Women's Tennis Scores 6-1 Win Over Cougars in Regular Season Finale
April 16, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - The regular season ended on a high note for Washington's eighth-ranked women's tennis team, as they hammered Washington State 6-1 Friday afternoon. The Huskies (18-3, 5-3 Pac-10) won the doubles point and five of six singles matches to beat the No. 66 Cougars (5-15, 1-7) for the second time this season. The women needed a successful finale to strengthen their chances of hosting an NCAA Regional, which are scheduled for May 7-8.
Washington took the early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point for the first time since March. The women had lost six straight doubles points before taking two of three from the Cougars. The fourth-ranked duo of senior Claire Carter and junior Dea Sumantri easily defeated WSU's Martinez and Sallai, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles. Senior Erin Hoe and sophomore Dinka Hadzic clinched the point with a 9-7 win at No. 2 doubles.
Singles play was dominated by the Dawgs, as they won five of the six matches in straight sets. The 20th-ranked Sumantri (Jakarta, Indonesia) put away Lorena Arias, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 singles, improving to 18-4 in dual play. Three-time All-American Claire Carter (Nottingham, England), ranked 29th, prevailed over Orsi Sallai 6-1, 7-5 at second singles. 53rd-ranked Erin Hoe's senior season maintained its momentum as she defeated Nora Gaal at No. 3 singles for her team-leading 27th win of the season. Hoe (Mililani, Hawaii) has won five matches in a row and an amazing 16 of her last 17.
Dinka Hadzic (Split, Croatia) had the easiest run for Washington, losing only four games in her straight-set win over WSU's Chris Martinez at fourth singles. Sophomore Stephanie Svanfeldt (Belvedere, Calif.) continues to blossom for the Huskies as she picked up the fifth win of her career, 7-5, 6-3, over Nelly Dvornicka at No. 6 singles. Washington State's only point came at fifth singles where freshman Saskia Nauenberg (Santa Cruz, Calif.) fell in a pair of close sets to Amy Toth.
The women gear up for postseason play next week as their top singles and doubles competitors vie for the individual Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, California. The tournament runs from Thursday through Sunday, April 22-25 with play going throughout the day.
Washington Women's Tennis vs. Washington State
April 16, 2004 - Pullman, Wash.
No. 8 Washington 6, No. 66 Washington State 1
1. (4) Carter/Sumantri (UW) def. Martinez/Sallai (WSU) 8-2
2. Hadzic/Hoe (UW) def. Arias/Fodor (WSU) 9-7
3. Gaal/Toth (WSU) def. Ahn/Kolbovic (UW) 8-3
1. (20) Dea Sumantri (UW) def. Lorena Arias (WSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. (29) Claire Carter (UW) def. Orsi Sallai (WSU) 6-1, 7-5
3. (53) Erin Hoe (UW) def. Nora Gaal (WSU) 7-5, 6-2
4. Dinka Hadzic (UW) def. Chris Martinez (WSU) 6-0, 6-4
5. Amy Toth (WSU) def. Saskia Nauenberg (UW) 6-4, 6-4
6. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW) def. Nelly Dvornicka (WSU) 7-5, 6-3