No. 8 Huskies Come Back To Stun No. 23 Ducks, 4-3, In Pac-10 Opener

March 12, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. -Claire Carter and Saskia Nauenberg were each one game away from straight-set defeats, but both staged dramatic rallies to earn three-set singles wins and propel the No. 8 Husky women's tennis team to a 4-3 victory over the 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Oregon. Five of six singles matches went to third sets and the Huskies claimed three of them, winning the second through fifth singles matches to give Head Coach Patty McCain her 100th career win at the Huskies' helm. The match was the Pac-10 opener for Washington (12-2, 1-0) as they defeated the Ducks (9-6, 2-5) for the second time this season and improved to 52-2 all-time against Oregon.

The pivotal matches were senior Claire Carter at No. 2 singles and freshman Saskia Nauenberg at No. 5 singles, as both women lost the first set and trailed 5-4 in the second set before they each rallied to win three-straight games and send their matches into set number three. 22nd-ranked Carter (Nottingham, England), hammered Oregon's Courtney Nagle in the third set, 6-2, and Nauenberg (Santa Cruz, Calif.) turned her momentum into a dominant 6-1 third set win over U of O's Jamie Marshall.

Senior Erin Hoe (Mililani, Hawaii) also found herself in a third set against 53rd-ranked Dominika Dieskova, but the 78th-ranked Husky outlasted her opponent 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. On paper the win was an upset, but Hoe also defeated Dieskova in the team's previous match in Seattle. Hoe has now won eight-straight matches. Almost lost in the fray but just as crucial to the Huskies' cause was sophomore Dinka Hadzic's easy 6-3, 6-1 win over Davina Mendiburu, the only match to not go to three sets. Hadzic (Split, Croatia), Hoe, and Nauenberg all garnered their team-leading 19th wins on the year.

20th-ranked junior Dea Sumantri (Jakarta, Indonesia) suffered her first loss in dual play to No. 8 Daria Panova in a see-saw match at No. 1 singles. After the Huskies had already clinched the win, Panova prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 over the Husky All-American, snapping Sumantri's 12-match winning streak. Panova was also the last person to hand Sumantri a defeat before her streak, winning in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships in January. At the six singles spot, sophomore Stephanie Svanfeldt (Belvedere, Calif.) appeared poised to score a big win after she shut out Anna Leksinska 6-0 in the first set. But Leksinska battled back to take the next two sets 7-5, 6-3, giving Oregon its second point.

Oregon claimed the doubles point for the second time this year against Washington, as the Huskies continue their doubles troubles. UW falls to 5-9 in the doubles point this season but has managed to win seven of the nine matches in which they lost the point. The sixth-ranked tandem of Carter and Sumantri defeated Nagle and Panova, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles but Oregon earned the point with wins at the second and third positions. Oregon's Dieskova and Leksinska won their match over Hadzic and Hoe at No. 2 doubles in a tiebreak to give the Ducks the early 1-0 lead.

The Huskies play the final two non-conference matches of the season next week on the road. Sunday, March 21, the women take on #40 Virginia Commonwealth at 1 pm and Monday, March 22, UW faces #41 South Alabama at 1 pm. Both matches are in Mobile, Alabama.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Oregon
March 12, 2004 - 15th Street Courts - Eugene, Ore.
No. 8 Washington 4, No. 23 Oregon 3

Doubles

1. (6) Carter/Sumantri (UW) def. Nagle/Panova (UO) 8-4
2. Dieskova/Leksinska (UO) def. Hadzic/Hoe (UW) 9-8
3. Mendiburu/Bak (UO) def. Nauenberg/Kolbovic (UW) 8-2

Singles
1. (8) Daria Panova (UO) def. (20) Dea Sumantri (UW) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
2. (22) Claire Carter (UW) def. Courtney Nagle (UO) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. (78) Erin Hoe (UW) def. (53) Dominika Dieskova (UO) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
4. Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Davina Mendiburu (UO) 6-3, 6-1
5. Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Jamie Marshall (UO) 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
6. Anna Leksinska (UO) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW) 0-6, 7-5, 6-3

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