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Women’s tennis takes to Pac-12 Tournament as Smyth looks to qualify for nationals

Gordon Bates
Gordon Bates / Arizona Daily Wildcat Arizona Womens Tennis vs ASU April 20 2012

Sophomore Lacey Smyth has consistently played the No. 1 position in singles and doubles play this season for the No. 27 Arizona women’s tennis team. Smyth is going into the Pac-12 Championships with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

The women’s tennis team travels to Ojai, Calif., to participate in the Pac-12 Championships starting today and running through Sunday.

The first two rounds of matches will be held at Valley Athletic Club, and the last two rounds of matches will move to Libbey Park.

Smyth, from Oceanside, Calif., became a Wildcat for multiple reasons, but most importantly because it “fulfills her desire to play for a top Division I university within the prestigious Pac-12 Conference.”

Smyth ended the regular season 12-10 in singles play and 15-5 in doubles with senior Natasha Marks.

The duo is ranked No. 34 in the country. Meanwhile in singles play, Smyth broke into the top 50 with a No. 47 ranking.

“Her win last weekend pushed her up in the rankings,” head coach Vicky Maes said. “We are hoping that she will go in like she always does and gives her all this weekend to pull off a couple more wins. Potentially those wins could push her up into the top 30 in singles play.”

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