Huskies Continue Homestand With Three Matches

Jan. 29, 2008

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THIS WEEK: Off to its best start in three years, the Washington women's tennis team will play three matches in three days this weekend, as part of a 10-match homestand. The Huskies (3-1) carry a three-match win streak into a match-up with Portland on Friday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. The next day, Feb. 2, looms large as No. 46 San Diego State visits Seattle for a 12 p.m. dual. Then Sunday, Feb. 3, UW hosts Gonzaga at 11 a.m. The Huskies jumped 15 spots in today's new ITA Rankings up to a season-high No. 55.

SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Pilots of Portland are off to a 1-2 start, winning their opener against Linfield but losing a 4-3 decision to San Francisco and falling, 6-1, to Northern Arizona this past Sunday. Anna Gullickson is off to the best start on the team with a 3-0 record at No. 3 singles. Megan Sporndli has played No. 1 singles in all three matches. Last season Portland finished 11-12 and was seventh in the West Coast Conference tournament. Last season the Huskies beat the Pilots, 6-1, in Seattle, sweeping the doubles point and winning the top five singles matches in straight sets. Washington is 17-0 all-time against Portland. Susie Campbell-Gross coaches the Pilots for the 14th season.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs opened their 2008 dual season with a double-header sweep over UC Riverside, 6-1, and Cal State Fullerton, 7-0. San Diego State is ranked 46th while freshman Julia Trunk ranks 61st in singles and had two wins over top-40 players in the fall. Trunk rotated with junior Holly Bagshaw at the top two singles spots during the double-header. SDSU finished the 2007 dual-match campaign with a 14-12 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs made their 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament and acheived a final ITA ranking of No. 49. The Huskies and Aztecs should be familiar with each other, after UW participated in the SDSU Fall Classic #2 last November. During the tournament, Venise Chan had a 6-0, 6-0 win over Eliska Krausova, then lost in three sets to Bagshaw while suffering from illness. Aleksandra Malovic had a win over SDSU's Sisse Nielsen, and Joyce Ardies and Tara Simpson defeated Bagshaw and Krausova for the doubles title. UW will look for some revenge after being swept in San Diego last season, although Tara Simpson and Allison Rainey both lost in third-set super-tiebreakers. The Aztecs hold a 6-5 lead in the all-time series.

SCOUTING GONZAGA: The Bulldogs have yet to play a match, and will take on San Diego State and Linfield College in neutral site matches, Friday and Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center before playing the Huskies on Sunday. Gonzaga struggled to a 4-18 record last season, losing their final match to Portland to finish eighth in the West Coast Conference. Senior Emily Anderson figures to return to the No. 1 singles spot for the Zags, where she went 7-14 in dual matches last year and earned All-WCC honorable mention. Last season the Huskies topped Gonzaga, 6-1, in Seattle, sweeping doubles and winning the Nos. 1-5 singles matches. UW is 2-0 all-time vs. the Builldogs.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies registered their biggest win in nearly three years last weekend, upsetting 28th-ranked BYU, 4-3, on Saturday at the Nordstrom. It was the highest opponent the Huskies have defeated since a 4-3 win over 12th-ranked Miami at the 2005 ITA National Team Indoors. UW had to overcome the loss of the doubles point, despite a win at No. 3 from Aleskandra Malovic and Vanja Radunovic in their first match together. But the Huskies indeed came back with four-straight singles wins, starting with Malovic at No. 2 singles where she defeated Kristina Doerr, 6-4, 6-3. Tara Simpson won next at No. 3 singles, and Allison Rainey earned a 6-3, 6-4 win at sixth singles. The clinching point came from Venise Chan, who upset 59th-ranked Anastasia Surkova, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. BYU pulled out the two remaining singles matches after the Huskies had clinched. Washington carried the momentum into Sunday, posting an easy sweep of Eastern Washington. No singles set went past 6-3, and freshman Kelsey Anonsen won in her first collegiate singles match, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.

FOLLOW ALONG LIVE: Much the same as in years past, GoHuskies.com will provide live video and live scoring updates for those Husky fans unable to make the trip to the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The video streams will focus on the No. 1 singles match and also cover the No. 3 singles match when possible. Links to streaming video can be found by going to the women's tennis schedule on GoHuskies.com, and clicking on that day's match.

UP NEXT: The Huskies have a week off before returning to the courts on Saturday, Feb. 16 to play No. 49 Purdue at 12 p.m. Although it is a home match, the location will be the Mercer Island Country Club, as the Nordstrom that weekend will be hosting the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships. Washington will also play Illinois at the Mercer Island CC on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 12 p.m.

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