TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s tennis team (5-4, 0-1) lost to defending National Champion Stanford (11-0, 4-0), 6-1, at Robson Tennis Center today. The Wildcats began the afternoon by winning the doubles point, before losing all six singles matches.
In doubles play, Arizona seniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar defeated No. 10 Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette, 8-4, at the one, to improve to 9-0 in dual match play. UA clinched the doubles point when sophomore Jessie Rochefort teamed with senior Kelly Perry to defeat Whitney Deason and Lejla Hodzic, 8-5, in the No. 3 position. This was the first time that Perry and Rochefort played together this year, but the pair went 5-3 in the No. 3 position last year. This marks just the second time in Stanford’s 11 matches that the team has lost the doubles point. The other loss came against UCLA, which has two ranked pairs.
Of the doubles victory, Head Coach Vicky Maes said, “We made a good adjustment in doubles today. At the three, we went back to a pair we had last year. Hopefully that adjustment will take some of the pressure off of the two, so we can have a really strong first and third positions.”
In singles play, although UA lost five of the six matches in straight sets, there was plenty of excitement on Court One. No. 33 Hollands nearly knocked off the back-to-back defending National Champion singles player Amber Liu in a three-set thriller. Hollands captured the first set, 6-3, before going up 3-0 in the second set. Liu then proceeded to take the next six games, winning the second set, 6-3.
The third set was decided by a super tiebreaker, in which the first player to win 10 points wins the match. Liu survived several scares from Hollands who refused to give in. Hollands came back from being down 8-3 to trail by just two points, at 9-7. Liu won the following point, winning the match 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.
“Dianne put herself in a very good position to beat a two-time national champion today. When you do that, you can’t afford to hold anything back,” Maes said. “My guess is that she probably started thinking and overanalyzing things, which is when things went bad.”
Five of Stanford’s six singles players are currently ranked in the top 30.
Arizona plays tomorrow against No. 17 California at Robson Tennis Center, beginning at noon.
Stanford 6, Arizona 1
1. Mlakar/Hollands (UA) def. No. 10 Barnes/Burdette (STAN) 8-4
2. Liu/Yelsey (STAN) def. Balzert/Jakowlew (UA) 8-3
3. Perry/Rochefort (UA) def. Deason/Hodzic (STAN) 8-5
- No. 28 Amber Liu (STAN) def. No. 33 Dianne Hollands (UA) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
- No. 22 Alice Barnes (STAN) def. Stephanie Balzert (UA) 6-1, 6-2
- No. 14 Erin Burdette (STAN) def. Kelly Perry (UA) 7-6, 6-3
- No. 27 Theresa Logar (STAN) def. Kasia Jakowlew (UA) 6-1, 6-2
- No. 30 Whitney Deason (STAN) def. Camelia Todorova (UA) 6-2, 6-2
- No. 94 Anne Yelsey (STAN) def. Jessie Rochefort (UA) 6-1, 6-0