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Arizona Women's Tennis Resumes Action Next Week
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 03, 2004
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Feb. 3, 2004

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Taking the Week Off: The Wildcats (2-1) will take the next week off from competition as they prepare for their match next week on Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m against New Mexico. The match will take place at Arizona's home court, the Lanelle Robson Tennis Center.

Starting at Home: The No. 27 Arizona women's tennis team hosted NAU, No. 35 Oklahoma, and No. 46 San Diego over the weekend. The Wildcats finished the weekend with a record of 2-1.

Against the Lumberjacks: The Wildcats won their first match on Friday Jan. 30, 7-0, against NAU. Arizona swept the doubles matches as well as the singles matches. The closest match of the afternoon came on court 3 where the doubles team of freshman Jessie Rochefort and sophomore Kelly Duncan had to play in a tiebreak in order to beat the Lumberjacks' team of Karen Kmiec and Jeanie Willman. Arizona now has an all-time record of 11-0 against the Lumberjacks.

Against the Sooners: Arizona lost to a strong No. 35 Oklahoma team, 4-3, on Saturday Jan. 31. The Wildcats won two of three doubles matches, and two of six singles matches. The Sooners greatest threat came in the nation's No. 3 ranked player, senior Anda Perianu. No. 28 ranked junior Dianne Hollands played a tough match against Perianu but ultimately lost, 6-3, 7-5. The No. 19 ranked doubles team of Hollands and junior Maja Mlakar took on the No. 23 doubles team of Perianu and Heather Saluri. Hollands and Mlakar ultimately came away with the win, 9-8, after the match was forced into a tiebreak.

Against the Toreros: The Wildcats won their final match of the weekend on Sunday Feb. 1 against No. 46 ranked San Diego. Arizona swept all three doubles matches and won five out of the six singles matches. Hollands once again took on a ranked opponent in No. 41 Lauren Perl. Hollands came away with the win, 6-2, 6-4. The Wildcats now lead the all time series between the two teams with a 9-0 record.

Ranked Wildcats: Junior Dianne Hollands is currently ranked No. 28. Junior Maja Mlakar has earned a ranking of No. 29. The team of Hollands and Mlakar received a ranking of 19.

Undefeated Over the Weekend: Senior Debbie Larocque and junior Kelly Perry had the best weekend for the cats. Both Wildcats were 3-0 in their singles matches in the 3rd and 5th position respectively. Perry and Larocque also teamed up in the No. 2 doubles position for the Wildcats and earned a weekend record of 3-0. The doubles team of Mlakar and Hollands also went 3-0 as they played in the first doubles position.

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