Huskies Net 5-2 Win Over Ducks

Feb. 12, 2005

EUGENE, Ore. - Washington's ninth-ranked women's tennis team notched a 5-2 victory over the No. 25 Oregon Ducks today to reaffirm their status as the top team in the northwest. The Huskies (7-1) put the first blemish on Oregon's previously undefeated record, dropping them to 8-1. The Ducks took the doubles point but Washington responded with five singles wins to capture the non-conference dual at Oregon's Student Tennis Center.

The win marks the fourth for the Huskies over the Ducks in just the past two years, after Washington took three matches from Oregon in 2004 and eliminated them in the second round of the NCAA Championships with a 4-3 win. The two will meet once again in late March in Seattle for their conference match-up.

Oregon took an early 1-0 lead behind strong doubles play. The 45th-ranked tandem of Daria Panova and Dominika Dieskova outdid UW's Dea Sumantri and Dinka Hadzic, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles. Also scoring for Oregon was Davina Mendiburu and Ester Bak, who won 8-3 over Washington's Saskia Nauenberg and Allison Rainey in the third doubles spot. Senior Mugette Ahn and freshman Tara Simpson salvaged an 8-4 win for the Huskies at second doubles but Oregon still won the point.

As has been their style over the past two seasons, the Huskies shrugged off the doubles loss and turned the match's momentum on the singles courts. 13th-ranked All-American Sumantri scored a big win over No. 31 Panova at No. 1 singles, downing the Duck 6-4, 6-2. No. 3 singles offered an intriguing match-up between Ahn and UO's Mendiburu. Mendiburu came into the match at 14-1 and had won Flight II of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships last month in Seattle. However, Ahn dominated the Duck in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 to earn the crucial point.

The Huskies swept the Ducks in the bottom half of singles play. Nauenberg had no trouble in taking out Anna Leksinska, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. Simpson cruised past Monica Hoz de Vila at fifth singles, 6-2, 6-2. The only match to go three sets came at sixth singles, where the freshman Rainey improved to 7-1 in dual play with a third set super-tiebreak win over Bak. Oregon's only singles point was earned by No. 34 Dieskova, who defeated Hadzic at No. 2 singles.

Washington now leads the all-time series 54-2 against Oregon.

This was the fourth-straight top-25 match the Huskies have played, going 3-1 during the stretch. Two more top-25 matches await UW next weekend, as they travel to face No. 16 Cal on Feb. 18 at 1:30, and No. 1 Stanford, Feb. 19 at noon. The Cardinal are the defending national champs and handed the Huskies their only loss last week at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Oregon
2-12-05 - Student Tennis Center - Eugene, Ore.
No. 9 Washington 5, No. 25 Oregon 2

Doubles
1) (45) Panova/Dieskova (UO) def. (56) Sumantri/Hadzic (UW), 8-5
2) Ahn/Simpson (UW) def. Marshall/Leksinska (UO), 8-4
3) Mendiburu/Bak (UO) def. Nauenberg/Rainey (UW), 8-3

Singles
1) (13) Dea Sumantri (UW) def. (31) Daria Panova (UO), 6-4, 6-2
2) (34) Dominika Dieskova (UO) def. Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-3, 6-0
3) Mugette Ahn (UW) def. Davina Mendiburu (UO), 6-4, 6-1
4) Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Anna Leksinska (UO), 6-2, 6-1
5) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Monica Hoz de Vila (UO), 6-2, 6-2
6) Allison Rainey (UW) def. Ester Bak (UO), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8)

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