March 30, 2004
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Back at Home: The No. 36 ranked Arizona women's tennis team (4-9, 0-3) will play at home again this weekend. The Wildcats will face No. 54 Washington State on Friday April 1 at 1:30 p.m. Arizona will then face No. 6 Washington on Saturday April 2 at 12:00 p.m.
Competing Against Ranked Opponents: The Wildcats have taken on many of the nation's top ranked teams this season. Friday's match against Washington State will be the first match in which Arizona will compete against an opponent outside of the top-25 rankings since competing against New Mexico on Feb. 12. Arizona is 3-1 when facing opponents outside of the top-25. Arizona's only loss to an opponent outside of the top 25 came against a No. 35 ranked Oklahoma team on Jan. 31. Oklahoma is now No. 15 in the rankings.
Last Time Out: The Wildcats had a tough weekend at home as they lost both of their matches 4-3. In Saturday's match against No. 13 Fresno State, Arizona competed in one of its closest matches of the season. Fresno State first won the doubles point by winning two of three doubles matches. The Bulldogs' team of Jelena Pandzic and Lucia Tallo was able to take out Arizona's No. 7 ranked duo of juniors Maja Mlakar and Dianne Hollands in a close 8-6 victory. Later in the evening, five of six singles matches had been completed. Arizona was able to win three of those five matches. This left the score at a 3-3 tie. The match was decided by the final match to be completed on court 4 between junior Kelly Perry and Fresno State's Vlatka Jovanovic. Perry was eventually defeated in three sets to give Jovanovic and Fresno State the overall 4-3 win. The Wildcats then returned to the courts less than twenty four hours later to take on No. 21 Tulane. Tulane was also able to win the doubles point over Arizona. Although Arizona was able to win its singles matches in the first, second, and fourth positions, Tulane came away with the overall victory, 4-3.
The Cougars: No. 54 Washington State (5-10) is comprised of six returning veterans and two newcomers. The Cougars do not have any singles players in the ITA top-100 rankings. Their main threat is junior Orsolya Sallai. Sallai has yet to win a match competing in the first position for the Cougars. Senior Lorena Arias has also been a top competitor the Cougars. Although she has played primarily in the second position, she is 0-4 while competing in the first position. The Wildcats are 8-1 against the Cougars in the all-time series. Last season, the Wildcats won the sole match between the two teams, 5-2.
The Huskies: No. 6 Washington (15-3) is lead by six returning veterans. The Huskies' top player is No. 18 ranked Dea Sumantri. No. 28 Claire Carter and No. 88 Erin Hoe will also be tough competition in the singles positions. The doubles competition will be fierce in the first position. Washington's top doubles team is No. 6 ranked Claire Carter and Dea Sumantri. Carter and Sumantri will likely face Arizona's No. 7 ranked team of juniors Maja Mlakar and Dianne Hollands. The Wildcats are 10-2 all-time against Washington. In 2003, Arizona fell 2-5 against the Huskies in the two teams only meeting of the year.
Ranked Wildcats: The Arizona women's tennis team has stayed No. 36 in the rankings. Junior Dianne Hollands is ranked No. 21. Junior Maja Mlakar is ranked No. 74. The juniors as a team hold the No 7 ranking.