Third Sets Doom Huskies In Loss To #24 Ducks

Feb. 10, 2006

SEATTLE - Washington's women's tennis team succumbed to the No. 24 Oregon Ducks this afternooon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in a non-conference dual. Oregon (4-0) handed the Huskies (1-3) a 5-2 defeat, taking three singles matches in the third set.

The Huskies learned only a day before the match that sophomore starter Allison Rainey would miss approximately four weeks with a stress fracture in her left foot. Despite the line-up switch, the Huskies came out firing in singles play, taking four of the six first sets. But Oregon would fight back to win two of those four matches.

Sophomore Tara Simpson scored UW's first point of the day, winning 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 singles over Carmen Seremeta. Oregon scored the next point at fourth singles, where Ana Cecilia Olivos defeated senior Stephanie Svanfeldt, 6-4, 6-0. At No. 1 singles, senior Dinka Hadzic fell in three sets to 26th-ranked Dominika Dieskova. Dieskova took the first set, 6-1, before Hadzic fought for a 6-4 second set win. Dieskova reasserted herself in the third set, again winning 6-1.

Freshman Victoria Brymer moved into the No. 2 singles spot for the first time in her career and after falling behind 5-2 in the first set, captured 11 of the next 13 games to win 7-6 (4), 6-1.

Washington looked strong at fifth and sixth singles early on, with freshman Melinda Wong cruising to a 6-1 first set win at No. 5 and junior Monika Kolbovic scoring a 6-4 set win at No. 6. However, neither could carry their momentum through to the latter sets. Claudia Hirt rallied to defeat Kolbovic by identical 6-2 scores in the second and third sets to clinch the win for Oregon. After Wong's first set win, UO's Anna Leksinska reeled off nine consecutive games to win the second set 6-0 and take a 3-0 lead in the third. The freshman Wong, playing just her fourth dual match, was at a severe disadvantage in experience to the senior Leksinska, and Leksinska closed out the match, 6-2 in the third.

'It's been a real interesting year for us so far. We've had a lot of bumps,' Head Coach Jill Hultquist said postmatch. 'But when Allison went out with her stress fracture, I said we can do it one of two ways: we can feel sorry for ourselves or we can go out and fight as hard as we can and they did that. We had Melinda who was our No. 7 coming into this year, and she's now playing No. 5 and going three sets at No. 5, that's a great thing.'

After winning only two of the team's first 56 dual matches, the Ducks have now won the past two. The Huskies and Ducks will meet again on March 25 in Eugene for their Pac-10 dual.

The Huskies fell to 1-3 in the doubles point as Oregon swept the three matches to take the early 1-0 lead. Oregon took No. 2 doubles, 8-5, over Simpson and Kolbovic, then defeated UW's Svanfeldt and Wong, 8-3, at third doubles. Based on a new rule, with the doubles point clinched, the No. 1 doubles match went to a tiebreak at seven games apiece, rather than the standard eight games. The 49th-ranked doubles team of Dieskova and Olivos shut out Hadzic and Brymer, 7-0, in the tiebreaker.

The Huskies have a week off before beginning Pac-10 play. Sixth-ranked Cal and No. 1 Stanford will visit the Nordstrom Tennis Center on February 24th and 25th, respectively.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Oregon
2/10/06 - Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
No. 24 Oregon 5, No. 40 Washington 2

Doubles
1) (49) Dieskova/Olivos (UO) def. Hadzic/Brymer (UW), 8-7 (0)
2) Leksinska/Hirt (UO) def. Simpson/Kolbovic (UW), 8-5
3) Powaska/Seremeta (UO) def. Svanfeldt/Wong (UW), 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles
1) (26) Dominika Dieskova (UO) def. Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
2) Victoria Brymer (UW) def. Anna Powaska (UO), 7-6 (4), 6-1
3) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Carmen Seremeta (UO), 6-4, 7-5
4) Ana Cecilia Olivos (UO) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 6-4, 6-0
5) Anna Leksinska (UO) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
6) Claudia Hirt (UO) def. Monika Kolbovic (UW), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 4, 1, 2, 6, 5

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