UA to Host Top-Ranked USC and No. 4 UCLA on Senior Weekend - Tucson News Now

UA to Host Top-Ranked USC and No. 4 UCLA on Senior Weekend

Courtesy: Arizona Athletics Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
 TUCSON, Ariz.— The 41st ranked Arizona women's tennis team looks to get back on track this weekend, as it hosts two top-five opponents in top-ranked USC, Friday April 3, at 1:30 pm PT and No. 4 and defending national-champion UCLA, Saturday April 4, at noon PT. Both matches will be held at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, in what will be the final career home matches for seniors Laura Oldham and Briar Preston.

Arizona enters the weekend with an impressive 13-3 overall record while boasting a 3-2 conference mark, putting the Cats right in the thick of the Pac-12 race.

“This weekend serves as another opportunity for us to get better, as we're obviously playing two of the best teams in the country,” said head coach Vicky Maes. “We've had a great season up to this point. These kids have done a fantastic job so far and have really exceeded expectations.”

“We now have a chance to play our way into the NCAA Tournament over these next few weeks, so it's a pretty exciting spot to be in.”

The Wildcats have been led by sophomore and 80th ranked Lauren Marker, who owns a team-best 19-5 overall record, while posting a 14-2 mark from the No. 1 spot. She's notched three victories over ranked opponents this season.

Saturday's match against UCLA will mark the final home affair of the regular season for the Wildcats. Oldham and Preston enter senior weekend as two of the top contributors for UA thus far, as Oldham owns an overall record of 15-8 while going 9-6 from the No. 3 spot. Preston has earned a No. 114 national ranking after recording a 14-6 overall record and an 11-4 mark from the No. 2 position.

Junior Inge Hendrikx is just one win shy of reaching the 20-win plateau, as she owns an overall record of 19-7, while she's gone 12-3 in dual play.

The Trojans roll into town with a 16-2 overall mark and a perfect 5-0 record in conference play. USC brings with them six players ranked within the top 75 in the country, with Giuliana Olmos leading the way at No. 11 with a 29-9 overall record.

The Bruins enter the weekend with a 14-3 overall record and a 4-1 conference record, good enough for third in the league. UCLA has five nationally ranked players, including the top-ranked player in the country in Robin Anderson.

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