Huskies Drop Home Opener 4-3 to Sacramento State

Feb. 3, 2007

SEATTLE - Sacramento State (1-1) took advantage of a depleted Husky team and won 4-3 at Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday. Junior Allison Rainey (Mercer Island, Wash.) was one of several bright spots for Washington (0-3) in its home opener, winning her seventh-straight singles match.

'It was a good fight,' said Husky Head Coach Jill Hultquist. 'The girls did great considering we had three players unavailable and that we had to patch together a lineup.'

The Huskies had only six healthy bodies for the match as No. 1 singles player Mathilde Cor was out recovering from mononucleosis. Morgan Ramser and Aleksandra Malovic were also unavailable for the Huskies, out with injury and eligibility concerns, respectively.

Sacramento State earned the early advantage, and what turned out to be the deciding factor, by winning the No. 3 and No. 2 doubles matches. Rainey and Lauren Summers fell 8-2 to Aileen Tsan and Anastasia Lyssenko in the No. 3 doubles, while the Huskies' Melinda Wong and Tara Simpson couldn't hold a 5-4 advantage at the No. 2 spot. With the doubles point already decided, the No. 1 tandem of Joyce Ardies and Victoria Brymer tied their match 7-7 and won 9-7 in a tie breaker.

'The doubles point is just haunting us now,' said Hultquist. 'It also hurt us against Denver. We had to put a patchwork doubles lineup together and I was very pleased with how Joyce and Tori played together.'

The Hornets jumped out to a 2-0 match lead when Cecelia Hellend beat Summers in the No. 6 singles (6-0, 6-1) and increased their margin to 3-0 when Katrina Zheltova beat Simpson in the No. 1 singles match (6-4, 6-1). Simpson was playing No. 1 singles for the first-time ever in her Husky career.

Sacramento State clinched the match with Luba Schifris' 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Melinda Wong in the No. 4 singles.

The Huskies made the final score closer by winning the final three matches. Rainey earned the Huskies' first point of the day with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Joyce Martinez in the No. 5 singles.

Ardies earned the second point of the day for the Huskies by bouncing back from down one set to win in a third-set super tie breaker. Ardies controlled the super tie breaker winning 10-3.

The final match of the day was also decided in a super tie breaker. Brymer took the first set 6-4 against Tsan in the No. 3 singles match, but dropped the second set 6-3. Brymer reeled off five-straight points after the super tie breaker was tied 4-4 to take control of the match and eventually win 10-7.

The Huskies return to action tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 4 when they host Michigan at 11:00 a.m. in the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Tennis Channel will be at the match recording a segment on Washington tennis, so fans are encouraged to wear purple. Admission to the match is free and there will be complimentary pizza and soft drinks provided between the doubles and singles matches. Live scoring and video will be available on www.gohuskies.cstv.com.

Sacramento State (1-1) at Washington (0-3)
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007; Seattle, Wash.

Doubles
1. Brymer/Ardies (UW) def. Shifris/Martinez (SAC), 8-7 (7)
2. Zheltova/Hellend (SAC) def. Simpson/Wong (UW), 8-5
3. Tsan/Lyssenko (SAC) def. Rainey/Summers (UW), 8-2

Singles
1. Katrina Zheltova (SAC) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 6-4, 6-1
2. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Anastassia Lyssenko (SAC), 3-6, 6-4, (10-3)
3. Victoria Brymer (UW) def. Aileen Tsan (SAC), 6-4, 3-6, (10-7)
4. Luba Schifris (SAC) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 6-4, 6-2
5. Allison Rainey (UW) def. Joyce Martinez (SAC), 6-4, 6-2
6. Cecilia Hellend (SAC) def. Lauren Summers (UW), 6-0, 6-1

Order of Finish:
Doubles:
3, 2, 1
Singles: 6, 1, 4, 5, 2, 3

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