Bay Area Contests on Horizon for ART U Tennis
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ART U (3-0) vs. Dominican (2-1)
February 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM
San Rafael, CA -- Castellucci Family Tennis Center

ART U (3-0) vs. Sonoma State (3-2)
February 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Rohnert Park, CA -- SSU Tennis Courts


The Academy of Art University women's tennis team has opened the year up strong with a 3-0 start to the spring season. They dispatched Fresno Pacific and Chaminade in short order by scores of 8-1 before recording their first clean sweep of the season against Western New Mexico at the Paseo Tournament, a convincing 9-0 victory to stay unbeaten on the year.

After dropping their opener to Sonoma State, the Penguins have rattled off a pair of victories against the same opponents that the Urban Knights have faced. Dominican defeated Western New Mexico 8-1 on Valentine's Day and Chaminade 7-2 that Saturday. Academy of Art will have to look out for the doubles duo of Caitlin Aloia and Irina Morozova, who have won their past two matches, and Chloe Vicari, who is undefeated in fourth singles so far.

The Intercollegiate Tennia Association (ITA) released their first regional rankings of the 2014 spring season and the Urban Knights found themselves in a very good position. After finishing the fall season ranked #6 in the final rankings released in November, ART U is up to #3 in the region behind perennial powerhouses BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific, who rank #1 and #2, respectively. The national team rankings are released on February 26, while the singles and doubles rankings come out on March 19.

Sonoma State entered the PacWest Conference this year, just for women's tennis, and started their spring off facing new conference foes in the Paseo Tournament, finishing their time in the desert with a pair of convincing wins. The Seawolves dropped two to start the tourney, playing Azusa Pacific and Point Loma, but came back to sweep both Dixie State and Chaminade with 9-0 wins. Sara Celma finds herself 5-0 in first singles, while Leire Martinez and Kaitlyn Haithcock are each 4-1 in second and third singles, respectively.

Michele Dandik Zaale started off her sophomore campaign in a big way, sweeping all three of her matches in straight sets and also getting three wins with her new doubles partner Annika Schneider. After defeating FPU's Laure-Anne Josso 6-3, 6-2 in third singles in the season opener, she moved up to second singles and swept Chaminade's Satzy Pulido 6-0, 6-0. Dandik Zaale capped off the week with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Marie Monier of Western New Mexico to start the season 3-0. On the doubles side, she and Schneider have held down the third doubles, defeating each opponent handily. They routed FPU's third doubles team 8-1 and rolled Chaminade's team 8-2 before putting an explanation point on the week with a resounding 8-0 victory over Western New Mexico. 

Academy of Art will finish the month of February against Holy Names next Friday, the 28th, at the San Francisco Tennis Club. Then they hit the road for a swing through Southern California, playing Azusa Pacific, Point Loma Nazarene University, and UC San Diego on three consecutive days from March 7-9.