2000 Final Pac-10 Standings School Conference Overall W L Pct. W L Pct. 1. Stanford 8 0 1.000 25 0 1.000 2. California 6 2 .750 17 6 .739 UCLA 6 2 .750 14 8 .636 4. USC 4 4 .500 15 8 .652 Arizona State 4 4 .500 12 7 .632 6. Arizona 3 5 .375 9 11 .450 Washington 3 5 .375 12 9 .571 8. Washington State 1 7 .125 10 12 .455 Oregon 1 7 .125 6 14 .300 NCAA Tournament History Year Round Opponent W/L Score 1999 First Auburn Win 5-1 Second Florida Loss 5-0 1998 First Kansas Loss 6-3 1997 First Texas Loss 5-0 1996 First Mississippi Win 5-0 Second UCLA Loss 5-2 1995 Second Duke Loss 5-1 1994 First Florida State Win 5-3 Second Texas Loss 5-2 1993 Second Pepperdine Win 5-4 Quarterfinal California Win 5-2 Semifinal Stanford Loss 5-1 1992 Second Arizona State Loss 5-2 1991 Second Brigham Young Win 7-2 Quarterfinal Stanford Loss 6-0 1990 Second Brigham Young Win 6-0 Quarterfinal Stanford Loss 6-0 1989 First Texas A&M Win 5-1 Second UCLA Loss 6-3 1988 First Duke Loss 5-4Wildcats Travel to Southern California for NCAA Tourney
Arizona earned its 11th straight bid to the NCAA Tournament and will travel to Los Angeles for a four-team regional hosted by the University of Southern California. Rounding out the four-team field are Maryland-Baltimore County and UA's first-round opponent, New Mexico. The Wildcats hold a 7-11 all-time record in the championships and have advanced to the second round in eight of their 11 appearances.
Arizona sophomore Lindsay Blau was selected to participate in the singles championships as well as in the doubles draw with junior Michelle Gough. Blau is one of 64 entrants in the singles field and is teaming up Gough in the 32-team doubles competition. For Blau, it is her second straight appearance in the doubles tourney. Last year she teamed up with former Wildcat Monique Allegre, though the duo was unable to advance past the first round as they fell to Tulsa's Jennifer DeSpain and Anousjka Van Exel, 6-4, 7-5.
About New Mexico: The first round match will mark the second time this season that the 48th-ranked Lobos have faced Arizona. The squads squared off in the season opener at the UA Invitational, and the Wildcats came out on top, 7-2, in head coach Brad Dancer's first match at Arizona. UNM (15-11, 5-3 in MWC) is led by Ana Friganovic (23-19) who anchors a solid New Mexico lineup. For her efforts this season, Friganovic earned a berth in the singles championships.
The Women of Troy: Twelfth-ranked USC (15-8, 4-4 in Pac-10) enters postseason play having dropped four out of its last six matches to close out the season. All four losses came at the hands of top-ranked Stanford and fifth-ranked California. Two of Southern California's 15 wins on the campaign came against Arizona. The Trojans cruised to a 9-0 victory in Tucson the first weekend of conference play and captured a 6-2 victory in the second match-up of the season at Marks Stadium. Freshman Jewel Peterson and senior Veronika Safarova were selected to compete in the singles tournament.
The Women Troy lead the all-time series, 29-15, over the Wildcats and have won the last five meetings dating back to March 13, 1998. UA's last victory against USC was a 7-2 triumph on Jan. 30, 1998, in Tucson.
Maryland-Baltimore County: UMBC (14-5) earned an automatic berth to postseason play by winning the Northeastern Conference tournament.
Against the Tournament Field: Arizona compiled a 2-10 record against this year's tournament field. New Mexico (7-2) and Washington (7-2) account for UA's victories. USC (0-9, 2-6), Oregon (4-5), Arizona State (0-9, 1-8), California (1-8, 0-8), Texas (2-5), and Stanford (0-9, 1-7) round out the list of opponents in this year's tournament. Including Arizona, eight of the nine Pac-10 teams advanced to postseason play with Washington State the lone school not involved in this year's field of 64.
Cats in the Polls: Three Wildcats earned a spot in the national rankings this season; freshman Uzma Khan, sophomore Lindsay Blau, and junior Michelle Gough. Blau and Gough were one of the top doubles teams in the country this year with three tournament victories and were a point away from the title at the National Indoor Championships. As a team, Arizona was ranked in 11 out of the 14 polls during the season.
Freshman Uzma Khan Date March 1 March 15 March 29 April 12 April 26 May 3 ITA 49 54 86 88 83 84 Sophomore Lindsay Blau Date April 12 April 26 May 3 ITA 73 53 56 Junior Michelle Gough Date March 29 March 15 March 1 February 16 ITA 91 59 62 89 Blau/Gough Date February 2 February 16 March 1 March 15 March 29 April 12 April 26 May 3 ITA 8 15 20 3 4 10 9 10 The Lineup: Singles 1. Lindsay Blau Sophomore Ossining, New York 2. Vanessa Abel Senior Tucson, Arizona 3. Uzma Kahn Freshman Hyderabad, India 4. Michelle Gough Junior Johannesburg, South Africa 5. Laresa Marino Sophomore San Diego, California 6. Joanna Buczkowska Junior Zakopane, Poland 7. Siri Fomsgaard Freshman Copenhagen, Denmark 8. Brooke Taylor Sophomore Newport Beach, California Doubles 1. Abel/Gough 2. Blau/Khan 3. Marino/Buczkowska
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A Look at the Wildcats:
Vanessa Abel 5'3" * Senior Tucson, Arizona Abel Stats Season Singles Doubles 1998 13-16 15-9 1999 16-17 8-10 2000 12-21 17-13 Overall 31-54 40-32Swept all three matches at the UA Invitational (New Mexico (1/21), Kansas State (1/22), and San Diego (1/23) . . . Transfer from Baylor following '97 season . . . Lone senior on the team . . . Played at the No. 2 position at the end of the season and logged wins against Washington (4/8) and Washington State (4/7) in her first two matches at the spot.
