By Matthew Bassin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, March 21, 2005
The No. 52 Arizona women's tennis team finally stopped their six-match losing streak March 13.
"It felt good," said Arizona head coach Vicky Maes. "It was good for us to finish the first half of the season with a win."
Arizona (6-6, 0-1 Pacific 10 Conference) started their 7-0 sweep of Minnesota (5-8) with a dominating performance in doubles matches.
The Wildcats' No. 22 team of seniors Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar swept Minnesota's Ida Malmberg and Lindsay Risebrough, 8-0.
On court three, senior Kelly Perry and sophomore Jessie Rochefort defeated Minnesota's Marina Bugaenco and Danielle Mousseau, 8-2.
In singles play, No. 38 Hollands, playing on court one, dominated Minnesota's No. 80 Nischela Reddy, 6-4, 6-3.
On court two, Mlakar destroyed Malmberg, 6-1, 6-1, while Arizona's hottest player, junior Stephanie Balzert, defeated Minnesota's Jane Anderson 6-4, 6-0 on court three.
Perry, playing her usual position on court four, defeated Risebrough, 6-0, 6-3.
Sophomore Kasia Jakowlew dropped her first set 3-6 against Mousseau, but came back against Mousseau, 6-0, 6-3 to win.
"I didn't get mad," Jakowlew said. "After losing the first set, I stayed positive and it worked."
On court six, freshman Camelia Todorova won against Bugaenco 6-1, 6-2 to complete the sweep for the Wildcats.
"I saw more fight out of the girls," Maes said. "Especially the younger girls."
"It was pretty easy," Rochefort said. "We all looked dominant, it was fun."
The Wildcats broke their slump just in time - they host No. 8 UCLA Friday and No. 12 Southern California Saturday at Robson Tennis Center.
Men get swept by LA schools
The No. 49 Arizona men's tennis team lost a couple of tough matches Friday and Saturday, facing No. 9 Southern California and No. 8 UCLA.
The Trojans downed the Wildcats (7-5) 2-5 Friday.
In doubles play, the No. 53 team of senior Colin O'Grady and junior Roger Matalonga defeated USC's No. 25 Jamil Al-Agba and Johan Berg, 8-6.
Arizona's duo of junior Daniel Andrus and freshman Bruno Alcala were defeated by the Trojans' Drew Hoskins and Adam Loucks, 4-8, and junior Tim Mullane and freshman Claudio Christen fell to USC's Kaes Van't Hof and Jarryd Cooper, 5-8, clinching the doubles point for the Trojans.
No. 48 Matalonga defeated Berg 6-1, 6-1, in singles plays and senior Paul Warkentin defeated USC's Brian Wright, 7-6, 6-0.
For the Wildcats (7-6, 0-2), the victories stopped there and the losses kept coming.
O'Grady lost to No. 24 Al-Agba 2-6, 4-6, while Andrus, still recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, lost to No. 54 Hoskins, 4-6, 2-6.
Alcala lost to Van't Hof, 6-7 (4-7), 2-6, and freshman Jason Labrosse lost to Loucks, 4-6, 4-6.
Facing UCLA (14-2), the Wildcats were once again defeated 5-2.
In doubles play, O'Grady and Matalonga defeated UCLA's No. 34 team of Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta, 8-6, and Christen and Mullane defeated UCLA's Chris Lam and Mathieu Dehaine, 9-8 (7-2), to win the doubles point for the Wildcats.
Unfortunately for Arizona, they got only one win in singles play.
Alcala, playing on court five, defeated No. 66 Phil Gruendler, 6-3, 6-4.
O'Grady was defeated by No. 14 Ben Kohlloefel, 6-1, 6-4, and No. 48 Matalonga lost to No. 49 Kwinta by the same score.
Andrus fought hard against Lam, but ultimately lost, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6.
Warkentin faced No. 95 Francis and was defeated 6-3, 6-4.
"We're so close," said assistant coach Tad Berkowitz. "We're competing with these guys, we're in position to win. We just need a little more."
Arizona has a chance to fix their problems this weekend, when they meet UCLA and USC again, this time in Los Angeles.