Naydenova (UA) def. Murdock/Ondeck (UM) 8-1
2. Toporowska/Rietsch (UA) def. Brown/Argues-Garcia (UM) 8-3
3. Masschelein/Landsman (UA) def. Collins/Gray (UM) 8-7 (4)
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
1. No. 89 Natasha Marks (UA) def. Ashley Murdock (UM) 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
2. No. 106 Sarah Landsman (UA) def. Courtney Collins (UM) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
3. Marjorie Ondeck (UM) def. Alexandrina Naydenova (UA) 3-6, 5-2 (retired (inj.))
4. Ariane Masschelein (UA) def. Amanda Brown (UM) 6-3, 6-2
5. Claire Rietsch (UA) def. Andrea Argues-Garcia (UM) 6-2, 6-2*
6. Natalia Toporowska (UA) def. Kelly Gray (UM) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4,3,6,5,2,1