UW Comes Up Short In 5-2 Loss To Bruins

March 11, 2006

LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Tara Simpson won the first Pac-10 singles match of the year for the Husky women's tennis team and Washington picked up the doubles point for the first time since the second match of the season, but it was not enough to upset 16th-ranked UCLA. The Bruins won the remaining five singles matches to post a 5-2 win over the Huskies (1-9, 0-4) at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

The Huskies had been swept, 7-0, in each of their three previous Pac-10 matches, albeit to three top-ten schools in No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 USC, and No. 9 Cal. Simpson got the Huskies their first Pac-10 point with her straight set win over Alex McGoodwin at No. 3 singles.

79th-ranked senior Dinka Hadzic started strong against UCLA's 24th-ranked Laura Gordon at the top singles spot, forcing a first set tiebreaker. But Gordon took the tiebreak, 7-2, and then distanced herself in the second set, winning 6-2.

Freshman Victoria Brymer ran into 37th-ranked Tracy Lin and was defeated 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. 73rd-ranked freshman Ashley Joelson recorded a straight set win at fourth singles over senior Stephanie Svanfeldt.

Still without the services of sophomore Allison Rainey, the Huskies' problems continued lower in the lineup. Freshman Melinda Wong, bumped from sixth to fifth with Rainey's injury, lost 6-0, 6-1 to Elizabeth Lumpkin, while junior Monika Kolbovic was shut out by Anna-Viktoria Lind at No. 6 singles.

Doubles was played after the singles matches once rain was no longer a factor. At No. 1 doubles, Hadzic and Brymer took down Lumpkin and McGoodwin, who were ranked 51st as a pair, 8-4. UCLA won at second doubles but were forced to default the No. 3 doubles match, giving UW their second doubles point of the season.

The schedule throws another top-ten team in Washington's path after a break for finals. The Huskies face No. 4 Northwestern in their next match on March 21 at 12 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. UCLA
3/11/06 - Los Angeles Tennis Center
No. 16 UCLA 5, Washington 2

Doubles
1) Hadzic/Brymer (UW) def. (51) Lumpkin/McGoodwin (UCLA), 8-4
2) Joelson/Lin (UCLA) def. Svafeldt/Wong (UW), 8-3
3) Washington wins by default

Singles
1) (24) Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. (79) Dinka Hadzic (UW), 7-6 (2), 6-2
2) (37) Tracy Lin (UCLA) def. Victoria Brymer (UW), 6-1, 6-2
3) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA), 6-3, 6-3
4) (73) Ashley Joelson (UCLA) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 6-2, 6-3
5) Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 6-0, 6-1
6) (113) Anna-Viktoria Lind (UCLA) def. Monika Kolbovic (UW), 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 5, 4, 2, 3, 1

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