No. 38 Arizona Set to Host Two Top-Ranked Foes

Briar Preston

TUCSON, Ariz. The 38th ranked Arizona women’s tennis team is currently riding a 9-game winning streak after they defeated Idaho and Washington State last week. This week, the Wildcats will face their toughest challenges as they take on No. 3 California on Friday, Mar. 27 at 1:30 p.m. MT and No. 13 Stanford on Saturday, Mar. 28 at noon PT. Both matches will take place at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

“We are hosting two of the best teams in the country this weekend,” head coach Vicky Maes said. “I believe it is an excellent opportunity for our girls to come out and be tested. What I love about our conference is that it is the strongest in the nation and these are the matches that we live for.”

Arizona will come into these matches with a record of 13-1 (3-0 Pac-12) and are in a tie for first in the Pac-12. The Wildcats have been led all year by 80th ranked Lauren Marker, who boasts a perfect record of 14-0 this spring while competing at the top spot in the lineup. Not far behind her is freshman Devin Chypyha who also has an unblemished record of 13-0 this spring. No. 114 Briar Preston has a record of 11-2 at the second spot in the lineup and has won seven of her last nine matches. Junior Inge Hendrikx has won her last eight matches for Arizona and has a record of 11-2 as well. Both Laura Oldham and Shayne Austin have records of 9-4 this spring and have both won seven of their last 10 singles matches.

In doubles, Marker and Hendrikx have the most wins of any other duo as they have a record of 9-3 at the second spot. Austin/Preston, who compete at the top spot in the lineup come next as they own a record of 8-3 this spring. Finally, Oldham/Chypyha have a 7-3 record at the third spot.

Third-ranked California comes into this weekend with a record of 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-12. They are coming off a pair of victories against San Diego State and Pepperdine. The Golden Bears have six players that are ranked in the top-61 in the country. Maegan Manasse (9-3) is ranked second in the country, Klara Fabikova (10-3) is ranked 22nd, Zsofi Susanya (9-3) checks in at 33rd, Lynn Chi (8-4) is ranked 40th, Denise Starr (8-3) checks in at 43rd and Karla Popovic (10-3) comes in at 61st in the country. Cal also has two doubles teams that are ranked in the top-11. Manasse/Starr (10-2) are 5th in the country and Susanyi/Favikova (10-3) are 11th.

No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (9-4 overall/2-2 Pac-12) have four singles players ranked and have three in the top-27. Carol Zhao (11-1) is ranked fourth in the nation, Taylor Davidson (10-1) checks in at 16th, Caroline Doyle (10-2) is ranked 27th and Ellen Tsay (9-2) checks in at No. 91. Davidson has won her last three matches and Tsay has won her last four. The Cardinal also have two doubles teams ranked in the top-14 as Zhao/Davidson (10-1) are second in the nation and Doyle/Tsay (7-3) are ranked 14th. Stanford is coming off a pair of losses after they lost to fourth-ranked UCLA 5-2 on Saturday and top-ranked USC 6-1 on Sunday.

The match is free of admission. LaNelle Robson Tennis Center is located just west of Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium on 2nd street and Campbell Ave.

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