No. 26 Washington Suffers a Close Defeat to No. 47 New Mexico 3-4

Feb. 5, 2006

Seattle, Wash. -- The 26th ranked UW women's tennis team (1-2) lost their second match of the season 3-4, to a talented New Mexico team. The New Mexico Lobos have two ranked singles players and the third best doubles team in the nation. The match was played at Washington's home facility, the Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center.

The Huskies were defeated in all three doubles positions, suffering close loses in the number one and tw spots. In number three doubles, Stephanie Svanfeldt and Allison Simpson traded service games with New Mexico's Nora Quintal and Jenn Ryba until the Lobos were able to string six straight games together en route to a 8-1 victory over the Dawgs. The number two doubles team of Allison Rainey and Monika Kolbovic started out slow losing the first four games of the set, however they displayed their resiliency and got back on serve with the Lobos' Lucy Scott and Ola Abu-Zekry at 4-5. In the end the Huskies didn't have the extra gas to pull out the comeback, sufferinga 8-6 defeat. In number one doubles, Dinka Hadzic and freshman Victoria Brymer faced off with the third ranked doubles team in the nation, New Mexico's Iva Gersic and Maja Kovacek. The match reached eight all forcing a tiebreaker, where the Lobos were victorious 7-4.

In singles play senior captain Hadzic lead the charge with a win over the 20th ranked player in the nation, New Mexico's Maja Kovacek. Down 4-3 in the first, Hadzic put together three straight games to take the set 6-3. With her intensity and confidence, she cruised to a victory in the second set winning 6-3. In number two singles, Tara Simpson was overpowered by the No. 45 ranked player, Iva Gersic. Gersic won the match 6-3, 6-4. Sophomore Allison Rainey in the fourth singles position faced off against Nora Quintal. Quintal took the first set quickly 6-2, however in the second Rainey gave a better fight. Down 5-2, she came back winning two straight games pushing the set to 5-4. Quintal was finally able to close out the match 6-4.

Freshman Melinda Wong showed her early signs of dominance in her collegiate career, winning in number six singles 6-4, 6-2. In the fifth singles spot Svanfeldt dropped the first set 4-6, but stayed in the match and took the second 6-2. Down 5-1 in the third and final set, Svanfeldt won two straight games but was finally defeated by Lucy Scott 6-3. Closing out the match was freshman Victoria Brymer. Brymer came back in the first set down 4-5, pulling out three consecutive games to win 7-5. In the second she exchanged service games with her opponent, the Lobos' Ola Abu-Zekry, until Abu-Zekry went up a break and won the set 6-4. Due to the fact that the Lobos had previously clinched the win for the team, Brymer and Abu-Zekry played a super-tiebreaker to determine the match. Brymer prevailed 10-4, earning the Huskies their third team point, however inconsequential.

The UW women's tennis team's next opponent will be Pac-10 rival, the Oregon Ducks. The Huskies will look to improve on their 54-3 all time record against Oregon in next week's match on February 10th at 1:30 p.m. in Washington's Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center.

Saturday, February 5; Seattle, Wash.
Washington Huskies - 3
New Mexico Lobos - 4

1. (3) Kovacek/Gersic (NM) def. Hadzic/Brymer (UW), 9-8 (4)
2. Scott/Abou-Zekry (NM) def. Rainey/Kolbovic (UW), 8-6
3. Quintal/Jenn Ryba (NM def. Svanfeldt/Simpson (UW), 8-1

1. Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. (20) Maja Kovacek (NM), 6-4, 6-3
2. (45) Iva Gersic (NM) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 6-3, 6-4
3. Victoria Brymer (UW) def. Ola Abu-Zekry (NM), 7-6(4), 4-6, 1-0(4)
4. Nora Quintal (NM) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 6-2, 6-4
5. Lucy Scott (NM) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
6. Melinda Wong (UW) def. Mackenzie White (NM), 6-4, 6-2

Order of Finish
Doubles: 3,2,1
Singles: 1,2,4,6,5,3

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