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Arizona Embarks On Territorial Battle
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Release: 04/18/2013
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April 18, 2013

TEMPE, Ariz. -

No. 67 Arizona women's tennis (9-13, 1-8) will face No. 22 Arizona State (15-5, 5-4) in Tempe, Ariz., this Saturday, April 20, for a season-finale Territorial Cup matchup. The match is set to kick-off at 1 p.m.

Currently, Arizona stands 10th in the Pac-12 standings, while Arizona State is fifth.

This past weekend, Arizona dropped matches to No. 12 Stanford and No. 9 California at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

Against Stanford last Friday, Arizona junior Susan Mc Rann (Dublin, Ireland) and sophomore Laura Oldham (Sheffield, England) earned their third win in doubles over Stanford's Natalie Dillon and Krista Hardebeck at the No. 3 spot.

Against Cal, UA junior Lacey Smyth (Oceanside, Calif.) and freshman Shayne Austin (Oak Park, Calif.) upset then-ranked No. 23 Lynn Chi and Anett Schutting, 8-6, at the No. 1 doubles spot. It was the 11th time that the two Arizona players partnered up in doubles, recording their eighth victory.

At the No. 2 doubles spot, UA juniors Kim Stubbe (Mol, Belgium) and Akilah James (Brooklyn, N.Y.) shut-out then-ranked No. 29 Zsofi Susanyi and Hlara Fabikova, 8-0, to help Arizona clinch the doubles point. Stubbe and Jame have paired up at the No. 2 doubles spot for seven-consecutive matches and the duo's record is 3-3.

Despite the two losses over the weekend, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association moved Arizona up in the overall team rankings from No. 75 to No. 67 this week.

Smyth is currently ranked at No. 65 in singles rankings. It is the ninth-consecutive week that the Oceanside native has been individually ranked by the ITA. Her current singles record is 15-7 with all her matches being played at the No. 1 spot.

Before last weekend's matches, Stubbe played at the No. 2 singles spot in all dual matches this season. Her record is 14-5.

Oldham has recorded eight wins at the No. 3 singles spot this season.

James is 12-8 this season in her appearances at the No. 3 and 4 singles spot.

Austin has competed at the No. 5 singles spot for 15 dual matches this season, and she has recorded seven wins in those matches.

In the last meeting between the Arizona schools, Arizona blanked Arizona State, 7-0, at home. Smyth, Stubbe, Mc Rann and Oldham were among those that competed and recorded singles victories in the match.

Arizona State has won seven out of the last ten meetings against Arizona.

Both teams are entering the match having lost four-consecutive matches at home. The Sun Devils also dropped matches against California and Stanford this past weekend.

Arizona State's record at home this season is 9-4.

No. 21 Jacqueline Cako is the only ranked player for the Sun Devils and has competed at the No. 1 singles spot this season.

Two Sun Devil pairs are ranked in doubles. No. 28 Cako and Nicole Smith has played at the No. 1 spot for the past three matches, and No. 86 Leighann Sahagun and Desirae Krawczyk has made appearances at the No. 2 and 3 spots this season.

Saturday's match will sway the overall Territorial Cup Series Standings, as the series score is deadlocked at 5.5-5.5.

Up Next: Arizona will head to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-12 Tennis Championships, starting on Wednesday, April 24.

For immediate results and continued coverage of Arizona Women's Tennis, visit ArizonaWildcats.com, or visit the Arizona Women's Tennis Facebook page, or follow @ArizonaWTennis on Twitter.

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