UW Ends Homestand With Duals Against San Diego State, San Diego
Feb. 28, 2006
- THIS WEEK: The No. 38 Husky women's tennis team takes a short break from conference play to host a pair of San Diego schools this weekend in the final two matches of their eight-match opening homestand. Washington (1-5, 0-2) hosts No. 54 San Diego State on Saturday, March 4 at 12 p.m., then faces No. 62 San Diego on Sunday, March 5 at 11 a.m., both at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
LIVE VIDEO AND SCORING: Many home matches, including the two this weekend will be streamed live on gohuskies.com as well as archived on the site. Fans who wish to watch must be premium subscribers to The Dawg Channel All-Access. For more information visit gohuskies.com. Live scoring is also available on gohuskies.com.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE: The 54th-ranked Aztecs of San Diego State are 4-4 on the season after snapping a three-match losing streak with a 4-3 win over UC Irvine in their last match. The Aztecs have played two Pac-10 teams already, losing 7-0 to Cal and USC. San Diego State is 0-3 in road matches so far. The Aztecs are without any ranked players but senior Dita Hauerlandova is a solid No. 1 singles player. In 2005, San Diego State went 16-11 and 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference for a fourth place finish. The Aztecs lost to Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA Championships. Washington leads the all-time series with SDSU, 5-4.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: The University of San Diego Toreros are ranked 62nd with a 3-3 record. They lost their last match, 5-2, at the hands of 28th-ranked Pepperdine. The Toreros are led by senior Emma Murphy, who currently ranks 100 in the Fila Rankings. Murphy was named the 2005 and 2004 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships last year. One year ago, San Diego went 9-11 and lost in the finals of the WCC Championships to Pepeprdine. Against other Pac-10 opponents this season, USD is 0-1 with the loss coming via a 7-0 sweep to USC. All-time, San Diego leads the series against the Huskies, 12-7.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: In the latest Fila Rankings released February 28, the Huskies sit 38th. Senior Dinka Hadzic who is tied for the team lead in singles wins with eight, is No. 80 in the current rankings. Hadzic and freshman Victoria Brymer come in at No. 29 in the doubles rankings.
LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies knew they were in for a difficult weekend with two top-ten teams visiting last weekend in No. 9 California and top-ranked Stanford, and Washington was unable to spring an upset, losing both matches 7-0. In Friday's match against Cal, Dinka Hadzic and Victoria Brymer posted the only win of the day for UW at No. 1 doubles, where they outlasted Cal's 39th-ranked Zsuzsanna Fodor and Suzi Babos in a tiebreaker. In singles play, after dropping the first set, 6-0, to the third-ranked Fodor, Hadzic raised her game in the second set. The two were tied at 5-5 but Fodor would win the final two games to seal the victory. Stephanie Svanfeldt scored the only singles set win, taking her first set with No. 70 Cristina Visico, 6-3, but losing the next two by 6-2 scores. On Saturday, top-ranked Stanford extended their winning streak to 67-straight matches in a match they controlled from the get-go. The Cardinal swept the doubles point and overwhelmed the Huskies in the first sets in singles play. Washington picked it up in most of the second sets, highlighted by Tara Simpson going toe-to-toe with 11th-ranked Theresa Logar at No. 3 singles. Simpson and Logar were even at 4-4 in the second set, and Simpson had points to take it to 5-5, but Logar would end the day's play by taking it 6-4.
UP NEXT: The Huskies take their first road trip of the dual season as they head to Los Angeles for a pair of very tough Pac-10 matches. Friday, March 10, the Huskies and second-ranked USC square off at 1:30. The next day, March 11, UW and No. 12 UCLA will meet up at 12 p.m.