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Arizona women’s tennis impresses at ITA Regionals


Courtesy of Arizona Athletics

Arizona women’s tennis player Lauren Marker hits the ball at the ITA Regional Tournament in San Diego, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Arizona women’s tennis has started this the season having shown impressive early season performances in tournament play thus far.

Over the weekend, four Wildcats were sent to the ITA Southwest Regional Tournament. Arizona women’s tennis head coach Vicky Maes used a blend of experience and young talent to counteract what the best teams in the Southwest would throw at her Wildcat squad.

The doubles pairing of No. 43 Lauren Marker and Shayne Austin dominated the weekend. The duo made it all the way to the quarterfinals before losing to a pair from University of California, Santa Barbara: Lou Adler and Amanda Atansson.

Marker fell in the round of 16 in the singles bracket to a fellow Pac-12 Conference opponent from USC, freshman Jessica Failla.

Freshman Kinga Gartner impressed many as she relied off two solid wins before losing in the round of 32.

All four Wildcats combined for a 10-6 overall record throughout tournament play. In addition, the team had no first round losses whatsoever.

Maes was impressed with the team’s stellar performance.

“Overall, it was a good weekend for our team,” Maes said in a press release. “We did a nice job implementing what we have been focusing on in practice. Obviously we still have a ways to go, but I feel strongly we are taking steps in the right direction. I’m looking forward to two good weeks of practice before hitting the road again.”

The Wildcats will work on their game before going to the Jack Kramer Invitational on Nov. 5.

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