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Arizona women’s tennis drops heartbreaker to Washington 4-3

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.

Less than 24 hours after grabbing its first Pac-12 Conference victory, the Arizona women’s tennis team was back in action to face the University of Washington Huskies. The Wildcats fell to the Huskies 4-3 in a close affair.

The match started off Washington’s way, as the Huskies pounced on the Wildcats in doubles, earning the first point of the match.

Doubles pairing of senior Shayne Austin and junior Lauren Marker defeated the No. 28-ranked doubles pairing in the country. The other Wildcats, however, were unable to get the job done.

Once the match switched to singles play, the match shifted in Arizona’s favor.

Marker jumped out to and early lead, but was unable to hold on, falling in a heart breaking three-set affair (6-2, 4-6, 4-6).

Ultimately, the match came down to freshman Sophia Thomas, who needed to win for the Wildcats to walk away with a victory. The freshman, who has found playing time hard to come by, was unable to win the third set, giving Washington the win (7-5, 2-6, 3-6).

Arizona head coach Vicky Maes commented after the match on the freshman’s performance this weekend and the overall feel after such a hard loss.

“We lost this match in many different ways. At some points we were extremely sloppy and really made bad decisions, which shouldn’t have happened,” Maes said. “The match came down to two or three points, but the girls left it all out there and that’s the best way to look at it.”

One thing is for certain: The team left it all out there today, something it had been failing to do in previous conference matches.

The team will now look to a set of tough road matches next weekend against No. 27 USC and No. 20 UCLA.

These two matches will be the final hurdle in what has been an up-and-down season for the Wildcats. The Wildcats will finish their season at home against ASU.

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