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Tennis teams look to end recent skids


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Senior Dianne Hollands returns a serve during the 4-3 win against LMU earlier this month.
By Matthew Bassin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, February 25, 2005
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The Arizona men's tennis team has a tough challenge ahead of them this weekend.

The No. 26 ASU Sun Devils (3-1) and Wildcats meet today in Tempe at 1:30 p.m., with Arizona expecting ASU to have revenge on its mind.

"We're expecting ASU to be fired up," said Arizona head coach Bill Wright. "But so are we."

The Wildcats beat the Sun Devils twice last season.

Arizona (5-3) is coming off a rain cancellation in California last weekend, as well as losses to No. 30 California and No. 18 Stanford the weekend of Feb. 12-13.

"The guys are ready," said Arizona assistant coach Tad Berkowitz. "They didn't get to play last week and were cramped in a hotel the whole time. We're ready to play."

Berkowitz said he knows it's going to be hostile there, but said his team is up to the task.

"We just have to go up there with the hunger and fight of an underdog," said Berkowitz. "They're going to be ready for us, and we've got to match that intensity."

Senior Paul Warkentin said he is ready to help lead his team to victory.

"This is our weekend," Warkentin said. "This is ASU. This is going to be a battle."

Wright said his team knows the implications of this match, and knows how important it is to win on their floor.

"It's a big game this week," Wright said. "Both teams are ranked and both are hungry. We're very excited to play. It should be a great match."

Women host No. 25 Oregon

The Arizona women's team is glad to be home this weekend.

After a tough pair of losses two weeks ago at No. 42 South Alabama and No. 15 Tulane, and being rained out last weekend in Southern California, the Wildcats are ready to hold court at home.

The Wildcats play today at 1:30 p.m. at the Robson Tennis Center.

Arizona (5-2, 0-0) is ready to dish out some revenge after being beaten by Oregon (8-1, 1-1) each of the last two years.

"The challenge is for us to play a composed match against them," said Arizona head coach Vicky Maes. "They are very loud and rowdy and in your face. So we just have to stay calm and play our game."

Maes said winning the doubles point is very important if the team wants to end its two-year skid.

"This year we're the better team," Maes said. "We don't always play that way, and we've got to start doing that. We can't count on any one person all the time. We all have to go out there and do our jobs."

Maes said as long as her team plays well, plays consistent and takes care of the basics, the Wildcats should come out victorious.



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