NCAA Womens Tennis

Wildcats Defeat Quakers 5-2 – University of Arizona Athletics

Wildcats Defeat Quakers 5-2 - University of Arizona Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. – #60 Arizona defeats Penn 5-2 after a 3.5 hour battle at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center on Thursday, March 9. Despite losing the doubles point, the ‘Cats climbed back in singles.

The doubles point came down to a battle on court two between Reece Carter and Lauren Friedman vs. Iris Gallo and Maya Urata. First, Parker Fry and Kayla Wilkins defeated Gavriella Smith and Juliana Munhoz 6-2 on court three, then Salma Ziouti and Belen Nevenhoven fell 2-6 against Sabine Rutlauka and Eileen Wang at one doubles. The Wildcats ultimately fell 5-7 against the Quakers. It was Friedman’s first appearance in a dual match this spring. 

Dropping the doubles point meant the ‘Cats had to fight back in singles play. Carter put Arizona on the board after defeating Smith in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 at two singles. Ziouti fell 3-6, 4-6 at one singles against Rutlauka to put the Quakers back in the lead 2-1. At five singles, Fry tied the overall score 2-2 with her 7-5, 6-1 win over Urata. Castillo put the Wildcats back in the lead once again when she defeated Wang 7-6(5), 6-3 in the third lineup spot. 

Wilkins clinched the match for Arizona in a tight match against Munhoz at four singles. They split sets, with the Wildcat taking the first 6-4 then falling 2-6 before defeating the Quaker in a tiebreaker 7-6(2). Tanvi Narendran closed out the match for the Wildcats at 5-2 after defeating Gallo 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 at six singles. The victory marked Narendran’s eighth win so far this spring.

The Wildcats are now 11-6 overall heading into their doubleheader at home on Tuesday, March 14 against #28 Illinois at 10 a.m. MT and New Mexico State at 5 p.m. MT to complete their last non-conference match of the regular season. Arizona continues Pac-12 play on Friday, March 17 vs. #71 Washington State in Pullman, Wash.


#60 University of Arizona 5, Pennsylvania 2

Singles competition

1. Sabine Rutlauka (PENN) def. Salma Ziouti (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-4

2. Reece Carter (ARIZ) def. Gavriella Smith (PENN) 6-3, 6-4

3. Midori Castillo-Meza (ARIZ) def. Eileen Wang (PENN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

4. Kayla Wilkins (ARIZ) def. Juliana Munhoz (PENN) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)

5. Parker Fry (ARIZ) def….

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