Wildcats Rally for 5-2 Win Over Husky Women

April 7, 2006

SEATTLE - Through doubles play, the Washington women's tennis team looked more than capable of upsetting the 32nd-ranked Arizona Wildcats, but singles play was a different story, as Arizona came back to win five of six singles matches to pick up a 5-2 victory. Sophomore Tara Simpson had the only singles win for the Huskies (2-14, 0-6) for her third straight Pac-10 singles win.

The Huskies played probably their best doubles point of the year to start the match. Dinka Hadzic and Victoria Brymer teamed up at No. 1 singles to defeat Stephanie Balzert and Juliette Mavroleon, 8-5. Arizona knotted the point with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles. But the Huskies secured the point when Melinda Wong and Allison Rainey survived a tiebreaker where they were down match point to Kasia Jakowlew and Jessie Rochefort and fought back to win 9-7. It is the second straight doubles point win at home for Washington.

The outlook was still sunny for Washington halfway through singles play, even if the skies at Bill Quillian Stadium had clouded over. The Huskies took three of the six first sets, needing three wins in singles to reach the four points. However, Simpson was the only Husky to close out her match, upsetting Arizona's 61st-ranked Juliette Mavroleon, 6-4, 6-4 at third singles. Sophomore Allison Rainey played her first singles match since a stress fracture sidelined her in early February, but after taking the first against Camelia Todorova, some rust began to show and the next two sets went Todorova's way. Rainey had called for the trainer at the start of the match for help with her foot, and at 0-5 down in the third she decided to retire rather than continue putting strain on it. Arizona had already clinched the win at that point.

At No. 5 singles, Wong earned a tough 6-4 first set win over Tina Razloznik, but then the wheels fell off and Wong no longer resembled the player who had just clinched doubles and won the first set. Razloznik won 12 games in a row after the first set for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 win, earning a big point for the Wildcats.

The top two singles matches were both competitive, but Arizona took each in straight sets. 48th-ranked Danielle Steinberg defeated Hadzic, 6-3, 6-4 for U of A's first singles point at No. 1 singles, while Brymer lost a 5-2 first set lead and the match to Arizona's Balzert at second singles, 7-5, 6-3. Jakowlew squeaked past Svanfeldt, 7-6, 7-5 at No. 4 singles in the clinching match for Arizona.

Tomorrow the Huskies will face another in a long line of top-20 opponents this season, as the 16th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils visit Bill Quillian Stadium for a 12 noon match.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Arizona
4/7/06 - Bill Quillian Stadium - Seattle, Wash.
No. 32 Arizona 5, Washington 2

1) Hadzic/Brymer (UW) def. Balzert/Mavroleon (UA), 8-5
2) Steinberg/Todorova (UA) def. Simpson/Svanfeldt (UA), 8-4
3) Rainey/Wong (UW) def. Jakowlew/Rochefort (UA), 9-8 (7)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

1) (48) Danielle Steinberg (UA) def. Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-3, 6-4
2) Stephanie Balzert (UA) def. Victoria Brymer (UW), 7-5, 6-3
3) Tara Simpson (UW) def. (61) Juliette Mavroleon (UA), 6-4, 6-4
4) Kasia Jakowlew (UA) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 7-6, 7-5
5) Tina Razloznik (UA) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 4-6, 6-0, 6-0
6) Camelia Todorova (UA) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 4-6, 6-2, 5-0 ret.
Order of finish: 1, 5, 3, 2, 4, 6