Huskies Score Upset In Doubles But Fall To Bruins, 5-2
April 3, 2009
SEATTLE - Despite several major upset wins, including a No. 1 doubles win over the nation's second-ranked duo, the Husky women's tennis team came up short against 12th-ranked UCLA today. The Huskies (12-6, 1-4 Pac-10) won the doubles point against the Bruins (14-5, 2-3) but only sophomore Venise Chan came out on top in singles play.
The Huskies played brilliantly in doubles to steal the opening point. With doubles tied at one win apiece, freshman Denise Dy and junior Joyce Ardies toppled the nation's second-ranked team of Andrea Remynse and Yasmin Schnack to clinch the point. Tied at 6-6, the Huskies broke the Bruins' serve, and then Dy served things out with ease in the next game. Ardies and Dy had only played four matches together prior to their huge win today, and are now 5-0 and displaying fantastic court chemistry.
The upset would not have meant as much, however, had not Venise Chan and Aleksandra Malovic pulled off an upset of their own at No. 2 doubles. Going up against the 30th-ranked team of Stephanie Wetmore and Carling Seguso, the Huskies had two match points, serving up 7-4 and 40-15, but the Bruins saved both, and wound up taking the game and holding serve to make it 7-6. With Malovic serving, UW went up 40-15 again and closed it out this time for an 8-6 win.
'Joyce and Denise played unbelievably well,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'We've been really pleased with how they have progressed, and hopefully it's not too late in the season to get them in the rankings and potentially into NCAA's.'
UCLA got on the board in the day's only one-sided match in singles play, as 90th-ranked Maya Johansson defeated freshman Samantha Smith, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
The Huskies regained the lead when Chan finished off 16th-ranked Yasmin Schnack at No. 1 singles. Chan, ranked 24th, took the first set, 6-3, but Schnack hung around in the second set and forced a tiebreak. The breaker would be no contest, as Chan raced to seven straight points to finish off the 6-3, 7-6 win. Chan now has a career-high 22 singles wins against just five defeats and she is 15-3 at No. 1 singles. She also now has four wins over women currently ranked in the Top-20.
The Bruins tied things up again when Nina Pantic beat sophomore Lina Xu, 7-6 (4), 6-1. They then pulled into the lead for the first time with a win at No. 5 singles, as Ashley Joelson outlasted Ardies 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
At No. 2 singles, Dy had four consecutive set points in a first set tiebreak against 45th-ranked Remynse, but the Bruin would not relent, and won six straight points to pull out the tiebreak, 8-6. From there, Remynse took control of the second set, and eventually won, 6-1, to clinch the match for UCLA. Moments later, UCLA survived another three-setter, as Seguso held off Malovic at sixth singles, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Washington will be tested once again tomorrow as the 7th-ranked USC Trojans pull into town for a 12 p.m. dual match.
Washington Women's Tennis
April 3, 2009 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 12 UCLA 5, No. 31 Washington 2
1. Ardies/Dy (UW) def. (2) Schnack/Remynse (UCLA), 8-6
2. Chan/Malovic (UW) def. (30) Wetmore/Seguso (UCLA), 8-6
3. Joelson/Johansson (UCLA) def. Xu/Smith (UW), 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. (24) Venise Chan (UW) def. (16) Yasmin Schnack (UCLA), 6-3, 7-6 (0)
2. (45) Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. (78) Denise Dy (UW), 7-6 (6), 6-1
3. (90) Maya Johansson (UCLA) def. Samantha Smith (UW), 6-1, 6-0
4. Nina Pantic (UCLA) def. Lina Xu (UW), 7-6 (4), 6-1
5. Ashley Joelson (UCLA) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
6. Carling Seguso (UCLA) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 1, 4, 5, 2, 6