Feb. 17, 2004
Taking the Team on the Road: The Wildcats (3-2, 0-1) will travel to Los Angeles, Calif. for their second road trip of the season. On Friday Feb. 20, No. 34 Arizona will take on No. 15 Southern California (4-3, 1-0) at 1:30 p.m.. Then the Wildcats will head across town to compete against No. 8 UCLA (4-3, 0-2) on Feb. 22 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Time Out: The No. 34 Arizona women's tennis team hosted No. 51 New Mexico on Feb. 12 and won, 5-2. The Wildcats then traveled to Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 14 to take on the Oregon Ducks. Although five of six singles matches were taken into three sets, the Wildcats lost 6-1.
The Trojans: The No. 15 Trojans will look different than last year's squad as they bring in seven newcomers and return only four veterans. No. 24 ranked junior Luana Magnani is the Trojans top player on the court. Last season she finished the season with an 18-5 overall record. The Trojans will most likely place sophomore Carine Vermeulen in the second position. Vermuelen is currently ranked No. 70 in the country and finished last season with a 19-3 record. Magnani and Vermuelen will also pair up to be the biggest threat for the Trojans in doubles action. The pair is currently ranked No. 42. The Trojans biggest win of the season came against No. 8 UCLA. Arizona has struggled with USC in the past with an overall series record of 15-23.
The Bruins: The match against the Bruins will be the third Pac-10 match for the Wildcats. No. 8 UCLA is comprised of nine returning veterans and three newcomers. The Bruins top player is No. 17 ranked Jackie Carleton. Carleton holds an 11-6 overall singles record. The Bruins' greatest threat in doubles is the No. 3 ranked team of Carleton and junior Lauren Fisher. The 4-3 Bruins have competed against only ranked opponents. UCLA has defeated No. 63 Loyola Marrimont, No. 9 UNC-Chapel Hill, No. 65 UC-Irvine, and No. 21 Fresno State. The Bruins have lost to No. 15 USC, No. 1 Stanford, and No. 6 Vanderbuilt. Thanks to the losses against USC and Stanford, the Bruins currently hold an 0-2 record in the Pac-10. Arizona has a 7-34 overall record against the Bruins.
So Far: Junior Kelly Perry is the only undefeated Wildcat left for the 2004 dual-match season. Perry is now 5-0 in singles matches in the 5th position. No. 19 ranked juniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar have teamed up in the No. 1 doubles position for the Wildcats and have earned a record of 4-0.