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Release: 03/14/2011
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March 14, 2011

Tucson - The Arizona women's tennis team defeated No. 29 Sacramento State 6-1 on Monday, clinching the program's thirteenth victory.

Arizona (13-2, 2-0 Pac-10) took an early 1-0 lead after winning two of three doubles matches, starting off with a win on court three. The duo of senior Jane Huh and freshman Susan Mc Rann came out of the gate with a 4-0 lead in the 8-4 win over Sacramento State's (6-5, 1-0 Big Sky) Sophie Lohscheidt and Katharina Knoebl.

Sacramento State took the win on court two, and all eyes turned to court one and the junior pair of Sarah Landsman and Natasha Marks, who faced off against Tatsiana Kapshai and Rebeca Delgado. Kapshai and Delgado took an early 3-1 lead before Marks and Landsman answered with three straight. The Wildcats and Hornets battled back and forth before tying things up at six all. Marks and Landsman took the final two games to win and clinch the doubles point for the Wildcats, 8-6.

In singles action, Landsman took an easy 6-1, 6-3 win over Delgado on court one. Arizona's second singles victory came on court two, as freshman Lacey Smyth took down Maria Meliuk. Smyth won the first set 6-3, but Meliuk battled back in the second set to tie things up at 6-6. For the tiebreak, the scores stayed close until Smyth took a 5-4 advantage. The Oceanside, Calif. native won the next two games to win the tiebreaker 7-4.

Mc Rann's victory over Lohscheidt on court four clinched the victory for the Wildcats. The Dublin native was down in the first set 3-4, but she rallied to finish with a 7-5 advantage. In the second set, the freshman was down 3-4 again before taking the next three games, finishing at 6-4.

Junior Debora Castany gave the Wildcats their fifth win of the day, defeating Sacramento's Milica Zivanovic in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Last to finish for Arizona was freshman Kim Stubbe, who outlasted the Hornets' Clarisse Baca. Stubbe dropped the first set 4-6, but rallied in the second to win 6-3. In the final set, the freshman from Belgium went up 5-1, but dropped three games to Baca. Stubbe rebounded in the final set, and finished the match with a 6-4 victory.

"The girls played a tough match today," said head coach Vicky Maes. "We didn't practice a lot this week but we were solid nevertheless. Sac State is a great team and we were able to come out on top with a decisive 6-1. This is a big week for us and the win will help us mentally as we go on the road to play two more solid teams Thursday and Saturday."

Up next, No. 28 Arizona takes to the road again to face Mississippi in Las Vegas on Friday, March 17 at noon. Sunday, the Wildcats travel to Malibu, Calif. to take on Pepperdine at 1 p.m.

Complete Match Results:
Doubles:
1. Landsman/Marks (UA) def. Kapshai/Delgado (SAC) 8-6
2. Meliuk/Baca (SAC) def. Smyth/Stubbe (UA) 8-4
3. Mc Rann/Huh (UA) def. Lohscheidt/Knoebl (SAC) 8-4
Order of Completion: 3, 2, 1*
*Clinched doubles point

Singles:
1. Sarah Landsman (UA) def. Rebeca Delgado (SAC) 6-1, 6-3
2. Lacey Smyth (UA) def. Maria Meliuk (SAC) 6-3, 7-6(4)
3. Kim Stubbe (UA) def. Clarisse Baca (SAC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Susan Mc Rann (UA) def. Sophie Lohscheidt (SAC) 7-5, 6-4
5. Katharina Knoebl (SAC) def. Jane Huh (UA) 6-3, 6-1
6. Debora Castany (UA) def. Milica Zivanovic (SAC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Order of Completion: 1, 5, 2, 4*, 6, 3
*Clinched win

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