UW Travels To Face Ducks, Then Heads Home For Cougars

March 22, 2006

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- THIS WEEK: Taking on their two biggest rivals this weekend, the Husky women's tennis team will be in the unfamiliar underdog role as injuries and a thin roster have led to nine straight defeats. Washington (1-10, 0-4) travels to Eugene to face the No. 37 Oregon Ducks on Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m., then comes home for a Sunday meeting with No. 72 Washington State at 12 p.m. The Oregon match is the only one which will count towards the Pac-10 standings.

SCOUTING OREGON: The No. 37 Ducks are 12-4 but are coming off a 6-1 loss to BYU, who also defeated the Huskies by the same score in the first match of the year. Oregon is 0-2 in Pac-10 play, losing to Arizona and Arizona State thus far. When Washington and Oregon met in Seattle on February 10, the Huskies got a pair of straight set wins from Victoria Brymer and Tara Simpson at second and third singles, but lost in third sets at No. 1, 5, and 6 singles, leading to a 5-2 Oregon win. Dominika Dieskova, a junior from Slovakia, is Oregon's top-ranked singles player at No. 50. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 54-4, however Oregon has won the past two duals.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are 9-8 on the season and ranked 72nd in the current Fila Rankings. The Cougars are 0-4 in Pac-10 play with losses to the same teams as the Huskies. Washington State also lost by a similar 5-2 score in a non-conference match with Oregon earlier in the year. Manning the top spot for Washington State is sophomore Ekaterina Burduli, who ranks 77th in singles. Junior Amy Toth plays second singles while freshman Aleksandra Cekic has played No. 3 as of late. Toth and Maria Ring play No. 1 doubles for Wazzu. The Huskies won both meetings with the Cougars last year by 4-2 and 5-2 scores and lead the all-time series, 42-6.

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: Washington played their only mid-week match of the season on Tuesday, March 21 when the fourth-ranked Wildcats of Northwestern visited the Nordstrom Tennis Center for a spring break dual. Northwestern showed why it belonged in the top-ten, sweeping the Huskies, 7-0. Narrowly missing out on a victory was senior Stephanie Svanfeldt, who won her first set against Jamie Peisel, 6-4, lost the second, 2-6, then fell just short in the third-set super-tiebreak, 10 to 8. The top singles match went to Northwestern's ninth-ranked Cristelle Grier, who defeated Dinka Hadzic, 6-3, 6-2. Washington was forced to default the No. 6 singles match when Monika Kolbovic could not continue after playing doubles, and the Huskies do not have any healthy players remaining to take her place.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is unranked as a team but senior Dinka Hadzic maintains a singles ranking of 98, and Hadzic and Brymer reentered the Fila Doubles Rankings on Tuesday, March 21, earning the No. 38 spot.

UP NEXT: Next weekend the Huskies make what is sure to be an emotional and difficult road trip to face their former Head Coach Patty McCain and her new squad the Texas Longhorns. Last year's NCAA Runner-Up, 15th-ranked Texas hosts Washington on Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. PST. Then on Sunday, April 2, the UW takes on No. 22 TCU also at 10 pacific.

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