UW Women Hope to Earn First Win

Feb. 21, 2007

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THIS WEEK: The Washington women's tennis team (0-6, 0-2 Pac-10) will embark on another road trip before returning home in March. This time the Huskies will travel to Big Ten country to face No. 36 Purdue on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and unranked Illinois on Sunday at 9 a.m. PT. Both Purdue and Illinois will provide live stats for the matches.

SCOUTING PURDUE: Washington will face No. 36 Purdue (3-2) for the first time in school history on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 am in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boilermakers' two losses came at the hands of Tennessee and William & Mary, who were each ranked higher than Purdue at the time of their matches. Mat Iandolo's squad is led by Mallory Voelker at the No. 1 singles spot. The Boilermakers have had three girls combine to go a perfect 5-0 in the No. 4 singles spot this season.

SCOUTING ILLINOIS: When Washington faces Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 9 am, it will mark the first time this season that the Huskies will face an unranked opponent. The Illini are 2-4 this season, with three of their losses coming against teams ranked in the current top-10 (#2 Notre Dame, #3 Georgia Tech, #10 William & Mary). Momei Qu, from Portland, Ore., has been the No. 1 singles player lately for the Illini. The Huskies are 4-0 all-time against Illinois.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Juniors Allison Rainey and freshman Joyce Ardies are the only Huskies with more than one dual match singles victories, each sporting a 3-3 record. The pair also lead the Huskies with overall singles wins, each with eight.
  • The doubles duo of Tara Simpson and Melinda Wong are 4-2 in dual meet action and 7-2 overall, both tops for the Huskies. The Huskies sport a 6-12 doubles record in dual meets so far.
  • Simpson leads all current Huskies with a career singles record of 27-22 in dual matches and 46-37 overall record. She played No. 1 singles for the Huskies in their last four matches, the first time in her career she has played No. 1 for the Huskies.
  • Three Huskies hail from the state of Washington (Allison Rainey, Lauren Summers, and Melinda Wong).

    MISSING IN ACTION: The Huskies have battled injuries, sickness and eligibility concerns throughout the early season that has forced Head Coach Jill Hultquist to juggle the lineup on a weekly basis. Newcomer Mathilde Cor has not been in the singles lineup for the past four matches matches while recovering from mono, but is expected back this week in Arizona. Joyce Ardies is battling an injury that has limited her in practice but has not missed any action. Morgan Ramser injured her ankle the very first day of practice and has only competed once for the Huskies this season. Aleksandra Malovic, who was expected to compete for the No. 1 or No. 2 singles spot, has yet to compete this season as her eligibility is cleared up by the NCAA.

    TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Huskies undoubtedly have one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Every one of the Huskies' opponents are ranked in the latest ITA poll except for Gonzaga and Illinois. Washington still must battle four teams ranked in the top-25. All eight Pac-10 teams, excluding UW, are ranked, including No. 1 Stanford.

    HURRICANE KATRINA DELIVERS ARDIES: Husky freshman Joyce Ardies was a member of the Tulane Green Wave tennis team before the devestation of Hurricane Katrina forced the suspension of the tennis program in 2005. Ardies arrived in New Orleans just before Katrina hit the South. She was ushered immediately from the airport to a shelter by her coach, which marked the start of a trying journey. She eventually ended up on the campus of Texas A&M University, but did not participate with the tennis team there. Husky Coach Jill Hultquist ended up hearing about Ardies from Tulane's former coach and welcomed her to the team in the fall. Ardies has played anywhere from No. 5 singles to No. 2 for the Huskies in their first four dual meets.

    SECOND TIME AROUND: Jill Hultquist is in her second season at the helm for the Huskies. The Huskies battled injuries and roster depletions on their way to a 3-17 record in 2006. Hultquist previously served as an assistant coach under Patty McCain at Washington from 1997-2002. She was named the 2001 ITA National Asst. Coach of the Year. Hultquist added Fernando Sanchez to her staff as an assistant this year. Sanchez was a member of VCU's NCAA Championship finalist team in 2000 and obtained a ranking of No. 64 during his career.

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