No Shade From Sun Devils In 7-0 Loss For Tennis

April 8, 2006

SEATTLE - Despite rain clouds that obscured the sun and forced today's match under the cover of the Nordstrom Tennis Center, the Huskies could not avoid the Sun Devils, as 16th-ranked Arizona State spoiled Washington's Senior Day with a 7-0 win. The Huskies (2-15, 0-6) suffered two tough losses in third set super-tiebreaks.

The Huskies have one last Pac-10 match left to avoid a winless conference season. April 21 they travel to Pullman for a rematch with the Cougars. The Huskies got their last win on March 26 in a non-conference dual against Washington State in Seattle.

Sophomore Tara Simpson had her three-match Pac-10 winning streak snapped, as Kady Pooler volleyed her way to a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. ASU's next point came at sixth singles, where Laila Abdala defeated sophomore Allison Rainey, 6-4, 6-0. Rebecca Rankin clinched the win for the Sun Devils with her 7-5, 6-0 win over senior Stephanie Svanfeldt at fourth singles.

At the top singles spot, senior Dinka Hadzic fell in a third set super-tiebreak, 11-9 after winning the first set but dropping the second to Sabrina Capannolo. Hadzic saved four match points in the final tiebreak before succumbing. Washington's two freshmen were the last two remaining on court on Senior Day. Victoria Brymer was outhit by 59th-ranked Roaxanne Clarke, 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles slot. The final match of the day ended when Melinda Wong, despite playing one of her most consistent matches, went down 6-4, 5-7 and 10-6 in a super-tiebreak to Jessica Leitch at No. 5.

The Sun Devils took quick control of doubles play, gaining early leads at second and third doubles. Leitch and Capannolo won seven straight games after trailing Simpson and Svanfeldt, 1-2, to end up winning 8-2 in the two spot. At No. 3, Rankin and Wendy Pilecka rolled to an 8-2 win over Rainey and Wong. At the top singles spot, UW's Hadzic and Brymer hung close with the 43rd-ranked team of Pooler and Clarke, but the Sun Devils pulled away late for an 8-4 win.

During the break between doubles and singles, the Huskies had a ceremony to honor their two seniors, Dinka Hadzic and Stephanie Svanfeldt. Head Coach Jill Hultquist commended the pair for persevering despite the myriad of challenges facing them this season, and for never giving up despite the team's record which is not how any senior would like to go out. Each team member had a few kind words for the pair and they each received a bouquet of flowers.

A pair of late season non-conference duals closes out Washington's home season next weekend. The Huskies face 58th-ranked South Alabama on Friday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Finally, the last home match is on Sunday, April 16, versus No. 52 Sacramento State at 12 p.m. Both matches are scheduled for the outdoor courts of Bill Quillian Stadium.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Arizona State
4/8/06 - Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
No. 16 Arizona State 7, Washington 0

Doubles
1) (43) Pooler/Clarke (ASU) def. Hadzic/Brymer (UW), 8-4
2) Leitch/Capannolo (ASU) def. Simpson/Svanfeldt (UW), 8-2
3) Rankin/Pilecka (ASU) def. Rainey/Wong (UW), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles
1) (116) Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) def. Dinka Hadzic (UW), 4-6, 6-1, (11-9)
2) (59) Roxanne Clarke (ASU) def. Victoria Brymer (UW), 7-5, 6-2
3) Kady Pooler (ASU) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 6-1, 6-2
4) Rebecca Rankin (ASU) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 7-5, 6-0
5) Jessica Leitch (ASU) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 6-4, 5-7, (10-6)
6) Laila Abdala (ASU) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 6-4, 6-0
Order of finish: 3, 6, 4, 1, 2, 5

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