Huskies Fall to No. 1 Stanford at National Team Indoors
Feb. 4, 2005
MADISON, Wisc. - The No. 11 Husky women's tennis team came up short today against top-ranked Stanford in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin. Washington (5-1) could not match the superior depth of the Cardinal (3-0), who notched the 6-1 victory to advance to the semifinals of the championship.
Junior Dinka Hadzic notched the only point for the Huskies on the day, exacting a measure of revenge along with it. Hadzic was facing 22nd-ranked Erin Burdette, who captured the singles and doubles titles at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships held last month at the UW. Burdette had defeated Hadzic in the semifinals and went on to knock off senior Dea Sumantri in the finals. But it was a different story today, as Hadzic hammered the Cardinal star, 6-2, 6-4.
At No. 1 singles, 13th-ranked Sumantri did her best against Stanford's Amber Liu, the two-time defending NCAA singles champion, but after forcing a first set tiebreak, Sumantri succumbed, 7-6 (5), 6-1 for her first dual loss. Every member of Stanford's starting singles line-up is ranked in the top-100 besides Liu who has not played enough matches yet to qualify. They proved worth their rankings on this day. Senior Mugette Ahn lost to 12th-ranked Alice Barnes, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Stanford's 35th-ranked Theresa Logar defeated UW's Saskia Nauenberg 6-3, 6-0 in the fourth spot and freshmen Tara Simpson and Allison Rainey suffered their first career dual defeats to the 41st and 82nd ranked players, respectively.
The USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships are the premier indoor team tournament of the year. Hosted every year since 1988 by the University of Wisconsin at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, this year's 16-team field features seven of the current top-ten teams in the ITA Rankings and 13 of the top 16. Stanford is the defending champion and has won a record seven USTA/ITA titles.
This is Washington's fourth overall appearance, following entries in 2001, 2002, and 2004. Last year the Huskies defeated Tennessee and Vanderbilt to reach the semifinals, where they were ousted by Stanford. In 2001 and '02, the Huskies failed to advance past the first round.
The Huskies now face 12th-ranked Miami tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT in consolation play. Miami's Megan Bradley is the second-ranked player in the nation.
Washington Women's Tennis vs. Stanford
2-4-05 - Nielsen Tennis Stadium - Madison, Wisc.
No. 1 Stanford 6, No. 11 Washington 1
1) (7) Barnes/Burdette (Stan) def. (56) Sumantri/Hadzic (UW), 8-4
2) Liu/Yelsey (Stan) def. Ahn/Simpson (UW), 8-5
3) (41) Deason/Hodzic (Stan) def. Nauenberg/Rainey (UW), 8-4
1) Amber Liu (Stan) def. (13)Dea Sumantri (UW), 7-6 (5), 6-1
2)Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. (22) Erin Burdette (Stan), 6-2, 6-4
3) (12) Alice Barnes (Stan) def.Mugette Ahn (UW), 6-3, 6-0
4) (35) Theresa Logar (Stan) def.Saskia Nauenberg (UW), 6-3, 6-0
5) (41) Whitney Deason (Stan) def.Tara Simpson (UW), 6-3, 6-1
6) (82) Anne Yelsey (Stan) def.Allison Rainey (UW), 6-1, 6-2