By Kim Cota-Robles

Arizona Daily Wildcat

It was a long weekend for the men and the women of the Arizona tennis teams.

On the second day of the 1994 Pacific 10 Conference Championships in Ojai, Calif., the women's team was knocked out of the tournament.

The combination of Michelle Oldham and Alix Creek captured Arizona's first doubles national championship last season. But this season was a different story.

Oldham and Celine Verdier defeated USC's Maggie Simkova and Ayisha Zaman in the first round of doubles. But the 14th-ranked Verdier and Oldham couldn't hold off Arizona State's ninth-ranked Kori Davidson and Meredith Geiger, losing 6-2, 6-2, which eliminated hopes of a repeat of last year.

Ashley Miller and Melody Falco lost in their first-round match to Stanford's Beth Berris and Kristine Kurth 6-1, 6-3. And the 31st-ranked duo of Angela Bernal and Stephanie Sammaritano lost to USC's Susie Italiano and Petra Schmitt 6-0, 6-0.

Falco and Verdier both won their first-round singles matches but then lost in the second round.

The Arizona men suffered from the same trouble.

No Arizona team could make it past the first round of doubles. The combos of James Rey and Brandon Hearn and Jason Appel and Sten Sumberg did not advance to the second round because of defaults.

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