Women's Tennis Blanks Long Beach State In NCAA Opener

May 13, 2005

LOS ANGELES - The 25th-ranked Husky women's tennis team glided through to the second round of the NCAA Championships today, posting a solid 4-0 win over the 59th-ranked Long Beach State 49ers in the first round of their NCAA Regional at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Huskies (15-8) move on to Saturday's second round to face a major challenge in the seventh-seeded UCLA Bruins, who also swept their first round match against Illinois State.

The Huskies came out firing in doubles play, winning in the fist and third doubles positions to clinch the point. The 60th-ranked doubles pair, senior Dea Sumantri and junior Dinka Hadzic, won the first point, 8-3, over the top 49ers duo of Nicole Bouffler and Sandra Rocha. Senior Mugette Ahn and sophomore Saskia Nauenberg lost 8-4 to the 49er's Rachel Porsz and Alanah Carrol, but it would be the final UW setback on the day. The doubles point was settled by the No. 3 pairs, as sophomore Monika Kolbovic and freshman Tara Simpson defeated Stephanie Bengson and Krystina Katayama 8-4 to clinch the doubles point.

The women built upon their momentum from doubles play to win three straight singles points to clinch the match. 18th ranked Dea Sumantri had an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Long Beach State's Bouffler. Simpson upped her impressive singles record to 23-10, defeating the 49ers' Rachael Porsz 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles to put UW ahead 3-0. The match was clinched by Nauenberg at No. 3 singles, who held off Long Beach State's Rocha 7-5, 6-2. The Huskies were up a set on the remaining three courts when play was halted.

For Washington to advance to their third-straight Round of 16, they will need to pull the upset over the strong Bruin squad, last year's NCAA runner-ups. UCLA also benefits from being the region's host school. Washington and UCLA met previously this year in Seattle, where the Bruins came out on top, 5-2. Some tournament history exists between the programs, as UCLA has twice knocked the Huskies out of the NCAAs, most recently in the 2003 Round of 16. The winner of tomorrow's match, which begins at 3 p.m., will advance to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

NCAA Women's Tennis Championships - First Round
Washington Women's Tennis vs. Long Beach State
5-13-05 - Los Angeles Tennis Center - Los Angeles Calif.
No. 25 Washington 4, No. 59 Long Beach State 0

Doubles (Washington wins point)
1) (60) Sumantri/Hadzic (UW) def. Bouffler/Rocha (LBS), 8-3
2) Porsz/Carrol (LBS) def. Ahn/Nauenberg (UW), 8-4
3) Kolbovic/Simpson (UW) def. Bengson/Katayama (LBS), 8-4*
*Clinched Point
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

Singles
1) (18) Dea Sumantri (UW) def. Nicole Bouffler (LBS), 6-2, 6-2
2) (93) Dinka Hadzic (UW) vs. Stephanie Bengson (LBS), DNF
3) Saskia Nauenberg (UW) def. Sandra Rocha (LBS), 7-5, 6-2*
4) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Rachael Porsz (LBS), 6-2, 6-2
5) Allison Rainey (UW) vs. Claudia Argumendo (LBS), DNF
6) Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW) vs. Nicoletta Ratiu (LBS), DNF
*Clinched Match
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 3

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