No. 4 Northwestern Defeats Women's Tennis, 7-0

March 21, 2006

SEATTLE - A depleted UW women's tennis team lost their ninth-straight match today at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, 7-0 to the No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats. The Huskies (1-10) have played four different top-ten teams in just their last seven matches.

The best performance by a Husky on the day came from senior Stephanie Svanfeldt, who came two points away from winning her third straight home singles match. In the fourth singles slot, Svanfeldt won the first set, 6-4, over Jamie Peisel, and was up 2-1 in the second set. Peisel turned the tide at that point, winning the next five games and forcing a third-set super-tiebreak. Peisel led 6-1 in the tiebreak, but Svanfeldt came back and pulled to within a point at 5-6, 7-8, and 8-9, but Peisel won the tiebreak and the match 10-8, on her second match point when Svanfeldt missed an overhead long.

At No. 1 singles, senior Dinka Hadzic lost in straight sets to ninth-ranked Cristelle Grier, 6-3, 6-2. 26th-ranked Wildcat Alexis Prousis upended freshman Victoria Brymer, 6-2, 6-3 at secnod singles, and 36th-ranked Georgia Rose took out sophomore Tara Simpson, 6-1 6-1. At fifth singles, freshman Melinda Wong was defeated by Northwestern senior Feriel Esseghir, 6-0, 6-2.

The Huskies defaulted the number six singles match, as Monika Kolbovic was unable to go after in singles after finishing her doubles match. The Huskies only have seven women on the roster and sophomore Allison Rainey is still out with a stress fracture in her foot.

Washington had won their last doubles point against UCLA, for their second doubles point win of the year, but the Wildcats quickly dispelled any chances of a winning streak in doubles. Peisel and Ghazal shut out Svanfeldt and Wong at No. 3 doubles, 8-0. Following that was an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles by the seventh-ranked team of Grier and Prousis over UW's No. 38 team of Hadzic and Brymer. Northwestern eventually capped off the sweep with a tough 8-6 win at second doubles versus Simpson and Kolbovic.

The Huskies are back to conference play in their next match, a meeting with the Oregon Ducks this Saturday in Eugene. Oregon won the first meeting, a non-conference match, 5-2 in February. The Huskies and Ducks will play at 11 a.m.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. Northwestern
3/21/06 - Los Angeles Tennis Center
No. 4 Northwestern 7, Washington 0

1) (7) Grier/Prousis (NW) def. (38) Hadzic/Brymer (UW), 8-2
2) Rose/Esseghir (NW) def. Simpson/Kolbovic (UW), 8-6
3) Peisel/Ghazal (NW) def. Svanfeldt/Wong (UW), 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

1) (9) Cristelle Grier (NW) def. (98) Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-3, 6-2
2) (26) Alexis Prousis (NW) def. Victoria Brymer (UW), 6-2, 6-3
3) (36) Georgia Rose (NW) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 6-1, 6-1
4) Jamie Peisel (NW) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8)
5) Feriel Esseghir (NW) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 6-0, 6-2
6) Nazlie Ghazal (NW) def. Monika Kolbovic (UW), default
Order of finish: 3, 5, 1, 2, 4

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