April 6, 2004
On the Road Again: The No. 36 ranked Arizona women's tennis team (5-10, 1-4) will compete on the road for the first time in over a month. The Wildcats will face No. 1 Stanford on Friday April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Arizona will then face No. 11 California on Saturday April 10 at 12:00 p.m.
Close Competition: Arizona is 1-6 in its last seven matches. In those six losses, four ended in a final score of 4-3. All four opponents are now ranked in the top 15 in the nation, including No. 14 Texas, No. 10 Fresno State, No. 13 Tulane, and No. 6 Washington.
Last Time Out: The Wildcats had to face numerous rain delays in order to complete last weekends competition. In Saturday's match against No. 6 Washington, Arizona was strong against one of the nation's top teams. Arizona took the doubles point by winning two of three doubles matches. After a rare loss last week against Fresno State, the doubles team of juniors Maja Mlakar and Dianne Hollands bounced back to take out the No. 6 ranked doubles team in the nation. The team of junior Kelly Perry and freshman Jessie Rochefort also won its doubles match to give Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Later in singles action, juniors Dianne Hollands and Kelly Perry were the only winners for the Wildcats. This gave Washington the 4-3 win. The Wildcats then returned to the courts less than twenty four hours later to take on No. 54 Washington State. Although the match was originally scheduled for Friday, rain delays moved the match to Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Arizona once again won the doubles point behind wins from Hollands and Mlakar, and Perry and Rochefort. This time Arizona did not look back as they did not let Washington State win a singles match. Hollands, Mlakar, Larocque, Perry, and Rochefort all notched wins for the Wildcats. The only match not to be completed came on court six where sophomore Iza Ferreira's match was cancelled before the third set due to rain. This gave Arizona the 6-0 win over Washington State.
The Cardinal: The No.1 Stanford Cardinal (19-0) has yet to be beaten in the dual-match season. The Cardinal will look similar to last year's squad as they welcome back nine veterans. Stanford has added two freshman newcomers to the roster. The Cardinal boasts the toughest lineup in the country with eight ranked singles players, and three ranked doubles teams. Stanford's top singles player is No. 10 Amber Liu. Liu is 11-4 in the 2003-2004 season. The Cardinal's other seven ranked players include No. 13 Alice Barnes, No. 22 Erin Burdette, No. 35 Theresa Logar, No. 43 Lauren Barnikow, No. 65 Story Tweedie-Yates, No. 75 Emelia Anderson, and No. 87 Anne Yelsey. In doubles, the Cardinal has the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the country in Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette. The other two doubles teams ranked for the Cardinal are the No. 48 team of Yelsey and Anderson, and the No. 50 team of Barnes and Liu. Last season the Wildcats went 0-2 against Stanford. In Arizona's first meeting with Stanford this year the Wildcats fell, 1-6. The Cats are 1-41 against the Cardinal in the all-time series. The Cats only win against Stanford came on Feb. 21 in 1987 when Arizona won 5-4.
The Golden Bears: The No. 11 California Golden Bears (14-6) have a very experienced lineup with six seniors, one junior, one sophomore, and two freshman. The Golden Bears also have a tough lineup with three singles players ranked in the ITA top-125. The top player for Cal is No. 4 senior Raquel Kops-Jones. The senior has a 20-4 singles record. The only underclassman to be ranked for the Golden Bears is No. 31 Sasha Podkolzina. California last ranked player is No. 120 senior Jieun Jacobs. The highest ranked opponent that California defeated is No. 8 Southern California. California lost to No. 1 Stanford in both of its meetings. Earlier this season against the Golden Bears the Wildcats lost, 1-6. The Cats are 9-28 against the Bears in the all-time series.
Ranked Wildcats: The Arizona women's tennis team moved down in the rankings to No. 37. Junior Dianne Hollands moved up in the rankings from No. 21 to No. 17. Junior Maja Mlakar is ranked No. 111. The juniors as a doubles team hold the No. 9 ranking in the country.