No. 37 Huskies Knock Off No. 34 Cougars, 6-1
March 14, 2008
SEATTLE - Round one goes to the Huskies. The 37th-ranked Washington women's tennis team (10-4) defeated No. 34 Washington State 6-1 today at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in the first of two meetings between the two schools this spring.
Freshman standout Venise Chan, ranked 41st, picked up her fifth win against a ranked opponent, routing 44th-ranked Ekaterina Burduli, 6-1, 6-1 in a match that finished 30 minutes before any other. Chan is now 13-2 in dual play and 19-4 overall.
Senior Tara Simpson was cruising at No. 3 singles, up 6-0 and 5-2, but WSU's Ekaterina Kamendova rallied back to force a tiebreaker. Kamendova then had three set points, but Simpson saved them all and won 8-6 in the breaker to give UW a 3-0 lead. Simpson is now 18-6.
The clinching point was delivered by freshman Kelsey Anonsen, who edged Jessica Gomez, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 6 singles. Sophomore Joyce Ardies was forced to a third set after leading Bianca Selaru, 6-3, 4-2, but Ardies stayed tough and won the final three games to win 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
At No. 2 singles, sophomore Aleksandra Malovic regrouped after a first set loss and eventually upended Aleksandra Stefanova, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Washington State's lone point came at No. 5 singles, where Aleksandra Cekic came back to defeat freshman Vanja Radunovic in a third-set super-tiebreak.
Washington came out aggressively in doubles play and wound up with a sweep for the 1-0 lead. Radunovic and Malovic cruised at third doubles over Selaru and Stefanova, taking a 5-0 lead before WSU got a game, and finishing up 8-1. The point was clinched by Ardies and Simpson, who captured every game against Burduli and Cekic at No. 1 doubles. Moments later, Chan and Anonsen wrapped up an 8-5 victory over Marina Nicolas and Kamendova at No. 2 doubles. The Husky pair fought back from an early 2-4 deficit.
The Huskies will take a week off for finals week before returning to action on Monday, March 24 at Oregon. The Huskies beat the Ducks, 6-1, in Seattle in the first meeting, but the second encounter is the one that counts towards Pac-10 standings.
Washington Women's Tennis
3/14/08 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 37 Washington 6, No. 34 Washington State 1
1. Ardies/Simpson (UW) def. Burduli/Cekic (WSU), 8-0*
2. Chan/Anonsen (UW) def. Marina Nicolas/Kamendova (WSU), 8-5
3. Malovic/Radunovic (UW) def. Selaru/Stefanova (WSU), 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. (41) Venise Chan (UW) def. (44) Ekaterina Burduli (WSU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. (98) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU), 6-0, 7-6 (6)
4. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
5. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) def. Vanja Radunovic (UW), 6-7 (5), 7-5, (10-5)
6. Kelsey Anonsen (UW) def. Jessica Gomez (WSU), 7-5, 6-4*
Order of finish: 1, 3, 6, 4, 2, 5
* Clinching match