MORAGA, Calif. -- After a three-match stretch of matches in the Bay Area, the No. 44-ranked Saint Mary's women's tennis team heads to Tempe, Ariz. this weekend to face No. 21 Arizona State and No. 22 Memphis.
Play kicks off Saturday at noon when the Gaels take on the host Sun Devils. It wraps up Sunday at noon with Saint Mary's facing the Tigers.
Saint Mary's (5-4) enters the weekend having won four of its last five matches. Last time out, the Gaels dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 2-ranked UCLA.
That did little to take away from the roll the team has been on lately. Wins over Portland, Gonzaga and Cal Poly preceded a landmark 4-3 victory at then No. 7-Stanford.
No. 1 singles player Jenny Jullien has led the charge, and enters play this weekend with an 8-2 record. She recently moved into the top 20 nationally, earning a No. 18 ranking in the latest list released on Tuesday.
The Gaels have also gotten good play at No. 5 singles, as sophomore Catherine Leduc has compiled a 7-5 record so far this spring. She has also won three of her last four matches.
In doubles, Catherine Isip and Elizabeth Searl notched the Gaels' only win against UCLA, and enter the weekend with a 7-2 record this spring playing mostly at No. 2. Isip and Searl recently entered the national rankings at No. 37. The No. 1 team of Jullien and Danielle Flores has also been strong, entering the weekend with a 3-1 record.
Arizona State enters the weekend with a 7-1 record, and will host Utah State on Friday before playing Saint Mary's on Saturday.
No. 88-ranked Jacqueline Cako has led the Sun Devils at the top of the lineup this season, and the senior recently suffered her first loss of the season against Santa Clara's Katie Le. Cako rebounded against Pepperdine, defeating Waves No. 1 Lorraine Guillermo in straight sets.
Memphis improved to 6-2 on Sunday by beating No. 16 Virginia 5-2. They faced Vanderbilt on Wednesday before heading to Arizona to face the Gaels.
Leading the Tigers atop the lineup has been senior Courtney Collins. The native of Fulton, Miss. helped the Tigers beat Virginia by scoring a 6-4, 6-4 victory over then No. 11-ranked Julia Elbaba. Collins is ranked No. 23 entering the weekend.
Saint Mary's returns home on March 8 to face Sacramento State at 2 p.m. The Gaels then jump back into WCC play on March 10 with an 11 a.m. match at San Francisco.