This Weekend: Arizona (7-7, 1-2 in Pac-10) looks to snap a two-match losing skid as it travels to take on 24th-ranked Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns (10-5, 7-0 in Big 12) are currently riding a four-matching winning streak highlighted by victories ov
This Weekend: Arizona (7-7, 1-2 in Pac-10) looks to snap a two-match
losing skid as it travels to take on 24th-ranked Texas Longhorns. The
Longhorns (10-5, 7-0 in Big 12) are currently riding a four-matching
winning streak highlighted by victories over second-ranked Arizona State,
6-3, and 19th-ranked Tennessee, 6-3.
The Longhorns hold down three singles and two doubles spots in the latest
polls. Junior Janet Walker boasts a team-leading No. 29 ranking. Sophomores
Vladka Uhlirova (73rd) and Kaysie Smashey (tied-87th) also checked in the
latest singles rankings. Smashey and Walker team up for the 18th-best
doubles team in the country, while sophomore Joanne Masongsong and Uhlirova
hold down the No. 33 spot.
Last year, Texas defeated the Wildcats, 5-1, in Tucson. The Longhorns lead
the all-time series, 9-3.
The Wildcats are 6-7 against ranked opponents this year.
Name Yr. Hometown
Uzma Kahn Fr. Hyderabad, India
Lindsay Blau So. Ossining, New York
Michelle Gough Jr. Johannesburg, South Africa
Vanessa Abel Sr. Tucson, Arizona
Laresa Marino So. San Diego, California
Joanna Buczkowska Jr. Zakopane, Poland
Brooke Taylor So. Newport Beach, California
Siri Fomsgaard Fr. Copenhagen, Denmark
Two Weeks Ago: The Wildcats wrapped up their hectic middle part of the
season with three matches in four days. UA first played host to Marquette
and outlasted the Golden Eagles, 5-4, on the strength of four singles
victories and a win by the doubles team of Gough and Blau for the fifth
and deciding point. Arizona then traveled out to southern California for
matches with Pac-10 foes USC and UCLA. The Wildcats made their first stop
at ninth-ranked USC where they fell to the Trojans, 6-2. UA accounted for
its points at the top two doubles positions. Eighth-ranked UCLA then
exacted revenge for an early season loss to the Wildcats in Tucson, 5-4.
The Bruins downed Arizona, 6-3. UA picked up points with two singles and a
"It was nice to have a couple weeks off. The girls were starting to fatigue
in the long middle portion of the season. Now, they are back and ready for
the final stretch of the schedule.
"Texas is going to be a real battle for us. Although we are ranked higher
than UT, it doesn't mean a thing. You can throw the rankings right out the
window. Their ranking doesn't indicate how good that team really is.
"I am very pleased with where we are ranked (16) in the polls. The girls
have worked really hard all year long and are constantly improving their
On losing close matches to USC and UCLA two weeks ago:
"Losing close matches to them was a reminder to our team that we can play
with anybody. Tennis is a game that requires a strong mental attitude, and our team is starting to play with that mental
toughness and confidence against the top teams in the country."
On sophomore Lindsay Blau and junior Michelle Gough's doubles play:
"We couldn't ask any more from Michelle and Lindsay. They are good friends
and it shows in the chemistry they have on the court."
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
Cats in the Polls: The Wildcats vaulted from 21st to 16th in the country
in the March 22 edition of the WingspanBank.com rankings. The ranking is
the highest for the Wildcats all season. UA jumped back into the Bob Larsen
Coaches Poll at No. 24. The third individual singles and doubles rankings
of the season were released March 1, and junior Michelle Gough earned a No.
59 ranking for a 13-13 record that includes a victory against then
third-ranked Kaaryna Valkyova of San Diego , 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Gough and
doubles partner sophomore Lindsay Blau vaulted 17 spots to No. 3 for
their impressive 23-8 record. The Region VIII fall doubles title and
runner-up at the Indoor Championships highlight their year. Gough and Blau
are 3-2 against top 25 opponents this year. Uzma Khan moved back into the
49th spot for her 16-11 record after falling to No. 54. An upset win over
then top-ranked Zuzana Lesenarova in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, highlights
her season to date. The ninth team rankings of the year along with singles
and doubles will be released March 29. For a complete list of rankings,
visit the ITA website at www.ITAtennis.com
Head Coach: Brad Dancer is in 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 Coach: Kevin 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 joins C.A.T.S. staff: Volunteer Assistant Vicky Maes stepped down as
volunteer assistant tennis coach this past week. The move was prompted by
her hiring in the C.A.T.S. academic office. Maes, a four-time tennis
All-American, 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