TUCSON, Ariz. –
The 36th ranked Arizona women's tennis team is coming off a dominant victory as they defeated the New Mexico State Aggies 7-0 last Saturday. This weekend, the Wildcats have two matches scheduled. On Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. MST Arizona will host Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks, and will host the 51st ranked Houston Cougars on Sunday Feb. 1 at noon MST at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
"This is an important weekend for us," head coach Vicky Maes said. "Both NAU and Houston are feisty teams and we will have to be ready to compete hard on every court. We feel good in practice and have worked on getting our doubles better this week, but we need to be able to transfer those skills in real matches too. I was happy with our performance last weekend, but it is crucial that we improve day by day as our schedule gets tougher."
The Wildcats won all their singles and doubles matches against New Mexico State. Sophomore Lauren Marker, who is currently ranked 15th in the southwest region, junior Inge Hendrikx, senior Laura Oldham and freshman Devin Chypyha all went 2-0 on the day. Juniors Briar Preston and Shayne Austin did not finish their doubles match due to Arizona clinching the doubles point before they could finish, but the duo was winning 5-3. Marker defeated 122nd ranked Ashvarya Shrivastava 6-1, 6-4 playing at the number one spot in lineup and Preston won her match 6-0, 6-2 playing at the number two spot in the lineup.
Hendrikx and Oldham have started off the season hot dating back to the fall season. Hendrikx has a record of 8-4 in singles and has won seven of her last 10 matches. Oldham has a record of 7-2 going into this weekend.
NAU comes in to Saturday with a record of 0-3, but the Lumberjacks have been battle tested as they competed against 21st ranked South Carolina. Emelia Box leads NAU as she has posted a record of 2-1 in her dual matches this spring. Last year, the Wildcats defeated NAU 7-0 on Jan. 25, 2014. Austin (6-1, 6-1), Marker (6-2, 6-0) and Oldham (6-2, 6-4) all won their respective matches.
The 51st ranked Houston Cougars are 2-2 this spring, but have played good competition as well. They lost to 55th ranked BYU and 20th ranked TCU, but defeated 70h ranked North Texas. The Cougars will bring in three ranked singles players to Robson on Sunday: Despoina Vogasari (21), Elena Kordolaimi (52) and Angela Lorenzo (106). Vogasari (14-3) is ranked first and Kordolaimi (11-4) is ranked seventh in the Texas region as well. The last time the Wildcats and Cougars faced each other was in 2008 when Arizona won 5-2.
The two matches are free of admission. LaNelle Robson Tennis Center is located just west of Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium on 2nd street and Campbell Ave.
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