Feb. 20, 2009
Losing the doubles point in the third match in a row, the Wildcats fell to the Aztecs Friday afternoon 4-3.
For the first time this season, Arizona is ranked in the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis Rankings in a tie with six other teams at No. 75.
Also ranked for the first time this season is freshman Natasha Marks, at No. 124, who lost to SDSU's Emma Cioffi 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4.
Senior Danielle Steinberg is still undefeated this season in singles for dual matches with a win today against Julia Trunk 6-2, 7-5 in the number one spot. Also undefeated in singles is freshman Sarah Landsman, who defeated Olivia Colman 6-0, 6-2 in the number four spot.
"We lost but we gained a world of knowledge today." Said assistant coach Ryan Stotland, "This is a great lesson learned. We know what we need to work on, and losing is only going to make us better. It's about having a good attitude, having fun, and of course some hard work too. We showed a lot of heart and we're looking to bounce back tomorrow against USD."
In doubles, Steinberg and Landsman defeated Roxanne and Sierra Ellison 8-3 in the Wildcats' only doubles win. Junior Claire Rietsch and Natasha Marks fell to Trunk and partner Holly Bagshaw 9-7, and Ariane Masschelein and Jane Huh lost to Esther Cadua and Kathryn Kitts 9-8 (3).
Up next, the Wildcats take on the University of San Diego on Saturday, February 21 at noon P.T.
1. Bagshaw/Trunk (SDSU) def. Marks/Rietsch (UA) 9-7
2. Steinberg/Landsman (UA) def. Ellison/Ellison (SDSU) 8-3
3. Cadua/Kitts (SDSU) def. Masschelein/Huh (UA) 9-8 (3)
1. Danielle Steinberg (UA) def. Julia Trunk (SDSU) 6-2, 7-5
2. Holly Bagshaw (SDSU) def. Ariane Masschelein (UA) 6-4, 6-0
3. Emma Cioffi (SDSU) def. (#124) Natasha Marks (UA) 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4
4. Sarah Landsman (UA) def. Olivia Colman (SDSU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Milana Yusupov (SDSU) def. Jane Huh (UA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
6. Debora Castany (UA) def. Sierra Ellison (SDSU) 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2