No. 11 UW Rallies to Beat No. 12 Miami, 4-3

Feb. 5, 2005

MADISON, Wisc. - The Washington women's tennis team earned a 4-3 comeback win today over 12th-ranked Miami in a consolation match at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. It is the biggest win of the season for the Huskies (6-1), who completed their tournament with an impressive 2-1 record for the second straight year.

At one point in the match, the Huskies trailed the Hurricanes, 3-1, but rallied back to win Nos. 3, 4 and 6 singles to earn the win. Senior Mugette Ahn picked up the deciding point at No. 3 singles, holding off Miami's Melissa Applebaum in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Ahn's win came on the heels of freshman Allison Rainey's clutch 7-6 (6), 6-4 effort at No. 6 singles, which pulled the Huskies even in the match. Sophomore Saskia Nauenberg survived another nailbiter, knocking off Audrey Banada, 7-5, 6-4 at fourth singles.

Washington's first point of the day was emphatically posted by junior Dinka Hadzic, who dominated Staci Stevens, 6-0, 6-0 in the second singles spot. At first singles, Miami's second-ranked Megan Bradley overcame 13th-ranked senior Dea Sumantri in straight sets. Bradley was undefeated on the weekend.

The Hurricanes took the doubles point with wins at first and third doubles. The eighth-ranked duo of Bradley and Banada topped UW's Sumantri and Hadzic, 8-5 at No. 1 doubles and Nauenberg and Rainey were defeated, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles to give Miami the 1-0 lead. Ahn and freshman Tara Simpson were 8-3 winners at No. 2 doubles.

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. The Cardinal advanced in today's semifinals to meet Kentucky in tomorrow's final round.

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. UW's all-time National Team Indoors record now sits at an impressive 7-5.

The Huskies remain on the road next weekend for a non-conference dual with the Oregon Ducks. The match takes place Saturday, Feb. 12 at noon in Eugene. Washington beat the Ducks three separate times last season, including ending their season in the NCAA Second Round.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Miami
2-5-05 - Nielsen Tennis Stadium - Madison, Wisc.
No. 11 Washington 4, No. 12 Miami 3

1) (8) Bradley/Banada (UM) def. (56) Sumantri/Hadzic (UW), 8-5
2) Ahn/Simpson (UW) def. Stevens/Starzyk (UM), 8-3
3) Applebaum/Seenauth (UM) def. Nauenberg/Rainey (UW), 8-6

1) (2) Megan Bradley (UM) def. (13) Dea Sumantri (UW), 6-1, 6-3
2) Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Staci Stevens (UM), 6-0, 6-0
3) Mugette Ahn (UW) def. Melissa Applebaum (UM), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
4) Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Audrey Banada (UM), 7-5, 6-4
5) Patricia Starzyk (UM) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 6-2, 7-5
6) Allison Rainey (UW) def. Juliette Maroleon (UM), 7-6 (6), 6-4

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