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Woman's tennis at home this weekend

By Katie Fonken
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 12, 1999
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Arizona Daily Wildcat

Senior Monique Allegre returns a shot against her San Diego competitor at the Robson Tennis Center. The No. 24 Wildcats will face Long Beach State today at 2 p.m. and UNLV at noon Saturday.

The UA women's tennis team hosts Long Beach State and Nevada-Las Vegas at the Robson Tennis Center this weekend, its final non-conference matches of the year.

The 49ers have started their season off with a 1-2 record and face UA today at 2 p.m. UNLV has a 3-0 record and is ranked No. 31 in the ITA Fall Rankings. The Rebels will face Arizona tomorrow at noon.

Arizona is currently ranked No. 24 and have a 2-3 overall record, 0-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference.

The Wildcats believe that with the experience they have behind them from their first five matches, they will do well this weekend.

"We should win both matches because we have been practicing hard and smart," freshman Carly Stringer said. "I definitely think it is our weekend,"

Even though the scores against UCLA and Southern Cal Jan. 29-30 do not reflect it, the UA woman said they have brought up their play quite a lot.

"As a team we have grown with confidence by playing competitive teams such as UCLA," senior Monique Allegre said. "I am personally looking for two wins this weekend, it's time."

Going against LBSU today brings the past back for Laresa Marino, who is from San Diego and knows some of the 49er players.

"I have gone against a couple of the girls a while back," she said. "I am looking forward to seeing them again."

Arizona will then get a few days off before traveling to Madison, Wis., for the National Team Indoors competition next Thursday.