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2003-04 Women's Tennis Season Review
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/24/2004
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June 24, 2004

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The Arizona women's tennis team completed its 2003-2004 season on May 15 after suffering a second-round loss to Southern California in the NCAA Division I Tournament. The Wildcats were led by Head Coach Vicky Maes and assistant coach Petar Danolic. As a team the Wildcats compiled a season record of 7-13, 2-6 in the Pac-10. This record was good enough for sixth in the Pac-10, and a final ranking of No. 39 in the ITA polls.

Although Arizona started the season with a strong 3-1 record, the Wildcats faced some tough opponents and went 3-11 after the strong start. The Wildcats started the season with a preseason ranking of No. 26 in the country. After failing to record a win from March 5 to March 28, the Wildcats ranking fell to No. 36. Two of Arizona's biggest wins on the season came on Feb. 28 and April 17 against Arizona State. The Wildcats' biggest upset on the season came on May 14 in round 1 of the NCAA Division I Tournament as they defeated No. 21 ranked Indiana, 4-2, to advance to the second round of competition.

In singles action, juniors Dianne Hollands and Kelly Perry were the only two Wildcats to record winning records on the season. Perry began the dual-match season by going 6-0 from the fifth position and finished the season with a 16-13 overall record. No. 13 ranked Hollands earned a record of 31-12. Hollands was named to the all Pac-10 first team, and all-academic Pac-10 first team.

In doubles action, the Wildcats strongest team was the pair of juniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar. The duo's highest ranking of the season came in the final rankings at No. 5. Hollands and Mlakar finished the season with a 19-8 record.

In fall tournament action, the Wildcats best hope at a title was taken away by rain in the Baylor Invitational. Hollands was set to take on Tulane's Jenny Kuhn in the singles finals of the Gold Brackett, and the team of Hollands and Mlakar had advanced to the doubles finals of the green brackett before both matches were cancelled due to rain. Hollands also had an impressive showing in the ITA National Indoor Championships. She reached the quarterfinals where she fell to No. 3 ranked Cristelle Grier of Northwestern. Hollands also fell to Grier in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament Singles Championships.

Season Highlights

Dianne Hollands: Arizona's No. 1 singles player for the majority of the regular season... Compiled an overall singles record of 31-12 on the season... Ended the season ranked No. 13... Highest ranking of No. 11 came on May 3... Began the season with a ranking of No. 29... Lowest ranking of the season came on Feb. 24 at No. 34... Biggest upset of the season came on April 10 against California's No. 4 ranked Raquel Kops-Jones when she was ranked 17...Also upset No. 18 ranked Petra Dizdar of Texas while ranked No. 34... Reached the finals of the Green Brackett at the Baylor Inviational before the tournament was cancelled due to rain... Defeated Florida's Jennifer Magley and Armstrong Atlantic State's Zsofia Golopenzca to reach the quarterfinals of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships where she lost to Cristelle Grier of Northwestern... Reached the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament before falling to No. 1 ranked Raquel Kops-Jones of California... Reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament Singles Championship where she lost to No. 3 ranked Cristelle Grier of Northwestern... Teamed up with fellow junior Maja Mlakar as the Wildcats top doubles team... The pair earned an overall record of 19-8... The duo finished the season with a No. 5 ranking... As a doubles team, the highest ranking of the season came on April 27 at No. 5... Hollands and Mlakar reached the semifinals of the Pac-10 Doubles Championship... The pair lost in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament.

Maja Mlakar: Played primarily in the No. 2 spot during the regular season... Played five matches in the No. 1 position... Earned an overall record of 14-17... Tallied 3 wins against ranked opponents... Ranked No. 18 in the preseason... Finished the season unranked... Reached the finals of the Green Brackett at the Baylor Inviational before the tournament was cancelled due to rain... Teamed up with fellow junior Dianne Hollands as the Wildcats top doubles team... The pair earned an overall record of 19-8... The duo finished the season with a No. 5 ranking... As a doubles team, the highest ranking of the season came on April 27 at No. 5... Hollands and Mlakar reached the semifinals of the Pac-10 Doubles Championship... The pair lost in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament.

Debbie Larocque: The Wildcats' lone senior on the squad... In the beginning of the season, competed primarily in the No. 3 position... Competed in the fourth position towards the end of the season... Finished the season with a 10-21 record... Had a doubles record of 5-7 when paired with junior Kelly Perry... Had a doubles record of 3-12 when paired with freshman Kasia Jakowlew.

Kelly Perry: Alternated between the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth positions for the Wildcats... Finished the season as Arizona's primary No. 3 player... One of only two Wildcats to earn a winning record on the season with her 16-13 record... Had a six match winning streak in the beginning of the 2004 dual-match season... Went 6-1 in the fifth position... Had a winning record while playing in the third, fourth, and fifth positions... Had a 5-7 doubles record when paired with senior Debbie Larocque... Had a 6-5 record when paired with freshman Jessie Rochefort.

Kasia Jakowlew: Did not compete for the majority of the season... When competing, played primarily in the No. 4 position... Earned an overall record of 1-8... Went 3-12 when teamed up with senior Debbie Larocque in doubles.

Jessie Rochefort: Alternated between the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions for the Wildcats... Earned an overall record of 10-17.. Had a winning record of 2-0 in the sixth position... Had a record of 3-3 in the fourth position. Had a 6-5 record when paired with junior Kelly Perry... Had a record of 3-5 when paired with sophomore Iza Ferreira.

Iza Ferreira: Competed primarily in the No. 6 position for the Wildcats... Earned a record of 6-17 on the season... Had a doubles record of 3-5 when paired with freshman Jessie Rochefort... Transferred to Arizona from Southwest Baptist University after last season.

Kelly Duncan: Earned an overall singles record of 1-7... Went 1-1 in the sixth position for the Wildcats... Win came against Northern Arizona's Jeanie Willman, 6-0, 6-0.

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