July 19, 2003
The Arizona women's tennis team completed its 2002-03 season on May 10 after suffering a second-round upset by Harvard in the NCAA Division I Tournament. The Wildcats, led by head coach Vicky Maes and assistant coach Simon Thibodeau, compiled a regular season record of 9-11, 3-5 in the Pac-10. The Cats placed sixth in the Pac-10 and ended the season ranked No. 26.
Arizona was up and down in the rankings during the season, peaking at No. 16 in early February and ranking the lowest in late March at No. 46. Arizona recorded two late-season upsets over No. 4 Cal on April 12, when the Cats were ranked No. 39, and over No. 17 Arizona State while Arizona was ranked 28th.
In singles action, sophomore Maja Mlakar, graduate student Emilie Scribot, sophomore Dianne Hollands, junior Debbie Larocque and sophomore Kelly Perry all recorded winning records, and Mlakar, Scribot, and Hollands held rankings in the top 100 throughout the year. Four Wildcats earned postseason honors on the All-Conference and All-Academic teams. Scribot, who ended her season ranked No. 8, earned a position on the first team on the All-Conference squad, No. 28 Mlakar earned a spot on the second All-Conference team, and No. 44 Hollands was given All-Conference Honorable Mention. Hollands, an undeclared sophomore with a 3.61 GPA, also qualified for the second-team All-Academic squad along with Larocque, who earned All-Academic Honorable Mention.
In fall tournament play, Dianne Hollands brought home top-flight singles titles at the Rice Tennis Invitational in late September and at the Fall Desert Classic in November. Hollands also teamed up with Kelly Perry to win the top-flight doubles crown at the Fall Desert Classic, defeating USC's Melissa Esmero and Maureen Diaz, 9-8, 7-1. After the regular season, the Wildcats also won the Pac-10 Tournament by recording the most wins in the tournament, despite falling in the final rounds of both doubles draws.
Emilie Scribot: Arizona's No. 1 singles player for the majority of the regular season... Compiled overall singles record of 21-8 ... Ended the season ranked No. 8... First Wildcat player since head coach Vicky Maes to be ranked in the top 5... Highest rank of 5 came April 27... Lowest rank of 46 came on February 24, when Scribot had only recently joined the team... Did not join team until after fall play was completed... Teamed up with sophomore Maja Mlakar late in the season and earned record of 7-7... Earned final doubles ranking of 32 with Mlakar... Upset Stanford's Amber Liu (No. 3) on April 11 and Cal's Raquel Kops-Jones (No. 5) on April 12... Tallied a seven-match win streak from March 28 through April 12... Earned four upsets when teamed with Mlakar, three in the top ten, including twice upsetting Washington's No. 10 duo of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic.
Maja Mlakar: Played primarily in the No. 2 spot during the regular season... Earned overall record of 26-15... Earned 15-8 dual match record... Tallied 11 wins versus ranked opponents... Highest ranking of 13 came during the preseason... Lowest rank of 78 came on March 10... Ranked No. 25 in preseason when paired with Larocque... Earned record of 5-11 when teamed with Larocque... Paired with Scribot late in the season and earned record of 7-7... Earned No. 32 ranking at season's end when paired with Scribot... Tallied four doubles upsets with Scribot, including two top-ten wins versus Washington's No. 10 team of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic.
Dianne Hollands: The Cats' primary No. 3 player... Earned overall singles record of 28-15... Tallied the most singles wins on the team... Had final doubles record of 22-12... Also earned the most doubles wins of the team with 22...13 of her doubles wins came when paired with sophomore Kelly Perry... Ended the season ranked No. 44, her season high... Lowest rank of 84 came in the preseason... Ended the 2001-2002 season ranked No. 122... Had six upsets on the season, including an upset over teammate Maja Mlakar (No. 28) to win the singles title at the Rice Tennis Classic in September... Also won the singles and doubles title with Kelly Perry at the Fall Desert Classic in November... Had an eight-match win streak from Nov. 8 - Jan. 18.
Debbie Larocque: Played in the No. 4 spot throughout the season with one exception... The fourth Wildcat to tally a winning singles record at 19-18... Had a doubles record of 8-19 when mostly paired with freshman Kristy Randono... Upset No. 43 Claire Carter of Washington in the round of 16 at the Pac-10 Tournament on April 26... Defeated ASU's Cindy Sureephong in Arizona's upset of No. 17 ASU on April 19... Had three 3-match win streaks on the season... Defeated Washington State's Nora Gaal, 6-2, 6-0, in Arizona's first Pac-10 win of the season.
Kelly Perry: Arizona's No. 5 singles player... Compiled overall singles record of 19-20... Earned doubles record of 20-11, mostly paired with Dianne Hollands... Transferred from University of Minnesota, where she compiled a 10-4 singles record... Won the doubles title with Hollands at the Fall Desert Classic in November... Had second-most doubles wins on the team.
Kristy Randono: Played in the sixth spot for the Cats with one exception... Compiled an overall singles record of 9-15... Earned final doubles record of 7-15, mostly paired with junior Debbie Larocque... Alternated playing in the sixth spot with the other two freshmen on the team.
Kelly Duncan: Alternated playing in the sixth position with Kristy Randono and freshman transfer Zorica Zasova... Earned an overall singles record of 0-3... Did not compete in doubles... Came to Arizona from Torrey Pines H.S. in San Diego.
Zorica Zasova: Transferred to Arizona from Berlin, Germany... Alternated with Duncan and Randono in the sixth spot... Compiled overall singles record of 2-7... Her wins came versus Marquette's Kristin Minkowski and Macey Breece of Texas... Earned a final doubles record of 2-3, teamed with Kelly Perry.