March 19, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - The 32nd-ranked Arizona Wildcat women's tennis team defeated No. 37 Pepperdine on Saturday, picking the program's fourteenth victory this season. The close match ended with simultaneous tiebreakers to decide the match.
"This was a fantastic team performance," said had coach Vicky Maes. "We didn't win the doubles point but we played awesome in singles to pull out the match. Pepperdine is a tough, tough team and they didn't give us any free points. We really had to battle on their home turf. Our team stepped up big time and I couldn't be more proud."
Arizona (14-3, 2-0 Pac-10) dropped the doubles point, losing all three matches. Natasha Marks and Sarah Landsman were first to finish on court one. The junior duo lost for only the third time this season as they were edged by the No. 29 team of Marie Zalameda and Anamika Bhargava. Senior Jane Huh and freshman Susan Mc Rann were next to finish on court three. The Wave team of Andrea Oates and Arianna Colffer defeated the Wildcat duo, 8-4. On court two, Lacey Smyth and Kim Stubbe were last to finish. The freshman duo lost 8-4 to Khunpak Issara and Ale Granillo.
In singles play, the Wildcats came back strong, winning four of six matches to clinch the win for the Cats. On court six, Debora Castany was first to finish. Oates edged the Barcelona, Spain native, 6-1, 6-3. Landsman finished next on court two, winning Arizona's first point of the day with her defeat of Granilo. Pepperdine (7-5) earned their final point of the day on court five. Mc Rann battled Issara but lost the match, 6-4, 6-2. Stubbe was next to finish on court four. The Mol, Belgium native beat Zalameda, 6-4, 6-0.
With the match at 3-2 in favor of Pepperdine, courts three and one entered tiebreakers. Smyth battled Bhargava on court three. With the first set in favor of Smyth and the second set at 6-6, a tiebreaker began. In a back and forth battle, Smyth defeated Bhargava. Marks finished soon after on court one. After winning the first set, Marks took an early lead in the tiebreaker. The Nottingham, England native was up 6-0 when Pepperdine's Colffer began to fight back. Marks won the tiebreaker 7-3 to earn deciding point for the Wildcats.
Arizona improves to 14-3 overall while Pepperdine falls to 7-5. Next week, the Wildcats host the UC-Irvine Anteaters on Wed., March 23. The match will be held at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center and is set to begin at 2 p.m.
#32 Arizona 4, #37 Pepperdine 3
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center
March 19, 2011
1. Natasha Marks (UA) def. Arianna Colffer (PEP) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Sarah Landsman (UA) def. Ale Granillo (PEP) 6-3, 6-2
3. Lacey Smyth (UA) def. Anamika Bhargava (PEP) 6-4, 7-6 (11-9)
4. Kim Stubbe (UA) def. Marie Zalameda (PEP) 6-4, 6-0
5. Khunpak Issara (PEP) def. Susan Mc Rann (UA) 6-4, 6-2
6. Andrea Oates (PEP) def. Debora Castany (UA) 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish 6,2,5,4,3,1
1. #29 Marie Zalameda/Anamika Bhargava (PEP) def. Natasha Marks/Sarah Landsman (UA) 8-3
2. Khunpak Issara/Ale Granillo (PEP) def. Lacey Smyth/Kim Stubbe (UA) 8-4
3. Andrea Oates/Arianna Colffer (PEP) def. Susan Mc Rann/Jane Huh (UA) 8-4
Order of finish 1,3,2