No. 25 Oregon Upsets No. 16 Women's Tennis, 4-3
March 22, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington's 16th-ranked women's tennis team suffered a rare defeat at the hands of the No. 25 Oregon Ducks today at Bill Quillian Stadium. The Huskies (11-5, 1-3 Pac-10) split the six singles matches with the Ducks (13-2, 2-1 Pac-10) but lost the doubles point for the ninth straight time and it proved costly on this occasion. Oregon defeated the Huskies for only the third time in 57 total meetings between the schools.
Washington had its chances to finally stop their doubles play struggles, but Oregon managed to take two out of three matches. Oregon's Anna Powaska and Anna Leksinska earned an 8-4 win over Saskia Nauenberg and Allison Rainey at No. 2 doubles, but UW's Monika Kolbovic and Tara Simpson gave the Huskies a boost with an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles. The Huskies had been 3-10 in the third doubles spot previously. However, Oregon held on to take the point at No. 1 doubles, where the 43rd-ranked duo of Daria Panova and Dominika Dieskova scored an 8-6 win over Dinka Hadzic and Dea Sumantri
Trailing after doubles play was nothing new to the Huskies, but if they were going to rally today, they would have to do so without the services of senior Mugette Ahn, one of their top singles players who was out with an injury. The bottom third of the Husky order all moved up one spot and junior Stephanie Svanfeldt stepped in at No. 6
Nauenberg moved into the No. 3 singles position and routed UO's Powaska, 6-1, 6-0 for the first Husky point. At fifth singles, Rainey easily handled Leksinska, 6-3, 6-1 to give the Huskies a 2-1 edge. Nauenberg and Rainey each lead the team with 12-4 dual records.
73rd-ranked Dieskova was too tough for Hadzic on the day, as she notched Oregon's first singles win, 6-2, 6-3. The three remaining singles matches all had very tight first sets, but the Ducks won all three. Washington needed a pair of comeback wins to hold off the Ducks, but couldn't quite come through. Simpson had lost her first set with Davina Mendiburu nine points to seven in a tiebreak, but led 4-1 in the second set. Mendiburu then rallied to win the last five games and put the Ducks a win away from the upset. At No. 1 singles, ninth-ranked Dea Sumantri went back and forth with Panova,, but had problems with gusting winds and moved slower than her usual self on a taped up ankle. Up a set, Panova broke Sumantri to tie the second set at 4-4, then broke her again in the tenth game for the clinching victory, 7-5, 6-4. With the outcome decided, Svanfeldt's No. 6 singles match with Ester Bak went to a super-tiebreak for the third set, which Svanfeldt captured, ten points to seven.
With a full and healthy squad five weeks ago, the Huskies had defeated the Ducks 5-2 in Eugene, but that match did not count towards Pac-10 standings.
Washington now takes a day off before returning to Bill Quillian Stadium on Thursday, March 24 for a 12 noon match against the Portland Pilots.
Washington Women's Tennis vs. Oregon
3/22/05 - Bill Quillian Stadium - Seattle, Wash.
No. 25 Oregon 4, No. 16 Washington 3
1) (43) Panova/Dieskova (UO) def. Hadzic/Sumantri (UW), 8-6
2) Powaska/Leksinska (UO) vs. Nauenberg/Rainey (UW), 8-4
3) Kolbovic/Simpson (UW) def. Mendiburu/Bak (UO), 8-5
1) Daria Panova (UO) def. (9) Dea Sumantri (UW), 7-5, 6-4
2) (73) Dominika Dieskova (UO) def. (43) Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-2, 6-3
3) Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Anna Powaska (UO), 6-1, 6-0
4) Davina Mendiburu (UO) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 7-6 (7), 6-4
5) Allison Rainey (UW) def. Anna Leksinska (UO), 6-3, 6-1
6) Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW) def. Ester Bak (UO), 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (7)
Order of finish: 3, 5, 2, 4, 1, 6