Huskies Lose 6-1 Decision To USC

March 12, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - 13th-ranked USC overcame the No. 12 Washington women's tennis team, 6-1, today at the Bill Quillian Stadium, sending the Huskies to their third straight loss. Freshman Tara Simpson recorded the only point for the Huskies (10-4, 1-2 Pac-10) with a straight set win at No. 5 singles.

Senior All-American Dea Sumantri had her six match win streak snapped in the final match of the day. Sixth-ranked Sumantri cruised through the first set, 6-1, against No. 15 Nicole Leimbach. After falling behind 5-2 in the second set, Sumantri pulled back even at 5-5 saving two set points along the way, but lost her serve at 5-6 to give Leimbach the set. Since USC had already clinched the win, the two played a ten-point super-tiebreak for the match. Leimbach pulled out the tiebreak, ten points to six.

Simpson, a native of Vancouver, B.C., played some of her best tennis in defeating USC's Carine Vermeulen, 6-2, 6-3. Her win pulled the Huskies to within a point at 1-2, and the Huskies looked in position to force some third sets. But the Trojans (9-1, 3-0 Pac-10) picked up their play and closed out the match. 16th-ranked Lindsey Nelson remained undefeated in dual play by downing 34th-ranked junior Dinka Hadzic, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Senior Mugette Ahn lost at third singles to Anca Anastasiu, 6-3, 6-2 and freshman Allison Rainey was dealt a 6-3, 6-3 loss in the sixth singles spot. Sophomore Saskia Nauenberg lost her first set with Dianne Matias, 6-0, but bounced back in the second and was a game away from a third set with a 5-4 lead. But Matias managed to take the final three games for a 7-5 win.

The Huskies were looking good early in doubles play, leading on the first two courts and on serve in the third. But USC pulled away in the second and third matches to secure the doubles point. USC's Nelson and Anastasiu won six of the final seven games against Ahn and Simpson to turn a 3-2 deficit into an 8-4 win that clinched the point. The Huskies salvaged a win at No. 1 doubles, where Hadzic and Sumantri upended Leimbach and Vermeulen, 8-4. Washington falls to 4-9 on the year in the doubles point.

Up next, the Huskies will travel east across the state to Pullman to battle the Cougars in a non-conference match. The rivalry match takes place Sunday, March 20 at 12 p.m.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. USC
3/12/05 - Bill Quillian Stadium - Seattle, Wash.
No. 13 USC 6, No. 12 Washington 1

1) Hadzic/Sumantri (UW) def. Leimbach/Vermeulen (USC), 8-4
2) (56) Nelson/Anastasiu (USC) def. Ahn/Simpson (UW), 8-4
3) DeVera/Matias (USC) def. Nauenberg/Rainey (UW), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

1) (15) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. (6) Dea Sumantri (UW), 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (6)
2) (16) Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. (34) Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-1, 6-3
3) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Mugette Ahn (UW), 6-3, 6-2
4) Dianne Matias (USC) def. Saskia Nauenberg (UW), 6-0, 7-5
5) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Carine Vermeulen (USC), 6-2, 6-3
6) Judy DeVera (USC) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 5, 3, 6, 4, 1

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