Women’s Tennis Improves to 4-0 with Win over LMU
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 39 Arizona’s Women’s Tennis (4-0) team defeated Loyola Marymount (0-3), 4-3, in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Wildcats took the first two doubles positions to win the point, before splitting the singles matches with the Lions 3-3.
After the match, Arizona Head Coach Vicky Maes said, “I’m not at all happy with this match. Not to take anything away from LMU, but there is absolutely no reason for the way we played. This match was a real eye-opener, and as with any match we’ll try to take something positive from it.”
In doubles play, No. 17-ranked seniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar defeated Carla Arguelles and Patrycia Hubl, 8-4, at the one. In the second position, senior Kelly Perry and junior Stephanie Balzert won their ninth consecutive match together by beating Tamara Tanner and Serena Fermin, 8-2, giving the Wildcats the doubles point. In the third position, freshman Camelia Todorova and sophomore Jessie Rochefort lost to Erin Ivey and Kimi Kaloi, 8-5.
In singles play, No. 23 Hollands was the first to finish, defeating Tanner, 6-2, 6-1, at the two. Next, Perry completed the only other two-set match on the day, defeating Hubl, 6-3, 6-0, in the four spot.
With Arizona up 3-0, sophomore Kasia Jakowlew dropped her match to Kaloi, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, in the fifth position. The loss is Jakowlew’s second in a row after having won her eight previous contests. At the next court over, Todorova, like Jakowlew, won her first set before losing the next two, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, to Ivey, bringing the Lions within a point of Arizona.
On Court One, No. 63 Mlakar stepped up to defeat Arguelles in the third set, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, clinching a team victory for Arizona.
Mlakar’s victory, along with Perry and Holland’s wins give the Arizona seniors an 11-1 singles record during dual match play. Additionally, the Wildcats have not lost a doubles match in which a senior has competed, going 8-0, thus far.
Of the exceptional results that her seniors have turned in, Maes said, “The seniors have been there before and they have taken charge and stepped up. Ultimately, we expect these results, but we don’t want to take them for granted. Hopefully the younger kids learn from that.”
Saturday, the Wildcats take on another West Coast Conference squad, No. 51 San Diego, at home, beginning at 2 p.m.
1. No. 17 Mlakar/Hollands (UA) def. Arguelles/Hubl (LMU) 8-4
2. Balzert/Perry (UA) def. Tanner/Fermin (Sac. St.) 8-2
3. Ivey/Kaloi def. Rochefort/Todorova (UA) 8-5
1. No. 63 Maja Mlakar (UA) def. Carla Arguelles (LMU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. No. 23 Dianne Hollands (UA) def. Tamara Tanner (LMU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Serena Fermin (LMU) def. Stephanie Balzert (UA) 7-6, 1-6, 6-1
4. Kelly Perry (UA) def. Patrycia Hubl (LMU) 6-3, 6-0
5. Kimi Kaloi (LMU) def. Kasia Jakowlew (UA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
6. Erin Ivey (LMU) def. Camelia Todorova (UA) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5