Huskies Win Second-Straight Pac-10 Match
April 22, 2007
Eugene, Ore. - After going over two years without winning a Pac-10 Conference match, the Husky women's tennis team upset No. 38 Oregon in Eugene on Sunday, just one day after beating Washington State. The Huskies (5-16 overall, 2-6 Pac-10) secured sixth in the standings above seventh-place WSU (14-11, 1-7) and eighth-place Oregon (12-11, 0-8).
Washington came into the weekend losers of 14-straight matches in Conference action, last winning on April 15, 2005 vs. Washington State. The Huskies had beaten the Cougars on March 26, 2006, but that match did not count towards conference records. The Huskies snapped their conference winless streak on Saturday with a 5-2 win over the Cougars in Seattle.
The Ducks entered Sunday's match needing a win to avoid the Pac-10 cellar, but the Huskies grabbed the early momentum and never let up on their way to a 5-2 win.
Washington dropped the first doubles match of the day, but won the next two to win the all-important doubles point. Oregon's Dominika Dieskova and Ana Cecilia Olivos beat the Huskies' Joyce Ardies and Mathilde Cor 8-1 at No. 1 doubles, but the Huskies rebounded with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Aleksandra Malovic and Allison Rainey evened the doubles score by winning at No. 3 before Melinda Wong and Tara Simspon clinched the point with an 8-3 win at No. 2.
Wong and the Huskies continued the momentum into the singles action. The sophomore walk-on from West Seattle extended the Huskies' lead to 2-0 by making quick work of Tina Snodgrass at No. 6. Wong won 6-1, 6-2 to go a perfect 4-0 combined in singles and doubles during the weekend.
Oregon rebounded to tie the score a 2-2 with wins at No. 5 and No. 2 singles. Rainey lost 6-0, 6-2 to Anna Powaska at No. 5, while Malovic fell in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2.
The Huskies took over from there, winning at No. 3 and No. 1 to clinch the match. Simpson won a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Carmen Seremeta at No. 3, followed by Cor's 6-3, 7-6 win over Dieskova to put the Huskies ahead 4-2.
Ardies capped the afternoon with a remarkable victory at No. 4 over Monica Hoz de Vila. Ardies lost the first set 7-6 (7-1) but rebounded to win the next two, also in tiebreakers. Ardies won the second set tiebreaker 7-5 before capping the day in a super tiebreaker, 15-13. The win was Ardies' team-best 16th this season.
Washington will return home to Seattle before traveling to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-10 Conference Championships from April 26-29.
Washington (5-16, 2-6) at No. 38 Oregon (12-11, 0-8)
Washington 5, Oregon 2
1. Dieskova/Olivos (ORE) def. Cor/Ardies (UW), 8-1
2. Wong/Simpson (UW) def. Powaska/Hoz de Vila (ORE), 8-3
3. Rainey/Malovic (UW) def. Seremeta/Snodgrass (ORE), 8-6
1. Mathilde Cor (UW) def. Dominika Dieskova (ORE), 6-3, 7-6 (0)
2. Ana Cecilia Olivos (ORE) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 6-1, 6-2
3. Tara Simpson (UW) def. Carmen Seremeta (ORE), 6-4, 6-2
4. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Monica Hoz de Vila (ORE), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (5), 15-13
5. Anna Powaska (ORE) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 6-0, 6-2
6. Melinda Wong (UW) def. Tina Snodgrass (ORE), 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 6, 5, 2, 3, 1, 4