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Women’s tennis sweeps home matches

Nick Smallwood
Arizona tennis athlete Shayne Austin serves the ball during UA Doubles Matches against University of San Diego. Austin and her teammate Lauren Marker sealed a crucial win with a final score of 6-4.

Arizona women’s tennis improved to 6-2 on the season after beating all three opponents the team faced this weekend.

The first opponent to fall at the hands of the Wildcats was the University of San Diego, as the UA defeated the Toreros 4-1.

The Wildcats took the lead early with a great all around doubles play, led by the ranked pairing of junior Lauren Marker and senior Shayne Austin who had little trouble defeating San Diego’s pairing of senior Dana Oppinger and sophomore Drew Spinosa.

After doubles, Arizona kept up the momentum and delivered some fantastic singles performances. Freshman Camila Wesbrooks showed heart, battling through a tough second set and getting herself yet another singles win on the season.

The Wildcats also won in straight sets on the top three courts, which all but ensured Arizona the victory. Notably, Lauren Marker easily knocked off San Diego’s Marta Stojanovic (6-1, 6-2), who was ranked No. 114 nationally.

Head coach Vicky Maes praised Marker after the match.

“She’s such a reliable force for us because of her competitive nature, she wants to win so badly,” Maes said. “She is so individually motivated that almost nothing gets in the way of her winning.”

On Saturday, the team played host to NAU and New Mexico State University. In both matches, the Wildcats swept their opponents.

Against NMSU, the doubles groups of Marker and Austin, along with sophomore Devin Chypyhaand freshman Camila Wesbrooks set the tone and gave the Aggies the sign it would not be their day.

“We battled hard,” Maes said. “Anytime you play three matches in two days, it’s a real physical battle. The girls turned this around their way this weekend, which is really good to see as we get closer to conference play.”

The team will face off against San Jose State University next Friday at home.

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