April 10, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
No. 75 Arizona women’s tennis (9-11, 1-6 Pac-12) will compete at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center for the final time this season when No. 13 Stanford (14-3, 6-1 Pac-12) visits on Friday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. MST, and No. 11 California (12-5, 6-1 Pac-12) on Saturday at noon.
Arizona’s record at home is 7-3 this season. Against ranked opponents, Arizona is 4-10.
After weekend losses to No. 5 USC and No. 6 UCLA, Arizona stands 10th in the Pac-12 standings while Stanford and California are tied at second in the conference.
Against UCLA last Friday, UA junior Kim Stubbe (Mol, Belgium) upset No. 110 Pamela Montez, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 2 singles spot. The win was Stubbe’s third-consecutive singles victory and fourteenth singles win of the season.
Arizona junior Akilah James (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also recorded a win in singles over UCLA’s Courtney Dolehide, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot. James’ singles record improved to 12-6 for the season.
Stubbe and James also paired up in doubles play in Saturday’s USC match and held a 6-5 lead over No. 30 DeSimone/Scandalis at the No. 2 spot. The match was called off when USC claimed the doubles point.
In the singles round, Arizona freshman Shayne Austin (Oak Park, Calif.) picked up a win over USC’s Ellie Yates at the No. 5 spot.
Junior Lacey Smyth (Oceanside, Calif.) is ranked at No. 74 in singles rankings and has competed at the No. 1 singles spot all season. Smyth holds a 15-6 singles record.
In last season’s meeting in Palo Alto, Calif., Arizona suffered a 4-0 loss against the Cardinal. Arizona has yet to earn a win over Stanford in the past five meetings.
Stanford heads into Tucson riding a three-match winning streak. The Cardinal’s latest victory came earlier this week against Hawaii as Stanford shut the Warriors out, 7-0. Stanford’s away record is 3-4.
Five Cardinal players are ranked in singles. No. 15 Krista Hardebeck ranks highest among all Cardinal players and she has competed at the No. 3 and 2 singles spot in the last five matches. No. 27 Nicole Gibbs and No. 35 Kristie Ahn have both featured at the No. 1 singles spot this season. Ellen Tsay and Stacey Tan are ranked at 30 in doubles.
California defeated Oregon, 7-0, in Berkley, Calif., last Friday. The Golden Bears are 3-4 when playing on the road.
The last time Arizona was victorious against California was on Feb. 17, 1996. Since then, California has won 14-straight matches over the Wildcats.
Four players are ranked in singles for California. No. 10, Anett Schutting has starred at the No. 1 singles spot in the past three matches for California. No. 54 Klara Fabikova earned a victory at the No. 2 singles spot in California’s last match against Oregon.
Lynn Chi and Anett Schutting are ranked No. 23 in doubles for the Bears. No. 29 Zsofi Susanyi and Klara Fabikova are also ranked in doubles for California.
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