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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/30/2010
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Jan. 30, 2010

TUCSON--The Arizona women's tennis team defeated Northern Arizona 6-1 Saturday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

The Wildcats (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10) started off the day with doubles, and sophomore Natasha Marks and freshman Alexandrina Naydenova were first to finish on court one with an 8-2 win over No. 35 ranked Malia Wahinepio and Orsi Golovics.

The Cats struggled on court two when sophomore Sarah Landsman and senior Claire Rietch gave up at 7-2 advantage and lost 9-7 to NAU's (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) Nicole Perez and Aimee Oki. On court three, senior Ariane Masschelein and junior Jane Huh clinched the doubles point for the Wildcats with an 8-5 win over Yumi Hasegawa and Edit Suhajda.

In singles play, Rietch was first to finish on court five with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over NAU's Perez. Court two's result came shortly after as Landsman defeated Oki 6-2, 6-0.

Ranked at No. 46 in the Campbell's/ITA singles rankings, Marks' win on court one clinched the win for the Wildcats when she defeated Golovics 6-3, 6-2.

Sophomore Debora Castany defeated Hasegawa on court six, 6-3, 6-3, and Masschelein defeated Suhajda 7-6, 7-5 on court three.

Arizona's only loss of the day for singles came on court four, with Naydenova losing to Wahinepio 7-5, 2-6, 8-10.

"Today's match was a good learning experience for our team." Said head coach Vicky Maes, "We managed to win easily but I certainly feel we could have done a better job in certain areas. In order for us to grow as a team we need to develop more of a killer instinct. I was happy with our competitiveness, but we need to be stronger mentally."

Arizona will wrap a five-game homestead Thursday, February 4 vs. New Mexico State at 1pm. Saturday the Wildcats face the University of San Diego at 11 am. Both matches will take place at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

Complete Results:

Doubles

1. Marks/Naydenova UA def. No. 35 Whainepio/Golovics NAU 8-2

2. Perez/Oki NAU def. Landsman/Rietsch UA 9-7

3. Masschelein/Huh UA def. Suhajda/Hasegawa NAU 8-5

Order: 1, 2, 3

Singles

1. No. 46 Marks UA def. Golovics NAU 6-3, 6-2 *

2. Landsman UA def Oki NAU 6-2, 6-0

3. Masschelein UA def. Suhajda 7-6, 7-5

4. Wahinepio NAU def. Naydenova UA 5-7, 6-2, 10-8

5. Rietsch UA def. Perez NAU 6-0, 6-0

6. Castany UA def. Hasegawa NAU 6-3, 6-3

Order: 5, 2, 1, 6, 4, 3

*Clinched Win

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