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Women's Tennis Season in Review
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/07/2005
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Arizona Women’s Tennis Season in Review

2005 Season: The Arizona women’s tennis team’s season came to an end on May 25, when senior doubles pair Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar lost in the round of 16 in the NCAA Doubles Championship.

The team’s campaign concluded after Pac-10 play, with a, 5-2, loss to Arizona State. Despite a strong 5-0 start, the Wildcats sputtered through the rest of the season, winning just two of their last 14 matches.

Expectations started high, when Dianne Hollands was ranked No. 7 and the duo of Hollands and Maja Mlakar was ranked the best in the nation at the beginning of the fall. During a fall season in which the Wildcat student-athletes competed in seven different tournaments.

Also in the fall, fourth-year Head Coach Vicky Maes hired former Stanford Volunteer Assistant Brian Ramirez as an assistant coach.

Four Wildcats (Stephanie Balzert, Dianne Hollands, Maja Mlakar, and Kelly Perry) posted winning singles records in 2005, doubling the two winning records of 2004.

In doubles action, Hollands and Mlakar played in the No. 1 position in all 19 of the team’s dual matches, earning a 17-2 record. In their final campaign together, the Wildcat duo had winning streaks of nine and 10 matches, respectively, as they defeated four opponents ranked 25th or higher.

The other UA senior on the squad, Kelly Perry paired with four different teammates in doubles play, earning a winning record with each one.

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.

Season Highlights

Dianne Hollands: Hollands leaves UA with a 101-56 singles and 77-36 career doubles record ... Lost to second-seeded Julie Coin of Clemson in the round of 32, after defeating Ashlee Davis of Wake Forest, 6-1, 6-2, in the round of 64 ... Reached the round of 16 with Maja Mlakar in the NCAA Doubles Championships ... Began the fall ranked No. 7 in the nation, her highest ranking of the year ... Undefeated 9-0 in the No. 2 position in dual match play ... Went 4-7 when playing on Court One ... Won the consolation bracket at the Baylor Invitational to begin the fall season ... Won her first eight dual matches of the year, marking her longest win streak on the year ... Had a record of 6-6 against ranked players ... Biggest upset of the season came against No. 16 Dea Sumantri of Washington ... Nearly knocked off two-time defending NCAA singles champion Amber Liu of Stanford. Hollands led 6-3, 3-0, before losing the next six games of the second set and a tie-breaker in the third ... Teamed with fellow senior Maja Mlakar as one of the most formidable doubles pairs in the nation ... Hollands and Mlakar played all 19 dual matches in the No. 1 position for UA, with a record of 17-2 in those matches ... Reached the Pac-10 Outdoor Championship final match, before losing to Stanford’s Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette, 8-1 ... Enjoyed win streaks of nine and 10 matches during spring season ...

Maja Mlakar: Had a 17-13 singles record ... Amassed a 80-59 record over four years as a Wildcat ... Reached the round of 16 with Dianne Hollands in the NCAA Doubles Championships ... 6-3 when playing in the first position and 5-5 at the two ... Ranked No. 63 in the fall, her highest ranking of the season ... Broke back into the rankings April 5 at No. 87, after going unranked since fall ... Climbed as high as No. 81 to close out regular season ... 3-5 against ranked opponents ... Biggest upset of the season came against No. 18 Riza Zalameda of UCLA ... Teamed with fellow senior Dianne Hollands as one of the most formidable doubles pairs in the nation ... Hollands and Mlakar played all 19 dual matches in the No. 1 position for UA, with a record of 17-2 in those matches ... Reached the Pac-10 Outdoor Championship final match, before losing to Stanford’s Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette, 8-1 ... Enjoyed win streaks of nine and 10 matches during spring season ...

Kelly Perry: Earned a singles record of 16-12 ... Key wins included an upset of No. 14 Erin Burdette of Stanford ... Entered the rankings for the first time in her career at No. 115 ... Reached Round of 16 at the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships ... Broke into rankings for the first time of her career at No. 115 on April 19 ... Had a winning singles record with four different teammates in doubles ... Compiled an overall doubles record of 16-8 ...

Stephanie Balzert: Finished her first season with the Cats with an 18-18 singles record ... Longest winning streak of the season came in the fall at the Cal Nike Invitational. The streak lasted four matches ... Had a 10-4 doubles record with Kelly Perry ... Went 1-1 with Camelia Todorova as a partner, and 2-5 with Kasia Jakowlew ... 6-8 in singles matches in the three position ... 0-1 at Nos. 2 and 4 ...

Iza Ferriera: Compiled a 2-7 singles record ... Played only two matches in the spring season, both in the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships ... 2-1 with Kelly Perry in three doubles matches during the fall season ...

Kasia Jakowlew: 15-20 in singles matches on the year ... Reached the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships ... Finished as runner-up at the Pac-10 Indoor Championship in January ... Played the majority of the dual matches in the fifth position, where she had a 4-12 record ... Also went 1-1 at the four and 0-1 at No. 6 ...2-2 with Jessie Rochefort in doubles matches. All matches with Rochefort were dual matches at the No. 2 position ...

Jessie Rochefort: 4-4 in singles matches, including 3-3 in dual matches ... All six of her dual match appearances came in the No. 6 position ... Combined to go 10-10 in doubles matches ... Paired up with Camelia Todorova, Kelly Perry, and Kasia Jakowlew ... Went 2-2 with Jakowlew in doubles matches at the two position ... All matches with Perry and Todorova came at the three...

Camelia Todorova: Went 15-20 in singles matches, including 9-8 in the fall ... Won four consecutive matches, two of them coming at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, and the other two at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships ... 4-5 with Jessie Rochefort in doubles play, including 4-4 at the No. 3 position

 

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