Women's Tennis Blanks Michigan State
March 13, 2009
SEATTLE - The Husky women's tennis team ran Michigan State out of the Nordstrom Tennis Center with a 7-0 sweep today. Washington improved to 9-5 on the year and avenged a loss to the Spartans from a year ago.
The Huskies broke a four-match skid in the doubles point with the help of a lineup switch. Junior Joyce Ardies and freshman Denise Dy teamed up at No. 1 and clinched the point with an 8-3 win over Manon Noe and Whitney Wilson. Ardies and Dy won seven games straight after being down 1-3. At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Venise Chan and junior Aleksandra Malovic rolled to an 8-3 win over Stephanie Kebler and Elena Ivanova. Sophomore Aleksandra Krsljanin and freshman Samantha Smith then completed the sweep with an 8-5 win in the third doubles slot.
Moving on to singles play, Dy drilled Manon Noe at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Ranked 59th in singles, Dy improves to 11-3 in dual play. Shortly thereafter, Ardies joined her doubles partner in the win column, defeating MSU's Wilson, 6-2, 6-2 at fifth singles. At 18-6 on the year, Ardies has already surpassed her previous career-best for wins in a season.
Malovic got the clinching point, defeating Ana Milosavljevic, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 singles. This was the second straight clincher for the Husky junior. 21st-ranked Venise Chan then took out Kebler, 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1 singles to put the Dawgs ahead, 5-0.
Washington completed the sweep thanks to hard fought comebacks at third and sixth singles. At No. 3, Smith was having a hard time with Ivanova, trailing 1-6, 1-3, before she found her stroke and won five straight games to take the second set. With UW having clinched, the two played a super-tiebreak for the third set and Smith won out, 10 points to five. A similar story played out at No. 6, where Krsljanin bounced back after losing the first set, 5-7, to Lindsey Lonergan. Krsljanin won the second set without dropping a game, and then also won, 10-5, in the super-tiebreak.
'This match was big for us because even though we were ranked ahead of them, that was how it was last year as well and they got the better of us,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'Our new doubles pairs played well together and we need to carry that forward.'
The Huskies will now crack open the books and prepare for finals week. Their next match will be March 21 at home against Oregon.
Washington Women's Tennis
March 13, 2009 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 36 Washington 7, Michigan State 0
1) Dy/Ardies (UW) def. Noe/Wilson (MSU), 8-3
2) Chan/Malovic (UW) def. Kebler/Ivanova (MSU), 8-3
3) Krsljanin/Smith (UW) def. Milosavljevic/Lonergan (MSU), 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1) (21) Venise Chan (UW) def. Stephanie Kebler (MSU), 6-2, 7-5
2) (59) Denise Dy (UW) def. Manon Noe (MSU), 6-1, 6-0
3) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Elena Ivanova (MSU), 1-6, 6-3, (10-5)
4) Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Ana Milosavljevic (MSU), 6-1, 6-4
5) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Whitney Wilson (MSU), 6-2, 6-2
6) Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW) def. Lindsey Lonergan (MSU), 5-7, 6-0, (10-5)
Order of finish: 2, 5, 4, 1, 3, 6