In doubles play, the Wildcats won one of three matches, losing the doubles point. Junior duo Natasha Marks and Sarah Landsman defeated the No. 78-ranked team Catherine Isip and Laurie Gingras, 8-1, for the Wildcats' only doubles win of the day. On court two, Kim Stubbe and Lacey Smyth lost 8-0 to Alex Poorta and Anna Chikhikvishvili. Jane Huh and Susan Mc Rann lost to Claire Soper and Jenny Jullien, 8-4, on court three.
After losing the doubles point, the Wildcats came back strong to win four singles matches and clinch the match 4-3. Stubbe was first to finish on court four. She defeated Soper, 6-2, 6-3. On court one, Marks battled the No. 46-ranked Poorta. Marks powered her way to a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
Third to finish was Mc Rann on court five. In a back and forth battle, Mc Rann defeated Chikhikvishvili, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Smyth was next to finish on court three. The freshman defeated Jullien, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, to clinch the match for Arizona. Landsman battled No. 77 Isip on court two. Isip edged Landsman, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. Last to finish was Huh on court six. In a close match, Huh lost 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 to Gingras.
"This was an outstanding match for Arizona," said head coach Vicky Maes, "We were rather flat at 2 and 3 doubles and it cost us the early point. But the girls pulled themselves together and we were able to come back and get the wins needed to clinch the match. Overall, the weekend was a big success. We played two good teams on the road and came away victorious. Now we get to come home and prepare for our Pac-10 matches against Oregon and Washington State. We are in good spirits and look forward to playing in front of our fans."
The Wildcats improve to 10-2 going into Pac-10 play. Next weekend, the Cats return home to host the Oregon Ducks on Fri., March 4, at 1:30 p.m. On Sat., March 5, the Wildcats will host the Washington State Cougers at 12 p.m. Both matches will be held at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, in Tucson, Ariz.
No. 41 Arizona 4 No. 46 Saint Mary's 3
Saturday Feb. 26
BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex
1. Marks/Landsman (UA) def. No. 78 Isip/Gingras (SMC) 8-1
2. Poorta/Chikhikvishvili (SMC) def. Stubbe/Smyth (UA) 8-0
3. Soper/Jullien (SMC) def. Huh/Mc Rann (UA) 8-4
Order of finish 2, 1, 3
St Mary's wins the doubles point.
1. Natasha Marks (UA) def. No. 46 Alex Poorta (SMC) 6-4, 6-2
2. No. 77 Catherine Isip (SMC) def. Sarah Landsman (UA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
3. Lacey Smyth (UA) def. Jenny Jullien (SMC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2*
4. Kim Stubbe (UA) def. Claire Soper (SMC) 6-2, 6-3
5. Susan Mc Rann (SMC) def. Anna Chikhikvishvili (UA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Laurie Gingras (SMC) def. Jane Huh (UA) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
Order of finish 4, 1, 5, 3, 2, 6
*Wildcats clinch the match