This Weekend: The No. 21 Wildcats take a break from conference action when they play host to the Texas-El Paso Miners on Sunday. For the Miners, Sunday's contest is their first dual match of the year. Ranked No. 74 in the latest poll, UTEP is lead by senior Tanja Magoc (8-5) who's ranked 57th in the fall rankings. The Miners are the second opponent for Arizona from the Mountain West Conference this year. The Wildcats hooked up with New Mexico in the season opener, and UA came out on top, 7-2.
The Lineup: Name Yr. Hometown Uzma Kahn Fr. Hyderabad, India Lindsay Blau So. Ossining, New York Michelle Gough Jr. Johannesburg, South Africa Vanessa Abel Sr. Tucson, Arizona Laresa Marino So. San Diego, California Joanna Buczkowska Jr. Zakopane, Poland
Last Weekend: The Wildcats began conference play with an upset win over No. 6 UCLA, 5-4, on Friday. Arizona fell to No. 10 USC on Saturday, 9-0.
Cats Travel to Lone Star State: Arizona's doubles team of sophomore Lindsay Blau and junior Michelle Gough travel to Dallas, Texas, this weekend for the Rolex Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. The tournament is the third leg of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Grand Slam. The pair earned a spot this weekend by capturing the Region VIII doubles title. The duo is ranked No. 8 in the fall rankings and is seeded fourth in the invitational. For results of the tournament you can dial from the handset of your fax machine (800)300-2050, enter TENNIS-ITA-1 for your pin number, then the ITA's passcode, 582#, and the document number is 1049.
Last Season: Arizona finished the season with an overall record of 8-14 placing them sixth in the Pac-10 Conference. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by top-ranked Florida.
Cats in the Polls: After beginning the season with a 4-1 record, the Wildcats jumped 10 spots in the polls to the No. 21 spot in the Feb. 2 team rankings of the spring season. Arizona shares the spot with Kentucky, which has started the season off 2-0. The first singles and doubles rankings will be released Feb. 16. For a complete list of rankings, visit the ITA website at www.ITAtennis.com.
Head Coach: Brad Dancer is in his first year as head coach at Arizona replacing Stephanie London. Dancer played No. 1 singles and doubles at Michigan State, graduating with a degree in business in 1993. In his time at Michigan State, Dancer was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten member and was selected to the All-Big Ten team his senior year. Dancer's professional coaching highlights include serving as an assistant for the 1996 Fed Cup team.
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Epley and Vicky Maes round out the coaching staff for the Wildcats this season. Epley comes to Arizona after serving as an assistant last year at Alabama. In addition to his duties at Arizona, Epley is involved in coaching at the professional tennis level including serving as an assistant for the Fed Cup team under head coach Billie Jean King. Maes, a four-time tennis All-American, returns to her alma mater as a volunteer assistant. Maes graduated from Arizona in 98 but not before becoming the most decorated player in the program's history. Maes was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, a GTE All-American, and was selected to the Pac-10 All-Decade team.
Assistant Coach Kevin Epley
"We are coming off an exciting weekend with a lot of momentum but we understand that we can't look past any match because any team can be beaten on any given day.
"We are riding a wave right now and we are riding it based on hard work and determination. We as a coaching staff are very proud of our team's work ethic.
"We are looking forward to play UTEP. They'll be a good test for us. Even though they are not in our conference, our girls understand that we still need to be prepared."