This Weekend: Arizona wraps up its Fall season this weekend, Nov. 11-14, at the ITA Regionals in Irvine, Calif. The Wildcats are one of 14 teams competing in this weekend's tournament that includes UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Northridge, Loyola Marymount, UNLV, San Diego, San Diego State, and host school UC Irvine. These 14 teams are competing in one of the 17 ITA Regionals around the country that will span a three-week period. One hundred one singles players and 48 doubles teams will competing in the tournament. The winner of both brackets will advance to the 2000 Rolex National Indoor Championships in Dallas, Feb. 3-6, the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam. The tournament kicks off at 9 a.m MST on Thursday with singles play while doubles competition is set to begin Thursday at 3 p.m. MST. The regional concludes Monday with the singles championship at 10 a.m MST which will be immediately followed by the doubles championship.
The Lineup: Name Yr. Hometown Vanessa Abel Sr. Tucson, Arizona Lindsay Blau So. Ossining, New York Joanna Buczkowska Jr. Zakopane, Poland Michelle Gough Jr. Johannesburg, South Africa Laresa Marino So. San Diego, California Carly Stringer So. Launton, Bicester, England Brooke Taylor So. Newport Beach, California Uzma Kahn Fr. Hyderabad, India Siri Fomsgaard Fr. Copenhagen, Denmark
Michigan Invitational: Freshman Uzma Khan's performance highlighted the weekend for the Wildcats capturing the singles title of her bracket. Khan capped off the tournament with a victory over Texas A&M's Leah Killen, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 for the title. Sophomores Laresa Marino and Carly Stringer highlighted Arizona's doubles play winning all three of their matches on the weekend. Sophomore Lindsay Blau and junior Michelle Gough notched an impressive victory over Texas A&M's No. 1 duo of Lisa Dingwall and Martina Nedorostova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Dingwall and Nedorostova went undefeated at the recently-played College World Team Tennis Games held in Palo Alto, Calif.
Sudden Impact: Khan's success at the Michigan Invitational is indicative her Fall season thus far. An 9-1 start and two singles titles highlight the season. Khan last competed two weeks ago at the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif., where she advanced to the quarterfinal round before falling to the eventual tournament champion, Kim Niggemeyer of Fresno State.
Last Season: Arizona finished the season with an overall record of 8-14 placing them sixth in the Pac-10 Conference. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by top-ranked Florida.
Cats in the Polls: In the ITA preseason rankings, the duo of Lindsay Blau and Uzma Kahn are ranked No. 36 in the nation. Team rankings will not be released until later in the fall.
Head Coach: Brad Dancer begins his first year as head coach at Arizona
replacing Stephanie London. Dancer played No. 1 singles and doubles at
Michigan State, graduating with a degree in
business in 1993. In his time at Michigan State, Dancer was a four-time
Academic All-Big Ten member and was selected to the All-Big Ten team his
senior year. Dancer's professional coaching highlights include serving as
an assistant for the 1996 Fed Cup team.
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Epley and Vicky Maes round out the coaching staff
for the Wildcats this season. Epley comes to Arizona after serving as an
assistant last year at Alabama. In addition to his duties at Arizona, Epley
is involved in coaching at the professional tennis level including serving
as an assistant for the Fed Cup team under head coach Billie Jean King.
Maes, a four-time tennis All-American, returns to her alma mater as a
volunteer assistant. Maes graduated from Arizona in '98 but not before
becoming the most decorated player in the program's history. Maes was a
two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, a GTE All-American, and was selected to
the Pac-10 All-Decade team.