No. 20 Huskies Come Through Late In 5-2 Win Over SDSU

Feb. 7, 2010

SEATTLE - Samantha Smith stepped up big for the Husky women's tennis team today, coming through with the clinching win over 48th-ranked San Diego State just when it looked like the match could be slipping away. 20th-ranked Washington (5-1) withstood the upset bid and eventually knocked off the Aztecs, 5-2, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Washington held a 3-1 lead but the match was in serious danger as the final three matches were in third sets. Smith trailed Sierra Ellison, 1-3 and then 3-4, in the third set but was able to close out the final three games playing some of her best and hardest-hitting tennis of the day. She finished off her first match point with an overhead to solidify a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win and put UW out of danger up 4-1.

'This was a very good test. We saw that people are going to be gunning for us now. That's part of being in the Top-20,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'They came out and had nothing to lose and they played like it. We had to come up with some gutsy tennis today.'

The Huskies built their lead on the doubles point and a quick 6-0, 6-2 win by senior Aleksandra Malovic at No. 6 singles over Olivia Colman. That would be the only match to come easy the rest of the day for UW.

Third-ranked sophomore Denise Dy rolled in her first set against Julia Wais, 6-2, but had to grind out the second set. Both players struggled holding serve, but Dy finally made her serve stand up in the end to close out the set, 7-5. Dy improves to 17-2 in singles matches this year.

But San Diego State battled back, starting with a win at No. 4 singles where Alicia Aguilera rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over senior Joyce Ardies. The Aztecs then forced third sets in three more singles matches to put the fans on edge before Smith relieved the pressure.

Junior Venise Chan took the first set at No. 1 singles, 6-2, against Julia Trunk, but lost her rhythm in the second set and Trunk took the frame, 6-2. She carried the momentum to a 4-0 third set lead before Chan picked things back up and rallied to tie it at 4-all. The two traded service breaks to reach a tiebreaker, and Trunk stepped up with the final three points to take it 7-5 and hand Chan her second loss of the season.

The final match was junior Lina Xu at the No. 3 spot. After cruising to a 6-0 first set win over Roxanne Ellison, Xu dropped the second set in a tiebreak. Ellison held a 4-3 lead in the third, but much like Samantha Smith, Xu stepped up at match's end to win the final three games and the set, 6-4.

The Huskies started the match off with a doubles point sweep, led by an 8-0 blanking by 11th-ranked Ardies and Dy at No. 1 doubles over the Ellison sisters. Malovic and Xu clinched the point with an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles over Aguilar and Colman. At the No. 2 spot, SDSU's Wais and Trunk came back from 0-5 down to tie the match at 6-6 against Chan and Smith, but the Husky pair won the final two games to clinch an 8-6 win.

The Dawgs have the next week off before returning to the courts on Feb. 20 to host Sacramento State. That match, with a 11 a.m. start time, is billed as 'Denise Dy Bandana Day' and the first 150 fans will get a free Husky bandana which UW's star sophomore always sports.

Washington Women's Tennis
February 7, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 20 Washington 5, No. 48 San Diego State 2

Doubles
1) (11) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. R. Ellison/S. Ellison (SDSU), 8-0
2) Smith/Chan (UW) def. Wais/Trunk (SDSU), 8-6
3) Malovic/Xu (UW) def. Aguilar/Colman (SDSU), 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles
1) Julia Trunk (SDSU) def. (11) Venise Chan (UW), 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5)
2) (3) Denise Dy (UW) def. Julia Wais (SDSU), 6-2, 7-5
3) Lina Xu (UW) def. Roxanne Ellison (SDSU), 6-0, 6-7 (0), 6-4
4) Alicia Aguilar (SDSU) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
5) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Sierra Ellison (SDSU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
6) Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Olivia Colman (SDSU), 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 2, 4, 5, 1, 3

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