Huskies Escape Illinois with First Win of Season

Feb. 25, 2007

Champaign, Ill. - Freshman Joyce Ardies (Sao Paulo, Brazil) ensured the Huskies would have a nice return trip home by winning a three-set battle to clinch a 4-3 win over Illinois on Sunday. Washington (1-7) earned its first win of the season while Illinois dropped to 2-6.

With the match knotted at 3-3, Ardies and Shivani Dave started a third-set battle to determine who would walk off the court victorious. Despite suffering from a muscle strain in her stomach and battling lingering effects from sickness, Ardies broke Dave with the set tied at 4-4 and then served out the match to clinch the win.

'It was a real nail biter for us today,' said Husky Head Coach Jill Hultquist. 'The girls played great and Joyce had to really battle hard. We're real excited to get our first win of the season.'

Washington had the momentum early after winning the doubles point, but Illinois won in the No. 4 and No. 1 singles matches to grab the 2-1 lead.

Morgan Ramser (Granite Bay, Calif.) evened the score for the Huskies at two matches apiece when she earned her first career singles victory (6-4, 3-6, 6-1) in the No 6 singles match.

The Huskies and Illini split the next two matches, with Mathilde Cor (Ugine, France) winning in the No. 2 singles match over Momei Qu, while Melinda Wong (Seattle, Wash.) lost in the third set 6-4 to Kristina Minor at No. 5.

The Huskies return home to open up their Pac-10 Conference slate this upcoming weekend. Washington will face UCLA on Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m. and USC on Saturday, March 3 at 12 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007; Champaign, Ill.
Washington (1-7) at Illinois (2-6)
UW 4, Illinois 3

Doubles
1. Ardies/Cor (UW) def. Fudge/Marable (ILL), 8-4
2. Wong/Simspon (UW) def. Wang/Dave (ILL), 8-2
3. Minor/Qu (ILL) def. Ramser/Rainey (UW), 8-5

Singles
1. Megan Fudge (ILL) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 7-5, 6-4
2. Mathilde Cor (UW) def. Momei Qu (ILL), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3)
3. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Shivani Dave (ILL), 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
4. Bryce Marable (ILL) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 7-6 (4), 7-5
5. Kristina Minor (ILL) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4
6. Morgan Ramser (UW) def. Alejandra Meza Cuadra (ILL), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

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