Huskies Knock Off No. 16 South Carolina, 4-3
Jan. 30, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - It was a back-and-forth battle for the 23rd-ranked Washington women's tennis team today, and the Huskies swung things their way in the end to score a huge 4-3 upset over 16th-ranked South Carolina. The win was especially sweet for Washington (3-1), as the Gamecocks knocked UW out of the NCAA tournament last season in the Round of 16.
The match took place at the Dills Tennis Center at the University of Arkansas, and was the consolation match-up for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship qualifying rounds. Five of the six singles matches stretched to the full three sets, with the Huskies coming up with wins in three.
Junior Venise Chan and senior Aleksandra Malovic brought the Dawgs back from 2-3 down with consecutive wins at the top and bottom of the singles order. Chan, ranked 11th nationally, battled back against 38th-ranked Ana Marija Zubori for a 5-7, 7-2, 6-4 win to pull UW even at 3-3. Malovic and Adriana Pereira were then even at 3-all in the third set. Malovic opened up a 5-3 lead, Pereira took the next game, but Malovic was able to close it out for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win to ice the match.
Another critical comeback came from sophomore Samantha Smith at No. 5 singles. One day after losing a one-set lead against Arkansas, Smith went the reverse route, shaking off a first set loss to beat Madeleine Saari-Bystrom, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
The only routine win of the day came courtesy of sophomore Denise Dy, as the third-ranked Husky continues to roll, upping her record to 16-2 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Dijana Stojic at second singles.
'We can't keep making it where we need four singles wins against top teams so we need to find the right combination in doubles,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'But the women came back and fought really hard. This is a really big win for us. Venise was in command in the second and third sets, and Aleks was great to close it out in the end.'
As Hultuist stated, the Huskies came up short in doubles play, but for the second straight day, the 11th-ranked duo of Dy and senior Joyce Ardies cruised at No. 1 doubles. Ardies and Dy defeated Stojic and Zubori, 8-2, but South Carolina proceeded to post 8-3 and 8-5 wins at second and third doubles.
Washington will be back home next week to face Portland on February 5 at 1 p.m., followed by a dual against San Diego State on February 7 at 10 a.m.
Washington Women's Tennis
ITA National Team Indoor Championships Qualifying
January 29, 2010 - Fayetteville, Ark.
Dills Tennis Center
No. 23 Washington 4, No. 16 South Carolina 3
1) (11) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. Stojic/Zubori (SC), 8-2
2) Andersson/Saari-Bystrom (SC) def. Smith/Chan (UW), 8-3
3) Jocic/Morgina (SC) def. Malovic/Xu (UW), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1) (11) Venise Chan (UW) def. (38) Ana Marija Zubori (USC), 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
2) (3) Denise Dy (UW) def. Dijana Stojic (USC), 6-1, 6-3
3) (69) Anya Morgina (USC) def. Lina Xu (UW), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
4) Josefin Andersson (USC) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
5) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Madeleine Saari-Bystrom (USC), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
6) Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Adriana Pereira (USC), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 5, 3, 4, 1, 6