TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona women’s tennis seniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar earned at-large bids to compete in the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships May 23-28 in Athens, Ga.
Hollands and Mlakar were selected as a doubles team, while Hollands will play as a singles competitor, as well. Hollands and Mlakar will be one of five Pac-10 pairs in the 32-team field, and Hollands is one of 17 Pac-10 singles players selected to compete in the 64-player tournament.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 19-22). The University of Georgia will serve as host.
No. 15 Hollands and Mlakar, have battled to a 27-9 record this year. The pair of Wildcat seniors played in the No. 1 position in all 19 of the team’s dual matches, earning a 17-2 record. In their final campaign together, Hollands and Mlakar had winning streaks of nine and 10 matches, respectively, as they defeated four opponents ranked 25th or higher. Their senior year began with high expectations, as the pair was dubbed top-ranked duo nationally, after finishing 2004 at No. 4. Last week at the Pac-10 Championships, Hollands and Mlakar reached the championship match, where they lost to Stanford’s Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette, 8-1.
Hollands enters the singles tournament needing one win to reach the 100- victory plateau in her career. Hollands garners a 25-6 record for her senior year, thus far, after going 74-39 in her first three years. After entering the fall as the No. 7-ranked player, the New Zealand native has slipped to No. 31, but has been solid of late. In dual match play, Hollands was an undefeated 9-0 at the No. 2 position.
In the tournament, all matches will be the best of three sets, with regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games. Draws will be announced at a later date.