TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona women’s tennis team garnered two victories Sunday as they defeated New Mexico State and San Francisco.
In the morning the doubles point was earned with wins by the tandems of freshman Lauren Marker with senior Akilah James and seniors Kim Stubbe with Susan Mc Rann. The other doubles match between senior Lacey Smyth with sophomore Shayne Austin versus Susana Alcarez and Denise Van Der Ben did not finish.
In singles play the girls continued their strong play from the doubles matches.
Stubbe got out to a fast start in her singles match winning her first set 6-0. She went on to finish the match winning the second set clean as well 6-0. This earned the Cats their second point of the day.
James also played a great match defeating Denise Van Der Ben, 6-2, 6-2.
Junior Laura Oldham earned a hard fought victory, 6-3, 6-2 over Mia Brandt clinching the victory for the Cats.
Marker, Smyth, and Austin did not finish their matches, but were all up in the second set.
“The morning matches went smoothly and everyone cruised,” said Head Coach Vicky Maes. “But it was the second match that we knew was going to push us.”
The second match of the day definitely pushed the Cats as they fought hard for the win earning a 6-1 victory over San Francisco.
The Wildcats battled to earn the doubles point to begin the match. The same teams from the morning paired up again. James with Marker and Mc Rann with Stubbe both won their matches by a score of, 6-3. The other doubles match between Smyth and Austin versus Thyra Taune and Sofia Holmberg did not finish.
James played another great match recording the second point for the Cats winning, 6-1, 6-1.
Oldham earned another victory in the No. 6 spot defeating Brooke Irish, 6-3, 6-2.
In a back and forth battle Marker lost the first set 5(8)-6(10), won the second 6-2, and won the tie-break 11-9.
Austin also pushed for a third tiebreak set winning the first 6-1, losing the second 2-6, and won the tiebreak as well 13-11.
Stubbe earned another win defeating Andrea Ka, 6-3, 7-5.
Smyth dropped her first match of the season losing, 6-4, 6-4 to Thyra Taune.
“The team responded with a solid performance in the doubles to start,” said Maes. “In singles though we knew we couldn’t let up and I’m very pleased with how we battled this one out. This match could have truly gone either way, but the Cats hung tough and prevailed.”
The Wildcats will be back in action next Friday Feb. 7 for a double header. In the first match the Cats will take on Grand Canyon at 10 a.m. They will then match up against the ladies from UTEP at 2 p.m. Both matches will take place at the Robson Tennis Center.
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New Mexico State
1. Smyth, Lacey (ARIZ) def. Alcaraz, Susana (NMSU) DNF
2. Stubbe, Kim (ARIZ) def. Shrivastava,Ashvarya (NMSU) 6-0, 6-0
3. James, Akilah (ARIZ) def. Van Der Ben, Denise (NMSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Marker, Lauren (ARIZ) def. Witte, Annemieke (NMSU) DNF
5. Austin, Shayne (ARIZ) def. Collens, Brittany (NMSU) DNF
6. Oldham, Laura (ARIZ) def. Brandt, Mia (NMSU) 6-3, 6-2
1. Smyth, Lacey/Austin, Shayne (ARIZ) def. Alcaraz, Susana/Van Der Ben, Denise (NMSU) DNF
2. Marker, Lauren/James, Akilah (ARIZ) def. Witte, Annemieke/Shrivastava,Ashvarya (NMSU) 6-2
3. Stubbe, Kim/Mc Rann, Susan (ARIZ) def. Thiffault,Marie-Pier/Jolliff, Chloe (NMSU) 6-1
1. Taune, Thyra (SFU) def. Smyth, Lacey (ARIZ) 6-4, 6-4
2. Stubbe, Kim (ARIZ) def. Ka, Andrea (SFU) 6-3, 7-5 (10-8)
3. James, Akilah (ARIZ) def. Holmberg, Sofia (SFU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Marker, Lauren (ARIZ) def. Nikolic, Marina (SFU) 5-7 (8-10), 6-3, 11-9
5. Austin, Shayne (ARIZ) def. Hadzi-Tanovic,Milica (SFU) 6-1, 2-6, 13-11
6. Oldham, Laura (ARIZ) def. Irish, Brooke (SFU) 6-3, 6-2
1. Holmberg, Sofia/Taune, Thyra (SFU) def. Smyth, Lacey/Austin, Shayne (ARIZ) DNF
2. Marker, Lauren/James, Akilah (ARIZ) def. Nikolic, Marina/Ka, Andrea (SFU) 6-3
3. Stubbe, Kim/Mc Rann, Susan (ARIZ) def. McCloskey, Genevieve/Hadzi-Tanovic,Milica (SFU) 6-3