Huskies Return Home for Pair of Pac-10 Matches

Feb. 28, 2007

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    THIS WEEK: After playing six of its last eight matches on the road, the Washington women's tennis team (1-7, 0-2 Pac-10) start a March schedule that will see them at home for six of nine matches. First up for the Huskies are No. 15 UCLA on Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m., followed by No. 8 USC on Saturday, March 3 at 12 p.m. at Nordstrom Tennis Center.

    CAN'T BEAT FREE: Admission to all tennis matches is free. Thanks to Cingular, there is also free parking for tennis fans (see lower-left box for more info). In addition, complimentary pizza and soft drinks will be served in between the doubles and singles matches. Fans that are unable to attend the home matches can follow along from home with live scoring and live video -- once again for free!

    LAST WEEK: The Huskies picked up their first win of the 2007 season with a 4-3 victory at Illinois. With the match tied a 3-3, Joyce Ardies won in the No. 3 singles spot to clinch the Huskies first road win since April 9, 2005 at Arizona State. The Huskies also were swept by Purdue.

    SCOUTING UCLA: The No. 15 UCLA Bruins come to Seattle with a 6-4 record. Their four losses have come to No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 Northwestern, No. 7 California, and No. 13 Clemson. Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster's squad has three ranked singles players. Junior Riza Zalameda is the highest-ranked Bruin, checking in at No. 43. She is followed by freshman Yasmin Schnack at No. 62 and Tracy Lin at No. 67. In doubles, Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore are ranked No. 48. Although UCLA has already played Stanford and California, this weekends matches at Washington and Washington State are considered their first Pac-10 Conference matches of the season. Sampras Webster is the older sister of retired tennis great Pete Sampras. Washington is 2-15 all-time against the Bruins, with the Huskies last beating UCLA in 2003.

    SCOUTING USC: USC (6-2) began the season ranked No. 3 in the nation, but has moved to No. 8 in the latest ITA national rankings. USC's pair of losses came at the hands of No. 1 Stanford and No. 7 California. The Trojans are blessed to have five players ranked nationally in singles. Freshman Sarah Fansler sits at No. 12, followed by No. 20 Lindsey Nelson, No. 48 Anca Anastasiu, No. 77 Dianne Matias and No. 89 Amanda Fink. In doubles, Fansler/Matias are No. 24, ahead of No. 25 Matias/Nelson, No. 30 Anastasiu/Smekodub and No. 31 DeVera/Fink. USC is 13-1 all-time against the Huskies, having won 7-0 last season at home. Washington's lone win came in a 6-1 decision in 2003 in Seattle.

    FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Freshman Joyce Ardies is the only Huskies with a better than .500 record in singles this season. She is 9-6 overall and has a team best 4-4 record in dual matches.
  • The doubles duo of Tara Simpson and Melinda Wong are 5-3 in dual meet action and 8-3 overall, both tops for the Huskies. The Huskies sport a 8-16 doubles record in dual meets so far.
  • Washington is a 0-8 in the No. 1 and No. 4 singles slots in dual matches.
  • The Huskies are 7-10 in three-set matches this season. They also have a 7-4 record in sets that are decided by tie breakers.
  • Simpson leads all current Huskies with a career singles record of 27-24 in dual matches and 46-39 overall record. She played No. 1 singles for the Huskies in their last six matches.
  • Morgan Ramser made her singles debut at Purdue and Illinois this past week and went 1-1.
  • Three Huskies hail from the state of Washington (Allison Rainey, Lauren Summers, and Melinda Wong).
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