No. 8 Women's Tennis Notches 6-1 Win Over San Diego
March 5, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington's eighth-ranked women's tennis team showed why singles play is its specialty, sweeping all six singles matches to shut down the No. 67 San Diego Toreros, 6-1, at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center. Dea Sumantri and Claire Carter both earned wins over ranked opponents at the top two singles spots and sophomore Stephanie Svanfeldt picked up the first dual win of her career at No. 6 singles to lead the Huskies (9-2) to the win.
The win for 25th-ranked Carter over 42nd-ranked Emma Murphy at No. 2 singles had a degree of payback to it as Murphy upset Carter when the two teams met in 2003. But Carter, a senior All-American, sharpened her game as the match progressed to register her fourth win over a top-50 opponent this year, 7-6, 6-3. Junior All-American Sumantri remained perfect in the dual season as she rolled over 90th-ranked Lauren Perl, 6-2, 6-1, at the top singles spot to move to 10-0 with her wins split evenly between first and second singles.
Svanfeldt's straight-set win at six singles was Washington's first win at that position since a shin stress fracture sidelined junior Mugette Ahn, who had gone 5-1 at No. 6. The position was becoming a liability after four straight losses, but Svanfeldt's solid win should relieve some pressure on the rest of the lineup. Svanfeldt's win put the Huskies in front 3-1 and sophomore Dinka Hadzic clinched the win at fourth singles versus Lena Baensch, winning her first set in a tiebreak and then capitalizing on her deflated opponent with a dominant 6-0 second set.
UW freshman Saskia Nauenberg lost the first set 6-4 to Jenny Brown at fifth singles and trailed most of the second set before catching fire to come back and take the set 6-4. With the match already clinched the two played a super-tiebreak to decide the match in which Nauenberg strung together a series of strong points for a 10-3 win. Nauenberg improved to 9-2 in dual play. Also improving to 9-2 was senior Erin Hoe who followed Sumantri off the court in brisk fashion after her 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles put Washington in the lead 2-1.
Doubles play continued to be a struggle for UW since Ahn's injury shook up the doubles lineup. Washington's top twosome of Sumantri and Carter remains intact however and picked up an 8-3 win at No. 1 singles. San Diego took No. 2 doubles over UW's Hadzic and Nauenberg by an 8-3 margin. The difference was at third doubles where Hoe and freshman Monika Kolbovic went to a tiebreaker with the Torero's Livesay and Murphy. Down two match points, the Huskies fought back to even the breaker at 6-6, but San Diego took the next two points on a UW double fault and unforced error to hand the Huskies their fourth straight doubles point loss.
The women have two matches left in their three-day homestand. The toughest test will come tomorrow, March 6, against 34th-ranked San Diego State at 3 pm. Washington then matches up against the rival Washington State Cougars on Sunday, March 7 at noon. Both matches will be at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Washington Women's Tennis vs. San Diego
March 5, 2004 - Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
No. 8 Washington, No. 67 San Diego
1. (19) Carter/Sumantri (UW) def. Brown/Baensch (SD) 8-3
2. Perl/Kazarian (SD) def. Hadzic/Nauenberg (UW) 8-3
3. Livesay/Murphy (SD) def. Hoe/Kolbovic (UW) 9-8 (6)
1. (23) Dea Sumantri (UW) def. (90) Lauren Perl (SD) 6-2, 6-1
2. (25) Claire Carter (UW) def. (42) Emma Murphy (SD) 7-6, 6-3
3. Erin Hoe (UW) def. Tara Livesay (SD) 6-3, 6-0
4. Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Lena Baensch (SD) 7-6 (4), 6-0
5. Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Jenny Brown (SD) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (3)
6. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW) def. Catherine Heppell (SD) 6-3, 6-2