Lindsay Blau 5'8" * Sophomore Ossining, New York Blau Stats Season Singles Doubles 1999 8-23 12-10 2000 15-20 31-12 Overall 23-43 43-22Nearly doubled her singles win total from a year ago with 15 . . . Stepped into top singles midway through the season and recorded a 3-3 record . . . At the top spot she has defeated two top 30 ranked players in Texas' 29th-ranked Janet Walker (4/1) and Washington's top-ranked Kristina Kraszewski (4/8) in straight sets . . . Second time this season that a Wildcat player had defeated a No. 1-ranked player . . .First time was Uzma Khan over San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova (1/22) . . . Other ranked player to go down to defeat at the hands of Blau was Oregon's 65th-ranked Monika Gieczys (2/20) . . . Advanced to the third round of the ITA Regionals (11/11-14) in the fall season defeating Kataryna Malec (UNLV) and Anh Ngyuyen (Pepperdine) . . . Logged a personal-best four-match win streak that spanned through the UA Invitational to the UCLA match (1/21-1/28) . . . Broke into April 12 rankings at 73rd and vaulted to 53rd after defeating Kraszewski . . . Earned berth in NCAA singles championships.
Joanna Buczkowska 5'4" * Junior Zakopane, Poland Buczkowska Stats Season Singles Doubles 1998 12-18 5-13 1999 8-18 2-1 2000 12-20 9-10 Overall 32-56 16-24Advanced to the semifinals of the William and Mary Invitational (9/17-19) in the fall . . . Won two of her three matches at the San Diego State Invitational (10/8-10) . . . Posted a combined 9-10 doubles record that eclipses her previous two year total of seven wins . . . Owns team best six wins at the sixth spot . . . Captured crucial victories over UCLA's Petya Marinova (1/28) and Marquette's Anna Pavlovic (3/7) in matches that ended up in 5-4 victories for the Wildcats . . . Tied season-high for singles victories with 12 when she defeated UCLA's Jennifer Donahue in first round match at the Pac-10 Championships.
Siri Fomsgaard 5'8" * Freshman Copenhagen, Denmark Fomsgaard Stats Season Singles Doubles 2000 6-9 11-9 Overall 6-9 11-9Posted a 6-5 fall record . . . Logged pair of victories at the Michigan (10/15-17) and San Diego State Invitationals (10/8-10) . . . Earned a third place finish in her bracket at the San Diego State Invitational . . . Her 11-9 overall in doubles (4-4 in dual matches)-includes three wins with Abel at the Michigan Invitational and wins over UCLA and USC.
Michelle Gough 5'2" * Junior Johannesburg, South Africa Gough Stats Season Singles Doubles 1998 13-13 12-9 1999 15-12 8-9 2000 14-20 31-12 Overall 42-45 51-30Fourth on team with 14 wins . . . Has rotated between the one through three singles position . . . Advanced to third round of the Michigan Invitational (10/15-17) . . . Highlighted season with an upset victory over third-ranked Kataryna Valkyova of San Diego (1/22) at the UA Invitational . . . Logged win over UCLA's Amanda Basica (1/28) . . . 31-12 overall doubles record including a 28-11 mark with Blau . . . Surpassed career totals in doubles wins this season with 31 . . . List of duo's accolades include ITA Region VIII and Pac-10 Champions, winners of the San Diego State Invitational in the fall, and a pair of six-match winning streaks along the way . . . With win at fall regional, the duo qualified for the ITA Indoor Championships (2/3-2/)5 and were a match point away from winning the title against California's Claire Curran and Amy Jensen . . . Ranked as high as third (March 15) in the polls . . . Entered rankings Feb. 2 at eighth . . . posted six wins over ranked doubles teams this season . . . runs Gough's overall doubles record in three years at Arizona to 51-30.
Uzma Khan 5'6" * Freshman Hyderabad, India Khan Stats Season Singles Doubles 2000 20-15 9-12 Overall 20-15 9-12Boasts team-leading 20 wins . . . Cracked polls in March 1 edition at 49th . . . Began the fall season with a 9-0 record that included titles at the Michigan (10/13-15), San Diego State (10/8-10), and William and Mary Invitationals (9/17-19) . . . Defeated top-ranked San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova (1/22) in straight sets at the UA Invitational . . . Outlasted 74th-ranked Gabriela Lastra of Stanford (4/14) . . . Has compiled an 11-14 record in doubles and is half of the No. 2 duo on the team with Vanessa Abel.
Laresa Marino 5'5" * Sophomore San Diego, California Marino Stats Season Singles Doubles 1999 6-8 6-5 2000 17-15 9-12 Overall 23-23 15-17Recorded 17 wins, almost tripling her total from freshman year . . . Swept all three matches at the UA Invitational (1/21-23) . . . Season-high win streak of four matches (2/11-3/7) . . . Advanced to the semifinals of the invitational draw at the Pac-10 Championships . . . Has teamed with Joanna Buczkowska to form the No. 3 doubles team, compiling a 5-4 mark at the spot.
Brooke Taylor 5'3" * Sophomore Newport Beach, California Taylor Stats Season Singles Doubles 1999 3-5 1-2 2000 9-11 3-8 Overall 12-16 4-10Won singles flight at the San Diego State Invitational in the fall . . . Tripled her wins in singles from a year ago with nine.