Dy And Ardies Excel But No. 18 Arkansas Gets The Win

Jan. 29, 2010

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Despite the best efforts of sophomore Denise Dy and senior Joyce Ardies, the 23rd-ranked Washington women's tennis team (2-1) fell on the road today at 18th-ranked Arkansas, 5-2. Ardies and Dy won their No. 1 doubles match and each scored wins in singles.

Today's match was part of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships qualifying rounds. In the other half of the foursome, 19th-ranked Michigan defeated No. 16 South Carolina, 4-3. That sets up a Washington-South Carolina match for Saturday at 8 a.m. Pacific time. Already it's a rematch for the two from their 2009 NCAA Round of 16 match which the Gamecocks won, 4-0.

Washington struggled at second and third doubles to fall into a 1-0 hole. Arkansas took both matches, 8-2, to clinch the point. But Ardies and Dy gave the Huskies some momentum heading into singles play, as the 11th-ranked doubles duo scored an 8-6 in over Anouk Tigu and Claudine Paulson.

Dy, the nation's third-ranked singles player, blitzed Stephanie Roy at the No. 2 singles spot, 6-1, 6-1, to get Washington even. The San Jose, Calif. native is now 15-2 on the year. But Arkansas retook the lead when Paulson topped senior Aleksandra Malovic, 6-2, 7-6 at sixth singles.

Ardies leveled the match at 2-2 with a win at No. 4 singles. She took the first set, 6-4, from Emily Carbone, then after Carbone took the second set, Ardies found another gear and blanked her opponent in the third, 6-0.

Arkansas then pushed to the finish with three straight wins in third sets. At No. 3 singles, Husky junior Lina Xu recovered from an 0-6 first set loss to take her opponent to a third frame, but Kate Lukomskaya eventually won out, 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-4. The Razorbacks clinched at No. 5, where Kelsey Sundaram rallied to top sophomore Samantha Smith, 0-6, 6-4, 6-1.

With the match already decided, Venise Chan was unable to pull through in a lengthy three setter in the top singles match. The 11th-ranked junior fell, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 to Tigu.

Washington Women's Tennis
ITA National Team Indoor Championships Qualifying
January 29, 2010 - Fayetteville, Ark.
Dills Tennis Center

No. 18 Arkansas 5, No. 23 Washington 2

1) (11) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. Tigu/Paulson (ARK), 8-6
2) Lukomskaya/Sundaram (ARK) def. Smith/Chan (UW), 8-2
3) Roy/Starkova (ARK) def. Malovic/Xu (UW), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

1) Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. (11) Venise Chan (UW), 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
2) (3) Denise Dy (UW) def. Stephanie Roy (ARK), 6-1, 6-1
3) Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-4
4) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Emily Carbone (ARK), 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
5) Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) def. Samantha Smith (UW), 0-6, 6-4, 6-1
6) Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 6-2, 7-6
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 4, 3, 5, 1

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