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No. 55 Arizona to wrap regular season
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Release: 04/14/2010
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April 14, 2010

No. 55 Arizona vs. No. 54 Sacramento State
1:30 p.m. |Friday, April 16
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

No. 55 Arizona vs. No. 27 Arizona State
1 p.m. |Saturday, April 17
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

TUCSON--The No. 55 Arizona women's tennis team returns home this weekend to host their final two matches of the regular season. On Friday, April 16, the Wildcats will host No. 54 Sacrament State at 1:30pm. On Saturday, in the Sate Farm Territorial Cup match up, Arizona will go head to head with conference rivals No. 27 Arizona State. Both matches will be held at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

"Sac State is a great challenge for us." Said head coach Vicky Maes, "We always have close matches with them and we expect it to be a battle. ASU on Saturday will be a great match too. We look forward to playing these last matches at home and finish the regular season on a high note."

About the Hornets: No. 54 Sacramento State closed out the month of March with triumphs over Fresno State, Idaho State, Weber State, and Montana. Against Fresno State, the Hornets took a pair of late wins at positions 1 and 3 to secure the 5-2 win. The rest of the weekend was capped by a trio of 7-0 wins over their conference foes. Sacramento State is now 16-5 on the season, and 7-0 against their Big Sky opponents.

About the Sun Devils: Like the Wildcats, No. 27 Arizona State will be coming to Tucson nursing a pair of losses to UCLA and USC. Against the Trojans, ASU picked up a doubles win at No. 2, and lost a pair of close ones at No. 1 and No. 3. In singles, Michelle Brycki and Sianna Simmons picked up wins at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Saturday, Arizona State was edged by UCLA 4-3, with Micaela Hein and Kelcy McKenna notching a pair of upsets. Arizona State is 12-5 overall, and 4-3 in conference play.

Last Time Out: In their last road trip of the regular season, Arizona was hit with a pair of tough losses to UCLA and USC. The No. 8 Bruins proved to be too much for the Wildcats, who lost 7-0. The Cats took another 7-0 loss Saturday to USC, but it wasn't a complete sweep with sophomore Natasha Marks and Debora Castany defeating Fansler and Kinstler 8-7 (5)

Cats in the Rankings: In the Campbell's/ITA tennis rankings, Arizona moved up from 56 to 55 in the April 13 list. In singles, Natasha Marks is ranked at No. 107, and fellow sophomore Sarah Landsman is ranked at 124.

Returning Cats: Arizona has seven players returning to the Wildcat roster this season. Seniors Ariane Masschelein, Claire Rietsch, and Natalia Toporowska, junior Jane Huh, and sophomores Natasha Marks, Sarah Landsman, and Debora Castany.

New Additions: New to the Wildcat roster are freshmen Shannon Cassidy and Elizabeth Hammond, who joined up in the fall, and University of Georgia transfer Alexandrina Naydenova, who joined before spring play. Also joining the Wildcats is Volunteer Assistant Coach Danielle Steinberg, who led the Cats last season in the No. 1 singles position.

Head Coach Vicky Maes: Vicky Maes enters her ninth year as the head women's tennis coach. One of the greatest players in Arizona women's tennis history, Maes has been at the University of Arizona since 1994. She got her start as a student-athlete, then continued on as a coordinator for the model Life Skills Program and has served as the head coach of the women's tennis team since October 2000. As a student-athlete, Maes was the squad's No. 1 singles and doubles player throughout her entire career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1996, as well as being tabbed a four-time first team All-Pac-10 selection. A native of Belgium, Maes has brought great success in her first eight seasons at the helm of the program. Maes led the Wildcats to team and/or individual postseason competition each year, won the 2003 Pac-10 Championships for the first time since 1994, and produced several first team All-Americans and All-Pac-10 players.

Fall Action: In the fall semester, the Wildcats participated in seven events: the Miner Fall Invite, the New Mexico Invitational, the SDSU Fall Classic, the All-American Riviera, ITA Regionals, the Southwest Collegiate Invite, and the CSUN Invitational. At the Miner Fall Invite, Masschelein won out her singles flight, and at the ITA Regionals, No. 4 seed made it to the semifinal round.

Up Next: Next up for the Wildcats is the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, California. Play begins April 22 and continues through the 25th.

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