Huskies Ground Gophers, 5-2, In Minnesota

Feb. 15, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - The 36th-ranked Husky women's tennis team gritted out another road victory this afternoon, fending off 66th-ranked Minnesota, 5-2, at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Washington improves to 6-1 on the season and snapped a four-match win streak for Minnesota (5-3).

Sunday marked the end of a six-match road trip for the Dawgs, who went 5-1 over the last month away from Seattle. That included a 3-1 mark on their opponents' home courts, and 2-0 in neutral site matches. Last season, the UW only had one victory away from the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Washington constructed today's victory with four wins in singles and a tight doubles point win.

In the top two singles matches, 81st-ranked sophomore Venise Chan and 112th-ranked freshman Denise Dy both fought back from first set losses to win by identical 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 scores. Chan beat Minnesota's Karina Chiarelli at No. 1 singles, while Dy beat 115th-ranked Alessandra Ferrazzi at No. 2 in what proved to be the clinching match. Ferrazzi is the fifth ranked player Dy has defeated so far this season. The duo also clinched the doubles point for Washington, beating Chiarelli and Alex Seaton, 9-7, with doubles tied at one win apiece.

Juniors Joyce Ardies and Aleksandra Malovic both won their singles matches for the second straight day. Ardies defeated Jackie Sperling, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 5 singles while Malovic coasted past Seaton, 6-3, 6-1, at sixth singles. The two are both 6-1 in dual singles matches this season. Malovic also teamed with sophomore Lina Xu to post an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles.

'At one point in time we were down in four out of the six matches. Venise and Denise had to dig deep to come back from a first set loss,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'Joyce and Aleks gave us a big lift this weekend. We have a lot of confidence in the bottom of our lineup.'

The Golden Gophers picked up two wins in the middle of the singles lineup. Xu fell at No. 3 singles to Niltooli Wilkins, 6-3, 6-4, and freshman Samantha Smith lost for just the second time at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-4, to Tijana Koprivica.

The Huskies will now get to play their first home matches in over a month, as they host 43rd-ranked Sacramento State and 69th-ranked Rice next weekend. Sacramento State visits on Friday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m., with Rice in town on Sunday, Feb. 22 for a 10 a.m. match.

'We're pleased with where we're at, but next weekend we've got two more very strong teams so we're happy to be playing at home but we know we can't let up,' said Hultquist.

Washington Women's Tennis
2/15/09 - Minneapolis, Minn.
Baseline Tennis Center

No. 36 Washington 5, No. 66 Minnesota 2

Doubles
1. (47) Chan/Dy (UW) def. Chiarelli/Seaton (MINN), 9-7
2. Koprivica/Wilkins (MINN) def. Smith/Ardies (UW), 8-4
3. Malovic/Xu (UW) def. Ferrazzi/Magdalena Wiecha (MINN), 8-4

Singles
1. (81) Venise Chan (UW) def. Karina Chiarelli (MINN), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
2. (112) Denise Dy (UW) def. (115) Alessandra Ferrazzi (MINN), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Niltooli Wilkins (MINN) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-3, 6-4
4. Tijana Koprivica (MINN) def. Samantha Smith (UW), 6-2, 6-4
5. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Jackie Sperling (MINN), 6-3, 6-4
6. Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Alex Seaton (MINN), 6-3, 6-1

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