Huskies Sweep Aside Portland in 2009 Debut
Jan. 17, 2009
SEATTLE - The Husky women's tennis team started their season with a resounding 7-0 sweep of Portland (0-1) on Saturday night at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The 38th-ranked Huskies (1-0) did not drop a set in their 2009 dual match debut.
'I think it went really well,' said Husky head coach Jill Hultquist. 'Sure we won 7-0, but Portland had some good ball strikers. The girls definitely stepped up to meet their goal of winning this match to open the season.'
After sweeping the doubles point, Washington rolled along in singles play. Junior Aleks Malovic gave the Huskies a 2-0 match advantage with an easy 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles over Spokane's Anna Gullickson. Lina Xu, a sophomore transfer from the University of Jacksonville, increased the Huskies lead with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 over Lacey Pflibsen. Freshman Samantha Smith sealed the Husky victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Olympia-native Stefanie Doolittle. Next off the court for Washington was junior Joyce Ardies, who won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 over Jenna Tanzer.
The Huskies two top players, who are both nationally ranked, were last off the court. First, No. 81-ranked Venise Chan beat Megan Sporndli 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Shortly after, No. 112th-ranked Denise Dy beat Stephanie Fuchs, 6-0, 6-3, to close out the match.
Chan and Dy, the nation's No. 47 ranked doubles team, started the match off with a rout at No. 1, mowing through Sporndli and Fuchs, 8-0. Malovic and Xu quickly followed and clinched the doubles point for the Huskies with an 8-1 win at No. 3 over Gullickson and Doolittle. Ardies and Smith finished off the Pilots with an 8-3 win at No. 2 over Pflibsen and Tanzer.
The Huskies will be back in action on Jan. 24 at BYU, the first leg in a six-match road trip. Washington will return home for a Feb. 20 match against Sacramento State.
Washington Women's Tennis
January 17, 2009 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 38 Washington 7, Portland 0
1) #47 Chan/Dy (UW) def. Sporndli/Fuchs (UP), 8-0
2) Ardies/Smith (UW) def. Pflibsen/Tanzer (UP), 8-3
3) Malovic/Xu (UW) def. Gullickson/Doolittle (UP), 8-1
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1) #81 Venise Chan (UW) def. Megan Sporndli (UP), 6-2, 6-3
2) #112 Denise Dy (UW) def. Stephanie Fuchs (UP), 6-0, 6-3
3) Lina Xu (UW) def. Lacey Pflibsen (UP), 6-1, 6-1
4) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Stefanie Doolittle (UP), 6-0, 6-1
5) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Jenna Tanzer (UP), 6-2, 6-0
6) Aleks Malovic (UW) def. Anna Gullickson (UP), 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2