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Wildcats Travel to Southern California for NCAA Tourney
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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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		5-4			
Wildcats 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

Media Credentials: All press and photo requests should be directed to Pepperdine's assistant athletic director for Communications, Michael Zapolski, at (310) 456-4322. Please call in advance to secure credentials.

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		40-32
Swept 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		43-22
Nearly 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		16-24
Advanced 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		11-9
Posted 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		51-30

Fourth 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	   9-12
 
Boasts 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		15-17
Recorded 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		4-10
Won singles flight at the San Diego State Invitational in the fall . . . Tripled her wins in singles from a year ago with nine.
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