This Week for the Wildcats: No. 57 Arizona (7-12, 1-7) makes a push for an NCAA bid, as the Wildcats will play at the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships in Ojai, Calif., April 21-24.
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Last Time Out: Last weekend, UA wrapped up its regular season with a tough luck loss to in-state rival Arizona State. The Wildcats took the doubles point, but one just one singles match. UA’s No. 1 doubles pair Maja Mlakar and Dianne Hollands improved to 9-2 in Pac-10 play, and Kelly Perry broke into the rankings for the first time after her win over ASU’s Jessica Leitch.
Senior Leaders: Seniors Dianne Hollands, Maja Mlakar and Kelly Perry are a combined 35-20 in singles dual match play this year. Non-seniors are a combined 19-39.
Dependable Doubles: After going 6-5 in the fall, Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar are 18-3 this spring. The pair has played in the first position for every dual match, and has defeated four pairs in the top 15. Hollands and Mlakar rode a 10-match win streak from Jan. 21 until March 9, when the streak was broken by ASU’s Kady Pooler and Lauren Colalillo. Since a 9-7 defeat at the hands of UCLA’s No. 3 Riza Zalameda and Daniela Bercek on March 25, the senior pair of Wildcats has won five straight matches.
Ranked Cats: Dianne Hollands is ranked No. 33, while Maja Mlakar improves to No. 86. Kelly Perry makes her debut in the rankings at No. 115. Together, Hollands and Mlakar are ranked No. 14 in doubles.
Comeback Kid: Of sophomore Kasia Jakowlew’s 12 victories this year, five of the wins have come when she lost the first set, but came back to win the next two.
Nearing the Century Mark: Dianne Hollands needs three more singles victories to have won 100 singles matches in her four-year career. She began the year with 74 wins and has 23 victories this season entering this week.
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. Junior Stephanie Balzert led the team with 10 wins. Freshman Camelia Todorova wrapped up her first taste of college tennis with an 8-7 record. In doubles play, Hollands and Mlakar went 6-5.
Next Week: Arizona will play the waiting game in anticipation for a bid to the NCAA Championships. Selections will be announced May 2, and NCAA Regionals begin May 13.