Road Duals At Arizona, Arizona State Await Huskies
April 6, 2005
- THIS WEEK: Looking to pull out of a recent 2-6 stretch, the 21st-ranked Washington women's tennis team resumes Pac-10 play this weekend in Arizona. The Huskies (12-7, 1-3 Pac-10) have lost three of their last four, all by 4-3 scores. The women will try to turn things around starting Friday, April 8, against the No. 50 Arizona Wildcats in a 1:30 p.m. match. Saturday, April 9, UW faces the 27th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe at 12 noon.
SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats have struggled this season, especially in conference play where they are 0-5. Arizona is 6-10 overall and ranked 50th. Their past two matches, UA lost 6-1 to California and Stanford. Senior Dianne Hollands is currently ranked 40th, while senior Maja Mlakar is No. 87. Together, the pair of seniors are ranked 32nd in doubles. Washington defeated Arizona 4-3 one year ago, taking four of six singles matches. However, Hollands defeated UW's Dea Sumantri in three sets at No. 1 singles. Hollands leads the team with 21 singles wins and is five wins shy of 100 for her career. Arizona holds an 18-3 all-time advantage over Washington.
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils have climbed to No. 27 in the ITA Rankings and are coming off a big 4-3 win over the California Golden Bears. ASU is 7-7 overall after several matches earlier in the season were rained out. They are 2-3 in the Pac-10, with their win over Cal and a 7-0 sweep of Oregon. The Sun Devils are without a ranked singles player, but Lauren Colalillo and Kady Pooler are ranked 20th in doubles, while Sabrina Capannolo and Jessica Leitch are No. 59. The Huskies and Sun Devils met twice last year, with the Huskies taking their conference dual 4-1, then eliminating the Sun Devils in the NCAA Round of 16 with a 4-2 win in Athens, Ga. Washington still trails the all-time series 5-15-1.
LAST TIME OUT: Washington had a tough weekend in their final non-conference duals against Sacramento State and Tulane. In their match with the Sacramento State Hornets, the Huskies pulled out a rare doubles point win, taking first and third doubles. However, the Hornets captured three singles wins in third sets and a fourth in straight sets to come back and take the 4-3 win. Saskia Nauenberg survived a marathon three set match at third singles, with each set going to a tiebreak. Tara Simpson provided UW's only other singles win, a 6-2, 6-3 win at fourth singles over Klara Petersson. Dea Sumantri led her No. 1 singles match against No. 28 Margarita Karnaukhova, 6-4, 4-3, before Karnaukhova won six straight games and held on for a 6-3 third set win. The following day against the Green Wave, Tulane took the doubles point despite Sumantri and Dinka Hadzic upsetting the 37th-ranked doubles team in a tiebreak. The two teams then split the singles matches, giving Tulane the 4-3 win. Sumantri rebounded from her loss the previous day, routing No. 51 Jenny Kuehn, 6-0, 6-0. Mugette Ahn also returned to singles play after missing the previous three matches due to injury, and upset No. 96 Julie Smekodub, 6-4, 7-6. Simpson earned another big win, knocking off 67th-ranked Nancy Kockott, 7-6, 6-3 at fifth singles.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington slipped two spots in the newest team rankings to No. 21, their lowest point of the season. The Huskies were ranked as high as eighth after their 10-1 start but injuries and close losses have hampered them of late. Senior Dea Sumantri fell out of the top-10 in the April 5 singles rankings, down to No. 15. Junior Dinka Hadzic also took a slight dip in the rankings, coming in now at No. 54.
SUMANTRI ASCENDS RECORDBOOKS: Despite letting a match slip away to then-28th-ranked Margarita Karnaukhova last Friday, senior All-American Dea Sumantri is still in the midst of a stellar 25-10 season. She has 'bageled' two of her last three opponents, winning without losing a single game. Sumantri has knocked off 14 ranked opponents, nine of which were in the top-40 at the time of the match. Sumantri, currently ranked No. 15, also has wins over five players currently ranked in the top-25, including Suzi Babos of Cal (No. 4), Robin Stephenson of Alabama (No. 8), USC's Lindsey Nelson (No. 13), and UCLA's Riza Zalameda (23) and Daniela Bercek (25). On Januray 29th, Sumantri defeated Boise State's Megan Bjorkman for her 92nd career singles win, passing Claire Carter (2001-04) for second place on the career singles wins list. With her win over Portland's Sanja Indic, Sumantri became the second Husky ever to record 100 career victories. Sumantri now owns a career singles record of 101-44, trailing only the 111 singles wins amassed by Kristina Kraszewski (1998-01). She also has been a force on the doubles courts, totalling 83 career doubles wins, good for third place all-time.
UP NEXT: The Huskies wrap up their regular season schedule next weekend, hosting the rival Washington State Cougars on Friday, April 15. The Pac-10 match is slated for 1:30 p.m. at the Bill Quillian Stadium.