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By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 04, 2012
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April 4, 2012

Arizona Senior Women's Tennis Player Natasha Marks -

Hey Wildcat Fans!!

This past weekend, we traveled to the bay area where we faced No. 9 California and No. 6 Stanford. We were really excited about these two matches as we have been playing well and really believed that we could cause an upset.

We left on Thursday and arrived at Cal Berkley later that day and had a light practice session before the light ran out. It was the seniors’ last time paying at Cal, so Sarah and I began taking pictures with the help of coach Ross. We finished practice and found a restaurant near the hotel and called it a night.

Play started at 1:30 p.m. and we got there an hour and half early for training room needs and practice. We saw Cal’s line up and noticed that they weren’t playing their No. 1 player in singles or doubles.

In double splay, Kim and Susan were the first to finish at position No. 3 and stormed off the court with a win. Sarah and Hailey were up 5-1 before Cal came back won the match. Lacey and I finished the last match but couldn’t get the win to put us down 1-0.

We were disappointed because we thought we could have taken the point, but we just didn’t convert opportunities even though we were right there.

Singles started and we had great team spirit and were the much louder team. All of the matches were really tight in the first sets and we got Cal a little worried.

Two hours later, two matches were remaining and it was team England (Laura and I), who were last on and managed to both win in our third set tiebreaks. After a long-fought battle, we lost the match 5-2, but took confidence and the knowledge that we needed to be able to convert the key points.

After the match we got LOTS of ice, left for dinner and hit the road to Stanford. Luckily, there was no traffic and we got there in little over an hour. We arrived at our hotel and saw ASU’s water polo team play Stanford the next day. We weren’t sure of the schedule of play for the next day, because there was a 100% chance of rain and thought we might have to play a night match indoors in San Francisco.

Morning came and play was delayed until the afternoon and we thought that we were going to play indoors. However, by the time we were ready to play it cleared up and we headed outside on their stadium courts.

Lacey and I were the first two on and the others followed shortly. Matches were close again on nearly every court. Kim was beating an NCAA finalist on court three and the rest of us were in tight sets. However, Stanford got four wins and we had to call the match because of rain, without playing doubles.

The post-match talk was again positive, as Vicky was proud of the way we fought.  After the match was called, we had to sprint to the car to make our flight. We grabbed our bags at the hotel and arrived at the airport just in time.

The weekend was over. We were all exhausted and just wanted to get back home.

This week is going to be a busy one as we are leaving again on Thursday for Los Angeles to face No. 1 UCLA and No. 4 USC, two more great opportunities. Our goal still this season is to keep our undefeated record at home. If we could grab a victory on the road, we could possibly host the early rounds of NCAA, which would be fantastic!

Anyway, have a great week and hope to see you for our home matches against UTAH and COLORADO in two weeks time!



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