Husky Seniors Lead Upset Of Sacramento State In Final Home Match

April 16, 2006

SEATTLE - Getting two wins in singles from their two seniors, Washington's women's tennis team scored a gratifying 4-3 win over No. 58 Sacramento State today in their home finale. Senior Stephanie Svanfeldt punctuated the win with an ace on match point at No. 4 singles, breaking a 3-3 tie. The win is the second over a ranked opponent this year for the unranked Huskies.

While Svanfeldt closed out the match for UW, fellow senior Dinka Hadzic scored the first point in singles, winning 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles over Luba Schifris. Hadzic had played in the top singles spot all season long for the Huskies, and Head Coach Jill Hultquist wanted to reduce the mental grind of the No. 1 matches for Hadzic's final home match. Freshman Victoria Brymer ascended to the top spot for the first time, but came up short against 76th-ranked Margarita Karnaukhova, 6-4, 6-3.

'Playing at number one, you're playing a tough match over and over again, and Dinka's playing ranked players constantly. I just wanted to give her a mental break, and I think Tori's had some close matches at two and when she won on Friday I felt I could switch them around.'

Svanfeldt's 7-5, 6-3 win over Karina Jarlkaganova was especially impressive considering she had a tough time in Friday's singles match against South Alabama, and could not seem to find a rhythm in doubles on Friday or again this afternoon.

'Stephanie's been struggling a little bit and for her to pull that out at 3-3 is a big victory for her. She was working on herself today, playing for herself, and figuring it out on her own. We sort of left her alone today just so she could figure it out herself. We stayed away from her and that helped her,' said Hultquist with a laugh.

Not to be overlooked was another win for sophomore Tara Simpson, her third in the past four matches. Simpson rolled to a routine, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Joyce Martinez Gutierrez at No. 3 singles. Simpson's overall singles record is now an even 14-14, the only Husky at .500.

Sacramento State's other two points came in a win at No. 5 singles, where Cecilia Helland defeated freshman Melinda Wong, 7-5, 6-2, and at No. 6 singles where the Huskies were forced to default after sophomore Allison Rainey could not make the start due to injury.

In doubles play, the Huskies sandwiched a pair of solid wins around one lopsided loss to take the point for the fifth time this season. UW fell behind after Simpson and Svanfeldt lost to Gutierrez and Schifris, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles. However, the Huskies would tie it up moments later when Allison Rainey and Melinda Wong won at third doubles by an 8-1 score themselves. That left the number one team of Hadzic and Brymer against Karnaukhova and Anastassia Lyssenko to decide the point. Hadzic and Brymer won five of the final six games (8-4) to clinch the point and earn their team-leading 10th win as a tandem.

Washington's season finale comes against the rival Washington State Cougars on April 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Pullman. The match will count towards the conference standings, with both teams heading into the match winless in Pac-10 play. The Huskies won the first non-conference meeting between the two teams, 4-3 in Seattle in March.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Sacramento State
4/16/06 - Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
Washington 4, No. 58 Sacramento State 3

Doubles
1) Hadzic/Brymer (UW) def. Karnaukhova/Anastasia Lyssenko (Sac St), 8-4
2) Gutierrez/Schifris (Sac St) def. Simpson/Svanfeldt (UW), 8-1
3) Wong/Rainey (UW) def. Pimenova/Helland (Sac St), 8-1
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles
1) (76) Margarita Karnaukhova (Sac St) def. Victoria Brymer (UW), 6-4, 6-3
2) Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Luba Schifris (Sac St), 6-2, 6-2
3) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Joyce Martinez Gutierrez (Sac St), 6-2, 6-2
4) Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW) def. Karina Jarlkaganova (Sac St), 7-5, 6-3
5) Cecilia Helland (Sac St) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 7-5, 6-2
6) Sacramento State wins by default
Order of finish: 6, 2, 1, 3, 5, 4

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