TUCSON, Ariz. – #57 Arizona swept #35 Illinois 4-0 in their first match of the doubleheader on Tuesday, March 14 at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The Wildcats got their revenge after falling 3-4 to the Fighting Illini in the final round of the Blue Gray Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala. on Feb. 25.
The doubles point came down to court three after Kayla Wilkins and Parker Fry finished first on court two with a 6-0 win followed by a loss on court one. Reece Carter and Lauren Friedman fell 2-6 to Kate Duong and Megan Heuser at one doubles. Belen Nevenhoven and Midori Castillo clinched the first doubles point of the day in the third lineup spot.
In singles, senior Lexi Ryngler started the ‘Cats off strong, defeating Kasia Treiber in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Freshman Carter kept the Wildcats thriving under the sun with a 7-6(5), 6-3 win at two singles. After a lengthy rally on court four, Wilkins clinched the rematch for Arizona defeating her opponent 6-3 in straight sets.
Coming up: Arizona faces New Mexico State at 5 p.m. MT finalizing their last non-conference match of the 2022-23 season. The Wildcats continue Pac-12 play this Friday, March 17 against Washington State in Pullman, Wash., followed by a match against #21 Washington in Seattle, Wash. on Sunday, March 19 at 11 a.m.
#57 University of Arizona 4, #35 Illinois 0
1. Salma Ziouti (ARIZ) vs. Kate Duong (ILLINOIS) 6-3, 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
2. Reece Carter (ARIZ) def. Ashley Yeah (ILLINOIS) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. Midori Castillo-Meza (ARIZ) vs. Megan Heuser (ILLINOIS) 6-7 (2-6), 4-3, unfinished
4. Kayla Wilkins (ARIZ) def. Josie Frazier (ILLINOIS) 6-3, 6-3
5. Lexi Ryngler (ARIZ) def. Kasia Treiber (ILLINOIS) 6-3, 6-2
6. Tanvi Narendran (ARIZ) vs. Kida Ferrari (ILLINOIS) 6-1, 4-6, 1-2, unfinished
Order of finish: 5, 2, 4
1. Kate Duong/Megan Heuser (ILLINOIS) def. Reece Carter/Lauren Friedman (ARIZ) 6-2
2. Kayla Wilkins/Parker Fry (ARIZ) def. Josie Frazier/Violeta Martinez (ILLINOIS) 6-0
3. Belen Nevenhoven/Midori Castillo-Meza (ARIZ) def. Ashley Yeah/Emily Casati (ILLINOIS) 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
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