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Wildcats Open Spring Season
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/23/2009
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Jan. 23, 2009

Wildcats Open spring season against UC Davis

Date: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m. MST

Location: Tucson, Ariz.

Match Data: Arizona women's tennis kicks off the spring season against UC Davis on Saturday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center at 10:00 a.m.

UC Davis, led by head coach Bill Maze is currently 2-0 in spring play, defeating both Portland and Portland State.

"We are excited to finally start competing as a team." says Head Coach Vicky Maes. "The girls have worked hard and they are ready to play tough. We have looked forward to this since the fall and feel we can really make an impact as a team."

Cats in the rankings: Senior Danielle Steinberg is currently ranked No. 26 in the ITA preseason singles rankings.

Head Coach Vicky Maes: Vicky Maes enters her ninth year as the head women's tennis coach. One of the greatest players in Arizona women's tennis history, Maes has been at the University of Arizona since 1994. She got her start as a student-athlete, then continued on as a coordinator for the model Life Skills Program and has served as the head coach of the women's tennis team since October 2000. As a student-athlete, Maes was the squad's No. 1 singles and doubles player throughout her entire career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1996, as well as being tabbed a four-time first team All-Pac-10 selection. A native of Belgium, Maes has brought great success in her first eight seasons at the helm of the program. Maes led the Wildcats to team and/or individual postseason competition each year, won the 2003 Pac-10 Championships for the first time since 1994, and produced several first team All-Americans and All-Pac-10 players.

Returning Cats: Five players are returning to the Wildcats roster, including senior Danielle Steinberg, juniors Ariane Masschelein, Claire Rietsch, and Natalia Toporoska, and sophomore Jane Huh.

Welcoming the newcomers: The Wildcats welcome three new players to its roster: Debora Castany, Natasha Marks, and Sarah Landsman. In the fall season, Castany won her first two collegiate tournaments as a Wildcat.

The Wildcats also welcome to the team assistant coach Ryan Stotland. In his playing days, Stotland was a college standout at the University of New Mexico. He went from a walk on position to the number one player on the team. Under his leadership, the Lobos captured two conference titles. Individually, Stotland earned the highest accolades in history at UNM, becoming the highest ranked individual at number two in the NCAA in doubles. He was also a finalist at the Icy/Hot All American Championships.

Fall Action: The Wildcats participated in five tournaments during the fall semester, the New Mexico Invitational, the Cal Invitational, the Riveria All-American Main Draw & Qual, the San Diego State Fall Classic, and the ITA Regionals. At the New Mexico Invitational, freshman Debora Castany won her collegiate title, while fellow freshman Sarah Landsman and junior Ariane Masschelein won titles in the San Diego State Fall Classic

Up Next: Arizona will host in-state rival Northern Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

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