Eighth-Ranked Huskies Down No. 17 Cal In 4-3 Thriller

Feb. 20, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif - Washington's eighth-ranked women's tennis team had its patience and skill tested by poor weather and a talented California team, but today put the finishing touches on a 4-3 win over the No. 17 Golden Bears. The match began Friday afternoon but was suspended during singles play by Bay Area rains. When play resumed, the Huskies (8-1, 1-0 Pac-10) rallied to take four singles matches, three in third sets, to win their Pac-10 opener.

13th-ranked senior Dea Sumantri stepped up huge for the Huskies at No. 1 singles, upsetting the nation's No. 3 player, Suzi Babos, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Babos, just a freshman, suffered only her third career loss at the hands of UW's two-time All-American. It also marked the highest-ranked opponent Sumantri has ever defeated.

Junior Dinka Hadzic's 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles over Cal's Monica Wiesener was the only easy victory for either team. At No. 3 singles UW's other senior, Mugette Ahn, showed her grit by rebounding from a 6-1 first set loss to take the second and third sets 6-4 and 6-1 to defeat Cal's Marion Ravelojaona.

But it wasn't all upperclassmen leading the heroics for the Huskies. Freshman Tara Simpson outplayed fellow frosh Cristina Visico in another three-setter, winning 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. California's two singles wins were also nailbiters. Cal's Stephanie Kusano pulled out a pair of tiebreak wins over UW's Saskia Nauenberg at No. 4 singles. At sixth singles, Husky freshman Allison Rainey took the first set over Cal junior Jessica Shu, but Shu fought back to nab the second and third sets 6-4, 6-4.

In doubles action that took place on Friday, the Golden Bears notched a pair of 8-5 wins at second and third doubles to clinch the doubles point. Hadzic and Sumantri salvaged one doubles win for Washington, taking an 8-6 decision at No. 1 doubles over Babos and Ravelojaona.

Washington handed Cal their first loss of the season (4-1, 0-1 Pac-10) and defeated the Golden Bears for only the third time in program history. The Huskies improve to 3-18 all-time against Cal but have now downed the Golden Bears in each of the past two seasons.

Today's match marks the end of a string of five consecutive matches away from home for the Dawgs, all against Top-25 competition. The Huskies went 4-1 during the stretch that included a trip to the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Washington notched victories over No. 24 New Mexico, Miami (12), Oregon (25), and now Cal (17), and lost only to top-ranked Stanford.

Up next for the Huskies is their first home match since January. Saturday, Feb. 26, Washington hosts 35th-ranked Illinois for a 12 noon dual at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. California
2/20/05 - Hellman Tennis Center - Berkeley, Calif.
No. 8 Washington 4, No. 17 California 3

1) (56) Hadzic/Sumantri (UW) def. Babos/Ravelojaona (Cal), 8-6
2) Kusano/Shu (Cal) def. Ahn/Simpson (UW), 8-5
3) Wiesener/Visico (Cal) def. Nauenberg/Svanfeldt (UW), 8-5

1) (13) Dea Sumantri (UW) def. (3) Suzi Babos (Cal), 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
2) Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Monica Wiesener (Cal), 6-3, 6-1
3) Mugette Ahn (UW) def. Marion Ravelojaona (Cal), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
4) Stephanie Kusano (Cal) def. Saskia Nauenberg (UW), 7-6, 7-6
5) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Cristina Visico (Cal), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
6) Jessica Shu (Cal) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

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