Huskies Sharp In Sweep Of Rainbow Wahine

March 25, 2009

MANOA, Hawai'i - The Husky women's tennis team was on top of its game this afternoon against a talented Hawai'i team, sweeping the Rainbow Wahine, 7-0, at the UH Tennis Complex in the second of three matches the Huskies are playing on the island of Oahu.

After opening their spring break trip with a 6-1 win over Cal Poly on Tuesday afternoon, the Huskies (11-5) came back this afternoon and beat a Hawai'i team that only just today added a new player to the top of its singles lineup. Ellen Lisenbolz just became eligible for the Rainbow Wahine and stepped in at No. 2 singles, but was handed her first defeat by UW's Denise Dy, 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the day's closest match.

Every match went Washington's way in straight sets, with sophomore Venise Chan dominating UH's top player, Sophie Kobuch, 6-0, 6-0. Kobuch was ranked throughout the 2008 season but was unable to make any impression against Chan playing on top of her game. Chan, ranked 27th, is now 20-5 in singles play, reaching the 20-win mark for the second time in her career.

At No. 4 singles, junior Joyce Ardies had to face off against former teammate Melinda Wong, who lettered each of the past three seasons for UW before transferring to Hawai'i for her final season. Ardies won the reunion, 6-2, 6-4.

Freshman Samantha Smith had an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win at third singles over Anja-Vanessa Peter. Junior Aleksandra Malovic kept Aglae Van den Bergh from forcing a third set at No. 5 singles, winning 6-0, 7-5. In the No. 6 singles match, sophomore Aleksandra Krsljanin improved to 3-0 in dual play this year with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Alyssa Nafarrete.

Washington swept the doubles point, improving to 3-0 in doubles since shuffling the lineup around. Ardies and Dy won their third straight at No. 1 doubles, defeating Kobuch and Lisenbolz, 8-4. Chan and Malovic were 8-5 victors over Nafarrete and Wong, and Smith and sophomore Lina Xu scored an 8-2 win over Peter and Van den Bergh.

'We came out with a lot more intensity today,' said assistant coach Damon Coupe. 'It was just an overall good match. Hawaii is definitely a much better team than last season. Their number two girl is very good, she just became eligible for her first match today. We knew it was going to be tough and but our girls were mentally tough on a very hot day.'

Washington will have an off day on Thursday, before concluding their trip with a major test against 32nd-ranked Illinois.

Washington Women's Tennis
3/25/09 - Manoa, Hawai'i
UH Tennis Complex

No. 36 Washington 7, Hawai'i 0

Doubles
1. Ardies/Dy (UW) def. Kobuch/Lisenbolz (UH), 8-4
2. Chan/Malovic (UW) def. Nafarrete/Wong (UH), 8-5
3. Xu/Smith (UW) def. Peter/Van den Bergh (UH), 8-2

Singles
1. (27) Venise Chan (UW) def. Sophie Kobuch (UH), 6-0, 6-0
2. (69) Denise Dy (UW) def. Ellen Lisenbolz (UH), 7-6 (7), 6-4
3. Samantha Smith (UW) def. Anja-Vanessa Peter (UH), 6-1, 6-2
4. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Melinda Wong (UH), 6-2, 6-4
5. Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Aglae Van den Bergh (UH), 6-0, 7-5
6. Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW) def. Alyssa Nafarrete (UH), 6-4, 6-3

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