Husky Spring Break Plans Feature #6 Northwestern
March 16, 2006
- THIS WEEK: The Husky women's tennis teams plays a rare mid-week match when the sixth-ranked Northwestern Wildcats come calling on Tuesday, March 21. The Wildcats will be the fourth different opponent the Huskies (1-9) have faced this season that is currently ranked in the top-ten of the Fila Rankings. The match is set for 12 noon.
SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN: The No. 6 Wildcats are 8-3 on the season with their last win coming in a 4-3 upset of third-ranked Georgia Tech. Northwestern advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2005 but were upset by 12th-seeded Clemson. A year ago, the Wildcats were headlined by freshman sensation Audra Cohen, who won over 50 matches and reached the NCAA Championships title match. However, Cohen transfered to Miami after her freshman season. Despite losing their star, the Wildcats still bring plenty of talent to Seattle. Senior Cristelle Grier is the eighth-ranked singles player in the nation, and is backed by 16th-ranked junior Alexis Prousis, 33rd-ranked freshman Georgia Rose and 108th-ranked freshman Nazlie Ghazal. Prousis and Grier comprise the fifth-ranked doubles team, while senior Feriel Esseghir appears twice in the doubles rankings, at No. 37 with Rose and at No. 51 with Prousis. Washington trails the all-time series with Northwestern, 1-4.
LIVE VIDEO AND SCORING: Many home matches 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.
LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies made the always difficult trek down to Los Angeles last weekend to face No. 5 USC and No. 16 UCLA. The Trojans proved too talented on this occasion, sweeping the Huskies 7-0. USC won each singles match in straight sets and swept the doubles point. The closest match of the day was at No. 1 doubles, where Dinka Hadzic and Victoria Brymer pushed their match to a tiebreak but still were defeated by the 35th-ranked doubles team of Luana Magnani and Lindsey Nelson. The following day against UCLA, Washington notched its first point of the year in Pac-10 play when Tara Simpson outplayed Alex McGoodwin at No. 3 singles., 6-3, 6-3. All other singles matches went to the Bruins. In doubles play, Washington picked up its first doubles point since the second match of the year against Portland. Hadzic and Brymer upset the 51st-ranked team of McGoodwin and Elizabeth Lumpkin, 8-4 at the top spot. UCLA then defaulted at No. 3 doubles, resulting in the UW point and the final margin of 5-2 in favor of the Bruins.
THE SCHEDULE: As is usually the case, the Huskies faced an extremely difficult schedule when they took to the courts in January. The Huskies enjoyed the luxury of playing their first eight dual matches at home. Non-conference home opponents during that stretch include BYU, Portland, New Mexico, San Diego State and San Diego. Based on the current FilaTeam Rankings, 17 of UW's 18 different opponents are ranked, including nine different top-25 teams. The Huskies have six teams currently in the top-12 teams on their `06 slate: #1 Stanford (7-0 loss), #5 USC (7-0 loss), #6 Northwestern, #9 California (7-0 loss), #11 Texas, and #12 Arizona State. The Huskies only take two trips outside of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to its trip to Southern California, Washington will travel to the state of Texas to face the 11th-ranked University of Texas (April 1) and 19th-ranked TCU (April 2). At Texas, Husky players will face their former coach Patty McCain, while Hultquist will coach against her good friend after coaching side-by-side for five years. McCain left Washington after eight years at the helm of the program following the 2005 season.
UP NEXT: Next weekend, Washington plays a pair of conference rivals, but only one match will count towards Pac-10 standings. That match is Saturday, March 25 against the Oregon Ducks in Eugene. The Huskies return home to face Washington State the following day, March 26 at 12 p.m., in the first of two meetings this season.