#3 Stanford Halts Huskies' Win Streak At Eight
Feb. 22, 2008
SEATTLE - The Washington women's tennis team put up an admirable fight against third-ranked Stanford today, but saw its eight-match winning streak come to an end at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Stanford (5-2, 1-0 Pac-10) topped the Huskies (8-2, 0-1 Pac-10) by a 7-0 margin but nearly every match was closely contested.
Freshman Venise Chan had her personal 12-match winning streak halted, but it came down to a third-set super-tiebreak. Chan lost the first set at No. 1 singles to 49th-ranked freshman Hilary Barte, 6-1, but dug her heels into the second set, eventually prevailing in a tiebreak. Stanford had already clinched the win at that point, so the two played a 10-point tiebreaker to decide the match, and Barte won, 10-5.
At No. 2 singles, sophomore Aleksandra Malovic turned in a gritty effort against Lindsay Burdette, and All-American in singles and doubles last season. Burdette was just a little better at the key moments and pulled out a 6-4, 7-5 win.
Senior Tara Simpson suffered her first dual defeat at the hands of ninth-ranked Jessica Nguyen at No. 3 singles. Nguyen led 6-2, 5-2, before Simpson fought back to even the second set at 5-5. Nguyen earned another service break, however, and wrapped up the match in the next game.
Another tough defeat came at fourth singles, where sophomore Joyce Ardies rebounded from a first set loss to win the second set, 6-2, against 45th-ranked Whitney Deason. But the Cardinal senior turned the tide again in the third set, wrapping up a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win. Freshmen Vanja Radunovic and Kelsey Anonsen were both defeated in straight sets at fifth and sixth singles, respectively.
Stanford jumped out in front by taking the doubles point, winning each of the three matches. However, after losing the No. 3 doubles match, 8-3, Washington made things interesting at the top two spots. Joyce Ardies and Tara Simpson held a 5-4 lead in the No. 1 spot, but Barte and Burdette rallied back to win 8-5. At No. 2 doubles, Chan and Anonsen went up 4-2, but Stanford's Deason and Nguyen also stormed back, winning the final six games for the 8-4 victory.
Things don't get any easier for the Huskies as they host 11th-ranked Cal tomorrow at 12 noon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Despite the lower ranking, the Golden Bears knocked off the Cardinal, 6-1, this past Wednesday, so UW will have its hands full again.
Washington Women's Tennis
2/22/08 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 3 Stanford 7, No. 43 Washington 0
1. Barte/Burdette (Stan) def. Ardies/Simpson (UW), 8-5*
2. (27) Deason/Nguyen (Stan) def. Chan/Anonsen (UW), 8-4
3. Lejla Hodzic/McVeigh (Stan) def. Malovic/Radunovic (UW), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. (49) Hilary Barte (Stan) def. Venise Chan (UW), 6-1, 6-7 (5), (10-5)
2. Lindsay Burdette (Stan) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 6-4, 7-5
3. (9) Jessica Nguyen (Stan) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 6-2, 7-5*
4. (45) Whitney Deason (Stan) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
5. (31) Carolyn McVeigh (Stan) def. Vanja Radunovic (UW), 6-0, 6-1
6. Jennifer Yen (Stan) def. Kelsey Anonsen (UW), 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 6, 3, 2, 1, 4
* Clinching match