Tennis teams tread tough turf

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The UA men's tennis team will get its first real test of the year when they take on seventh-ranked Southern Cal today at 1:30 p.m. and No. 4 UCLA (3-0) Saturday at noon at Robson Tennis Center.

The Region VIII Rolex Collegiate Tennis Rank-ings have Arizona ranked seventh in the division while the Trojans are fourth and the Bruins are third.

Leading the way for the UA will be Jan Anderson, who is ranked seventh in the country. Anderson will most likely be facing No. 8 Brett Hanzen of USC, in what should be the match of the day.

"These two matches are huge and we are ready for them," assistant coach Tom Hagedorn said.

California may be a hot vacation spot for many, but the Arizona women's tennis team won't have much time to enjoy the sand and surf this weekend as it gets set to enter Pacific 10 Conference play against two of the top teams in the nation.

The Wildcats know that it is no longer "early in the season," and that the real challenge begins this weekend when they play Southern Cal Friday and top-ranked UCLA Saturday.

The Wildcats enter the match with a 5-0 record, including recent wins over 19th-ranked UC-Santa Barbara and No. 36 Rice. Arizona finished 2-8 in the Pac-10 South earning them a disappointing sixth-place finish last season but looked very strong at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships earlier this year.

The Wildcats are led by a strong set of newcomers, including German imports Vicky Maes and Eva Maria Schurhoff. The duo defeated UCLA's top doubles team of Keri Phebus and Susie Starett at the Pac-10 Indoors, a win that has given the Wildcats confidence.

"I think that the team has really come together," said UA sophomore Melody Falco.

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