UA sweeps through tourney

By Kevin Clerici
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 29, 1996

Charles C. Labenz
Arizona Daily Wildcat

Trying to put away UCSB''s Kelly Spencer, Arizona's No.2 singles player, junior Stephanie Sammaritano, reaches for a baseline shot. Arizona swept Iowa, Southern Methodist, and Cal-Santa Barbara in the 50th-annual Arizona Invitational at the Robson Tennis Center.


With powerful No. 44 USC and No. 6 UCLA coming to Tucson this weekend, the Arizona women's tennis team warmed up at the 50th-annual Arizona Invitational held Friday through yesterday at the Robson Tennis Center.

Knocking off Cal-Santa Barbara 8-1 yesterday finished UA's sweep of the four-team, round-robin tournament which included wins over Iowa and Southern Methodist.

The invitational matched each team's top six singles players and three doubles teams, with the victory going to the first team to win five of the nine matches.

The 10th-ranked Wildcats lost only one singles match the entire invitational, which was highlighted by the play of fourth-seeded singles player Khristen Pietrucha. Pietrucha, a junior, gave away just six games, three which came during her 6-3, 6-0 route of UCSB's Caroline Novak.

Arizona's top-ranked player, sophomore All-American Vicky Maes, defeated her three singles opponents to up her record to 20-4 on the year.

The UA men's tennis team had a tougher weekend at the Adidas Invitational in Palm Springs, Calif.

Arizona's No. 1 seed Jan Anderson lasted the longest, qualifying for the fourth round before falling to Fredrick Giers of Florida State in three sets last Thursday.

Senior Chris Jenkins, UA's No. 3 singles player, moved tinto to the third round where he had to play Anderson, who defeated him 6-4, 6-3. Arizona newcomers Tom Haugland and Henrik Wagner both lost in the second round.

With the closing of the Adidas Invitational, the men now prepare for their dual match against Utah this Friday at the La Paloma Country Club at 1:30 p.m.

Anderson will be participating for Norway's Davis Cup team and will miss this Friday's match and Monday's versus Oregon.