Los Angeles, Calif. ?- Arizona seniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar will compete at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in Los Angeles Oct. 7-10. Hollands and Mlakar are the top-seeded doubles pair for the tournament and were ranked No. 1 for doubles in the pre-season ITA poll.
This will be Hollands and Mlakar’s second tournament of the year together. Their first tournament came at the Baylor Invitational, where they were upset in the quarterfinal round by Georgia Tech’s Kristi Miller and Alison Silverio. Arizona’s top-ranked pair finished the 2003-04 season with a 19-8 record and a season-high No. 5 ranking. The pair reached the semi-finals of the 2004 Pac-10 Doubles Championship, before losing to Stanford’s Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette. After earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament, Hollands and Mlakar’s 2003-04 campaign came to an end in the first round following a loss to New Mexico’s Maja Kovacek-Sandy Lukowski.
Hollands, ranked No. 7, will also be playing as one of top eight seeded players in the tournament. After losing her first match of the year, Hollands won the consolation bracket of the Baylor Invitational, and currently holds a four match win streak. In the 2003-04 season, Hollands went 31-12, finishing the season ranked No. 13. Her achievements were recognized, as she was named First-team Pac-10 and First-team Pac-10 All-Academic.
The Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship is the first of three national championship events during the 2004-05 season at the NCAA Division I level. There were 128-singles player and 64-doubles team pre-qualifying tournaments played October 2-4 at UCLA. The pre-qualifiers feed into 64-player and 32-doubles team qualifying tournaments October 5-6 at Riviera. The 32-player, 16-doubles team main draw takes place Oct. 7-10. More than 60 schools from across the country will be sending players to compete.