March 9, 2004
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Back at Home: The No. 29 ranked Arizona women's tennis team will play at home for the second weekend in a row. The Wildcats will take on No. 11 USC on Friday March 12 at 1:30 p.m. The Cats will then compete against the No. 12 ranked UCLA Bruins on Saturday March 13 at 12:00 p.m.
Taking on the Top Ten: The Wildcats competed against three top-ten teams last week in competition. On March 5, the Wildcats took on the No. 8 California Golden Bears and lost 6-1. The next day the Wildcats competed against the undefeated No.1 Stanford Cardinal and fell again 6-1. Arizona then travelled to Austin, Texas on Monday March 8, and were edged by the Texas Longhorns, 4-3.
Rained Out: On Feb. 20, the Cats traveled to Southern California, and were set to take on USC and UCLA that weekend. Both matches were cancelled due to rain. The matches will not be re-scheduled because they were not considered to be conference matches.
The Trojans: The match against USC will be the first conference match of the season for the Wildcats. The No. 11 USC Trojans (7-3, 3-0) will look different than last year's squad as they bring in seven newcomers and return only four veterans. No. 23 ranked junior Luana Magnani is the Trojans top player on the court. Last season she finished the season with an 18-5 overall record. The Trojans will most likely place sophomore Carine Vermeulen in the second position. Vermuelen is currently ranked No. 89 in the country and finished last season with a 19-3 record. Magnani and Vermuelen will also pair up to be the biggest threat for the Trojans in doubles action. The pair is currently ranked No. 14. The Trojans two biggest wins of the season both came against No. 12 UCLA. Arizona has struggled with USC in the past with an overall series record of 15-23.
The Bruins: No. 12 UCLA (7-5) is comprised of nine returning veterans and three newcomers. The Bruins top player is No. 28 ranked Jackie Carleton. Carleton holds a 12-10 overall singles record. The Bruins also have two additional players ranked in the ITA top 100. No. 40 Daniela Bercek and No. 77 Alex McGoodwin will pose a threat to the Wildcats. The Bruins' strength in doubles is the No. 8 ranked team of Carleton and junior Lauren Fisher or the No. 23 team of Carleton and Feriel Esseghir. Arizona has a 7-34 all time overall record against the Bruins.
Ranked Wildcats: The Wildcats as a team moved up in the rankings from No. 31 to No. 29. Junior Dianne Hollands moved up in the rankings from No. 34 to No. 31. Junior Maja Mlakar slid in the rankings from No. 66 to No. 72. The juniors as a team moved up from No. 18 to No. 17.