This Week for the Wildcats: No. 49 Arizona (5-2) returns home to face No. 25 Oregon (8-1) in the Wildcats’ first Pac-10 match of the season. The two teams will face off at Robson Tennis Center with first serve scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25.
Last Time Out: UA was scheduled to play Southern California and UCLA, but rain prevented any competition from taking place.
The last time they took to the courts, the Wildcats hit the road for the first time this year, facing No. 48 South Alabama and No. 15 Tulane. Arizona lost both matches, winning the Nos. 1 and 2 singles positions, while losing Nos. 3-6 in both matches. The lone difference in the two matches was that the Wildcats won the doubles point over South Alabama, but lost it for the first time this year when facing Tulane.
Against Oregon: The last time the two teams faced off, the Wildcats were on the road for the first time in 2004 and lost in Eugene 6-1. Despite having lost their last two matches to the Ducks, Arizona holds a 7-3 all-time edge over Oregon.
Scouting the Ducks: Oregon opened its season 8-0, before losing to then-No. 9 Washington, 2-5. Friday’s match will be the Ducks’ first road contest of the season, after having played two neutral matches in Minnesota earlier in the year.
In terms of ranking, No. 86 Dominika Dieskova is Oregon’s only nationally-ranked player. Oregon’s doubles team is led by Dieskova and Daria Panova as the No. 15 doubles team.
The Doubles Point: Arizona has won the doubles point in all but one of its matches. Tulane has been the only team able to take the point from the Cats.
Senior Leaders: Seniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar were the only Wildcats to win a singles match in the team’s last two matches. The pair is a combined 13-1 in dual match play this year. As a doubles pair, Hollands and Mlakar are 7-0.
Wildcats in the Rankings: Dianne Hollands is now ranked No. 33, nationally, while Maja Mlakar dropped from the rankings, despite her 12-6 record.
Individual rankings are next scheduled to be released March 8.
Fall Action: After finishing the 2004 season ranked No. 39 as a team, Arizona entered the fall with high expectations. Dianne Hollands was ranked No. 7 nationally, and the pair of Hollands and Maja Mlakar earned the billing of No. 1. Hollands finshed the fall with a singles record of 7-7, while Mlakar went 6-3. Stephanie Balzert led the team with 10 wins. Camelia Todorova wrapped up her first taste of college tennis with a 8-7 record. In doubles play, Hollands and Mlakar went 6-5.
Next Week: Arizona will remain at home to face No. 1 Stanford and No. 17 California on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, respectively.