April 20, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Arizona’s No. 27-ranked women’s tennis team (16-8, 6-5) defeated No. 37 Arizona State (10-11, 2-8) in a 7-0 decision on Friday to complete its regular season without losing a match at home.
The Wildcats defeated 13 teams, 12 of which were ranked in the top 75, to end a perfect home season. Before the match, seniors Sarah Landsman (Syosset, N.Y.), Natasha Marks (Nottingham, England) and Debora Castany (Barcelona, Spain) were honored for their successful years at UA.
The victory also marked the first time Arizona has defeated the Sun Devils since 2004.
“The win against ASU caps off a great regular season for our program” Arizona head coach Vicky Maes said. “We knew their team was banged up a little, but we never once thought it was going to be easy. ASU is tough as nails and we had to be prepared for a battle.”
The Wildcats came out strong in doubles play, earning the doubles point after ASU defaulted at the No. 3 spot and senior Natasha Marks (Nottingham, England) and sophomore Lacey Smyth (Oceanside, Calif.) defeated Brycki and Smith at the No.1 spot.
“There were so many different things at stake that keeping our emotions in check was our number one focus,” Maes said. “We played nervously in the doubles and made it harder on ourselves than it needed to be. However, the win helped us get the jitters out and we performed beautifully in singles play.”
Arizona continued its dominance into singles play as Smyth earned her fourth win over a ranked player after defeating No. 15 Jacqueline Cako in straight sets. Marks also earned her fourth win over a ranked player with her defeat of No. 87 Michelle Brycki, 6-2, 6-3.
Freshman Laura Oldham (Sheffield, England) was first to finish after earning a victory at the No. 6 spot. Landsman was not far behind at No. 4 and Marks sealed the match for the Wildcats at No. 2.
In all six matches, the Wildcats did not give up a set.
“To earn such a decisive win was truly something we didn't expect today, but I couldn't be more proud of my girls and how hard they worked to get here,” Maes said. “Now, we shift our focus to the postseason.”
Arizona will head to the Pac-12 Tournament in Ojai, Calif. beginning Thursday, April 26 and continuing through Sunday, April 29.
For complete results and continued coverage of Arizona Women’s Tennis, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.
No. 27 Arizona 7, No. 37 Arizona State 0
Robson Tennis Center
Arizona (16-8, 6-5)
Arizona State (10-11, 2-8)
No. 1 Smyth/Marks (Arizona) def. Brycki/J. Smith (ASU), 8-4
No. 2 Sahagun/James (ASU) def. Landsman/Johnson (Arizona), 9-7
No. 3 Stubbe/Mc Rann (Arizona) def. ASU, default
Order of Finish: 3, 1*, 2
No. 1 Lacey Smyth (Arizona) def. Jacqueline Cako (ASU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Natasha Marks (Arizona) def. Michelle Brycki (ASU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Kim Stubbe (Arizona) def. Hannah James (ASU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 Sarah Landsman (Arizona) def. Joanna Smith (ASU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 Susan Mc Rann (Arizona) def. Leighann Sahagun (ASU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 Laura Oldham (Arizona) def. Clare Frye (ASU), 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 2*, 1, 3, 5