April 13, 2004
Back Home: The No. 40 ranked Arizona women's tennis team (5-12, 1-6) will return home for its final match of the regular season. The Wildcats will face No. 41 Arizona State on April 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Tough Conference: Arizona will close out the Pac-10 regular season at home. The Pac-10 is one of the toughest conferences in the nation. All nine Pac-10 teams are currently ranked in the top-50 of the ITA rankings. Five Pac-10 teams are currently ranked in the top-10 of the ITA. They include No. 1 Stanford, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 USC, No. 8 Washington, and No. 10 California. Arizona's only two wins in the Pac-10 came against Arizona State and Washington State. The win against Arizona State will not be part of the Pac-10 standings.
Last Time Out: The Wildcats traveled to Northern Calif. to take on No. 1 Stanford and No. 11 California. Arizona first took on the Cardinal. The Wildcats were shut out for the first time this season, 7-0. The Wildcats lost all three doubles matches, as well as all six singles matches. Junior Kelly Perry was the only Wildcat to win a set, as she won her first set against Stanford's Lauren Barnikow. Perry went on to lose in three sets. Arizona then traveled to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the Golden Bears. The Wildcats lost two of three doubles matches to give California the doubles point. Arizona's only win in doubles came on court three as junior Kelly Perry and freshman Jessie Rochefort defeated California's team of Catherine Lynch and Jessica Shu. The highlight of the weekend, and possibly the season, came on court one in singles action. No. 17 ranked junior Dianne Hollands took on No. 4 Raquel Kops-Jones. Kops-Jones had been ranked No. 1 for the majority of the season. Hollands came away with the win against Kops-Jones, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Hollands leads the Wildcats with a season record of 23-10.
The Sun Devils: The No. 41 Arizona State Sun Devils (6-13) will bring a very young team. Arizona State only returns three veterans, while losing four players last season. The loss of players has allowed Arizona State to add six freshman new-comers to its lineup. The Sun Devils have one singles player in the national ITA top-125 rankings. No. 88 ranked Joslynn Burkett has a singles record of 15-17. In doubles, Arizona State's doubles team of Cindy Sureephong and Wendy Pilecka is ranked No. 55. The team of freshman Kady Pooler and Rebecca Rankin is ranked No. 58 in the nation. In the last meeting, Arizona defeated Arizona State 4-3 on Feb. 28 in Tempe. Arizona State has the advantage in the series record against the Wildcats, 26-16. Last season, Arizona won its sole match against Arizona State, 4-3. The last time the Sun Devils beat the Wildcats was on May 12, 2002.
Senior Debbie Larocque: Saturday's match against Arizona State will be senior Debbie Larocque's final home match as an Arizona Wildcat. Larocque is a four year letterwinner at Arizona, and has lead this year's team as the lone senior for the Wildcats. Larocque's record as a Wildcat is 74-66. As a freshman in 2001, Larocque lead the team with 23 singles victories. Her highest ranking was No. 41 in the 2003 preseason rankings. In 2002, Larocque made the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team.
Ranked Wildcats: The Arizona women's tennis team moved down in the rankings to No. 40. Junior Dianne Hollands is ranked No. 17. Junior Maja Mlakar is ranked No. 111. The juniors as a doubles team hold the No. 9 ranking in the country.