Huskies Wrap Regular Season With 6-1 Win Over Ducks

April 19, 2009

SEATTLE - Lina Xu and Joyce Ardies each posted 6-0, 6-0 singles wins, leading the 30th-ranked Washington women's tennis team to a dominant 6-1 win over the 64th-ranked Oregon Ducks at the Bill Quillian Courts. Washington wrapped its regular season with a 16-7 record, and went 3-5 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies are all but assured of their second straight NCAA tournament berth.

The 16 victories are the most for Washington since 2004, when the team won 21 times and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Huskies will finish alone in sixth place in the Pac-10 standings, ahead of Arizona, Oregon, and Washington State. Next up for the Dawgs will be the individual Pac-10 Championships, which run Thursday through Sunday, April 23-26, in Ojai, Calif.

Washington avoided any slip up in the season finale today, sweeping doubles play and posting five straight set singles wins before Oregon got its lone point in the final match. Xu and Ardies were the most focused, neither one surrendering a single game. Ardies was first off at fifth singles, shutting out Stephanie Macfarlane, then Xu bageled Madelie Janse van Rensburg to put UW ahead 3-0.

Standout sophomore Venise Chan provided the clincher, consistently breaking Carmen Seremeta's service en route to a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles. With a 27-5 record, Chan is now tied for ninth on the school's single season wins list. She also improved to 20-3 at No. 1 singles this year.

UW's two freshman scored the next two points, with Samantha Smith downing Oregon senior Ana Cecilia Olivos, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles, and 77th-ranked Denise Dy topping Pavlina Smatova at No. 2 singles. Dy served out the first set, 6-4, then won the final five games after trailing 1-2 in the second set to win, 6-2. At sixth singles, junior Aleksandra Malovic played an outstanding first set, winning 6-0, but late in the match her opponent, Trudie du Toit found the range with her forehand and stole the second set, 7-5. Du Toit then won the third set super-tiebreak, 10-4.

'The Ducks have always given us a hard time over the years, but our girls played clean tennis without many unforced errors and we came out 6-1,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'I'm happy with how the regular season went, I think we only had really one bad loss and the rest were to teams ranked ahead of us, which I would have loved to have won those but I'm pretty satisfied with what's happened so far and we're really looking forward to postseason.'

Washington swept the doubles point, improving to 9-1 in the doubles point since switching up the lineup back on March 13. 78th-ranked Chan and Malovic raced to an 8-2 win over Seremeta and du Toit at No. 2 doubles, then Smith and Xu clinched the point with an 8-3 victory over Macfarlane and Claudia Hirt. Lastly, the 36th-ranked tandem of Ardies and Dy knocked off 70th-ranked Olivos and Smatova, 8-5. Ardies and Dy are now 9-1 on the year.

NCAA selections will be made on Tuesday, April 28.

Washington Women's Tennis
April 19, 2009 - Seattle, Wash.
Bill Quillian Courts

No. 30 Washington 6, No. 64 Oregon 1

Doubles
1) (36) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. (70) Olivos/Smatova (UO), 8-5
2) (78) Chan/Malovic (UW) def. Seremeta/du Toit (UO), 8-2
3) Smith/Xu (UW) def. Claudia Hirt/Macfarlane (UO), 8-3
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles
1) (20) Venise Chan (UW) def. Carmen Seremeta (UO), 6-3, 6-3
2) (77) Denise Dy (UW) def. Pavlina Smatova (UO), 6-4, 6-2
3) Lina Xu (UW) def. Madelie Janse van Rensburg (UO), 6-0, 6-0
4) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Ana Cecilia Olivos (UO), 6-1, 6-2
5) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Stephanie Macfarlane (UO), 6-0, 6-0
6) Trudie du Toit (UO) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 0-6, 7-5, (10-4)
Order of finish: 5, 3, 1, 4, 2, 6

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