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The 45th-ranked Wildcats take on 50th-ranked Washington and 67th-ranked Oregon this weekend

No. 45 Arizona Heads up North to Take on Washington & Oregon

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TUCSON, AZ -  After competing against two top-five teams last weekend, the 45th-ranked Arizona women's tennis team (13-5/3-4 Pac-12) will head up to the Pacific Northwest to take on No. 50 Washington on Friday, Apr. 10 at 11 a.m. PT and No. 67 Oregon on Sunday, Apr. 12 at 9:30 a.m. PT.

“This is a really big weekend for us,” head coach Vicky Maes said. “We understand that if we want to make the tournament we need to get these wins. Our girls have been playing solid tennis and are excited to meet this challenge.”

Arizona is coming off a pair of losses against two of the top teams in the country. On Friday, top-ranked USC came to town and defeated the Wildcats 5-2. No. 54 Lauren Marker and No. 83 Briar Preston did earn victories against ranked opponents though. Marker defeated then 11th-ranked Giuliana Olmos and Preston defeated then 49th-ranked Zoe Scandalis. On Saturday, Arizona took on No. 4 UCLA and lost 7-0. Newly ranked doubles team Preston/Shayne Austin, who check in at No. 23 this week defeated then 23rd-ranked Jennifer Brady/Robin Anderson on Saturday.

The 23rd-ranked Preston/Austin doubles team has been on a roll as of late. They have won eight of their last 10 matches overall and have defeated three top-23 teams in their last four matches. Their only loss came against 15th-ranked Olmos/Scandalis of USC last Friday. In that time, they have defeated No. 2, No. 5 and No. 23.

Marker has had a spectacular year so far as owns a record of 15-3. She has defeated four nationally ranked opponents this year and has won seven of her last 10 matches. The sophomore has been tested all year at the number one spot as she has competed against four top-11 opponents and is 1-3 in those matches.

No. 50 Washington comes in with a record of 10-9 overall and 2-5 in the Pac-12. The Huskies have lost five straight matches, but have competed against the top teams in the Pac-12. Washington is led by Julija Lukac, who owns a record of 14-5 on the year while playing at the second and third spots in the lineup. Elianne Douglas-Miron and Grace Ysidora have shared the duties at the top spot this year. Douglas-Miron owns a record of 6-9 while Ysidora is 8-11. Lukac and Ysidora also team up as a doubles tandem and have enjoyed a lot of success as they are 10-4 this year. There will be a live stream of Friday's match at http://www.gohuskies.com/fls/30200/wtenlive/stream.html?DB_OEM_ID=30200, where you will be able to see live stats as well.

No. 67 Oregon is currently 8-9 overall and 2-5 in the Pac-12. Before Sunday's match, the Ducks will compete against No. 24 Arizona State on Friday. Oregon has dropped their last four matches, but have played against highly ranked opponents. The Ducks are led by 90th-ranked Nia Rose, who is coming off a victory against then 22nd-ranked Klara Fabikova of California. She owns a record of 7-10 overall and is 2-3 against nationally ranked opponents. Sunday's match will be available on a live stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/university-oregon.

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