Seventh-Ranked Huskies Rely On Depth To Defeat No. 45 Brigham Young

Jan. 31, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. - The seventh-ranked Washington women's tennis team (3-0) passed their first real challenge of the season with poise this afternoon, defeating 45th-ranked Brigham Young 5-2 at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center. The five wins for the Huskies came via the second through six singles spots, where their depth proved to be the difference.

A series of straight set singles wins from 49th-ranked junior Dea Sumantri at No. 2, senior Erin Hoe (Mililani, Hawaii) at three, 90th-ranked freshman Saskia Nauenberg (Santa Cruz, Calif.) at No. 5 and junior Mugette Ahn (Los Angeles, Calif.) at the six spot were enough to clinch the win for the Husky women while the most compelling drama came after Sumantri (Jakarta, Indonesia) clinched the match with her 6-2, 6-1 win over BYU's Sofia Holden.

Sophomore Dinka Hadzic staged an impressive three-set comeback at No. 4 singles, playing for pride although the dual's outcome had already been decided. Things looked grim after Hadzic (Split, Croatia) gave away the first set 6-0 with numerous unforced errors. But once she started to keep the ball within the lines she was able storm back into the match. Hadzic took the third set 6-3 and capitalized on her third match point in the third set tiebreak by moving BYU's Lauren Jones from side to side, opening up the court for a forehand winner up the line followed by a smile and a fist pump.

Washington dropped the doubles point for the first time this season, despite another solid win from the 29th-ranked team of senior Claire Carter and junior Dea Sumantri at No. 1 doubles, 8-5. BYU captured the second and third doubles matches to claim the doubles point, handing the Washington women their first losses in any dual doubles match this year.

After her doubles victory, Carter (Nottingham, England), ranked 35th in singles, matched up against No. 43 Barbora Zahnova at the top singles spot. Carter was suffering from flu symptoms but took a crisply played first set 7-5 before her energy began to drain and Zahnova took advantage of Carter's weariness to take the second set. Since Washington had already clinched the match, the third set was played as a super tiebreak, where Zahnova picked up the upset 10-6.

The Huskies now lead the all-time series with Brigham Young, 3-2.

Up next the women will head to Madison, Wisc., for the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Thursday, Feb. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 8.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Brigham Young
January 31, 2004 - Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 7 Washington 5, No. 45 Brigham Young 2

Doubles

1. (29) Carter & Sumantri (UW) def. Zahnova & Macfarlane (BYU) 8-5
2. Pike & Oswald (BYU) def. Hoe & Ahn (UW) 8-4
3. Holden & Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Hadzic & Nauenberg (UW) 8-5

Singles
1. (43) Barbora Zahnova (BYU) def. (35) Claire Carter (UW) 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (6)
2. (49) Dea Sumantri (UW) def. Sofia Holden (BYU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Erin Hoe (UW) def. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Lauren Jones (BYU) 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
5. (90) Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Lu Oswald (BYU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Mugette Ahn (UW) def. Rebecca Pike (BYU) 6-2, 6-4

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