TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s tennis team (5-6, 0-1) lost a spirited match to Pac-10 rival Arizona State (4-3) by a score of 4-3, at Robson Tennis Center today. Of the 14 singles sets in the contest, seven went 12 games. Also, for just the second time in eight home matches, the Wildcats lost the doubles point, which proved to be the difference.
After the match, Arizona Head Coach Vicky Maes said, “Overall, this is the best our team has played this year. Everyone put in 110% against a team that wouldn’t give in on a single point. We had the chance to beat our opponent, our girls took it to them and I am proud of the team for that. It just came down to a couple of points.”
In doubles play, Arizona seniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar lost for the first time in dual match play this year. UA’s top duo fell to Kady Pooler and Lauren Colalillo, 8-4. At No. 2, ASU’s Sabrina Capannolo and Jessica Leitch defeated Wildcat junior Stephanie Balzert and sophomore Kasia Jakowlew, 8-5. At the three, the Sun Devil tandem of Josslyn Burkett and Wendy Pilecka completed the sweep by knocking off senior Kelly Perry and Jessie Rochefort, 8-4.
In singles play, Arizona took each of the first three positions, but lost the fourth through sixth slots. Hollands defeated Cpannolo, 7-6, 7-6, at the one. In the second position, Mlakar defeated Burkett, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. UA’s other win came with Balzert’s victory over Leitch, 6-2, 6-4, on the third court.
Arizona next plays Sunday, March 13 at 11 a.m. in Tucson against Minnesota.
Arizona State 4, Arizona 3
1. Pooler/Colalillo (ASU) def. Mlakar/Hollands (UA) 8-4
2. Capannolo/Leitch (ASU) def. Balzert/Jakowlew (UA) 8-5
3. Burkett/Pilecka (ASU) def. Perry/Rochefort (UA) 8-4
- No. 33 Dianne Hollands (UA) def. Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) 7-6, 7-6
- Maja Mlakar (UA) def. Josslyn Burkett (ASU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
- Stephanie Balzert (UA) def. Jessica Leitch (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
- No. 96 Kady Pooler (ASU) def. Kelly Perry (UA) 7-6, 7-5
- Wendy Pilecka (ASU) def. Kasia Jakowlew (UA) 7-6, 6-3
- Lauren Colalillo (ASU) def. Camelia Todorova (UA) 6-1, 5-7, 7-5