Feb. 18, 2011
TUCSON - The Wildcats are back in Tucson this week as they host two ranked opponents, No. 43 Utah and No. 48 Rice. The Cats won their first match defeating Utah, 6-1.
In doubles play Sarah Landsman and Natasha Marks took on Anastasia Putilina and Paige Miles, after an early lead by Utah the Cats came back to win 8-4. In the No. 2 spot the freshman duo of Lacey Smyth and Kim Stubbe took an early lead to defeat Evgenia Kruchkova and Lucia Kovarcikova, 8-3. After a close start in the No. 3 position Susan Mc Rann and Jane Huh beat Sarah Pham and Lexi Provancha, 8-4.
"This was a great team effort all around, "said head coach Vicky Maes. "We played smart doubles and got after them from the very beginning. Winning that point the way we did gave us a lot of positive momentum which carried over into our singles play."
Smyth was first to finish in singles play defeating Kovarcikova, 6-0, 6-2. Next to finish was Marks in the No. 2 spot, she beat No. 59 Kryuchkova, 6-2, 6-1. In the No. 4 spot Stubbe beat Pham, 6-2, 6-4.
Next to finish was Huh in the No. 6 position. Huh lost 7-5, 6-4 to Miles for Arizona's only loss of the day.
Mc Rann defeated Provancha in a super tiebreaker 2-6, 6-4, 10-6. Last to finish was Landsman in the No, 1 position, after winning the first set quickly Landsman fought a close battle to defeat Putilina, 6-0, 7-5.
"Utah is a proven team and we never gave them a chance to get into the match," Maes said.
The Wildcats play next as they host Rice on Saturday February 19 at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The start of this match has been changed from its original time of 1 p.m. to 11 a.m. Arizona will also be hosting ITA/USTA Kids on Campus day on Saturday February 19. Refreshments will be provided and fans will have the opportunity to meet Arizona Wildcat women's tennis player and coaches.
No. 59 Arizona 6 No. 43 Utah 1
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center- Tucson, Ariz.
1. Landsman/Marks def. Putilina/Miles 8-4
2. Smyth/Stubbe def. Kryuchkova/Kovarcikova 8-3
3. Mc Rann/Huh def. Pham/Provancha 8-4
1. Sarah Landsman def. No. 114 Anastasia Putilina 6-0, 7-5
2. Natasha Marks def. No. 59 Evgenia Kryuchkova 6-2, 6-1
3. Lacey Smyth def. Lucia Kovarcikova 6-0, 6-2
4. Kim Stubbe def. Sarah Pham 6-2, 6-4
5. Susan Mc Rann def. Lexi Provancha 2-6, 6-4 (10-6)
6. Paige Miles def. Jane Huh 7-5, 6-4