Simpson Victorious in 5-2 Loss to South Alabama

April 14, 2006

SEATTLE - The Husky women's tennis team suffered a 5-2 defeat tonight to the South Alabama Jaguars at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Washington (2-16) seemed to lose momentum after losing a doubles point that they had all but wrapped up. Sophomore Tara Simpson picked up her team-high 13th singles win of the year for UW in the loss.

The Huskies have had some tough losses this year, but perhaps none stung as much as this evening's doubles point, which Washington looked in perfect position to win only to have it slip away to the Jaguars. South Alabama got the first win, pulling out No. 3 doubles, 8-6, but the Huskies held the upper hand at first and second doubles. UW's Dinka Hadzic and Victoria Brymer closed out an 8-5 win at the top doubles spot over Adrianna Solarova and Klara Jarova. However, things unraveled at No. 2 doubles, where Simpson and Stephanie Svanfeldt had taken a 7-2 lead. They could not scratch out another game, and the Jaguar duo of Sylvanie Spangenberg and Maria Zivcicova took seven games in a row, winning 9-7 and leaving a disappointed Husky squad down 1-0.

South Alabama extended their lead with singles wins at No. 4 and No. 1. Michaela Babicova downed Svanfeldt, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4, then 91st-ranked Solarova took out Hadzic, 7-5, 6-2 with an impressive array of baseline winners.

Simpson got the Huskies on the board with a calm and cool, 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles over Zivcicova. Simpson improves to 7-11 in dual singles play, and 13-14 overall.

The clinching match came at sixth singles, where Spangenberg bounced back from a 6-2 first set loss to sophomore Allison Rainey to win the next two sets, 6-0 and 6-4. South Alabama also pulled away at fifth singles, with Dijana Stanic earning a 7-5, 6-1 win over freshman Melinda Wong.

Brymer played a very vocal match versus Jelena Krivacevic at No. 2 singles to close out the action. Brymer wore her emotions on her sleeve in an up-and-down performance that saw her surrender a first set lead to lose in a tiebreak, hold off another Krivacevic comeback in the second set to force a third-set super-tiebreak, then run away with the breaker, 10-1. The win is Brymer's second of the year in the No. 2 spot.

Sunday afternoon, Washington closes out its home season with a 12 p.m. match against Sacramento State. Weather will dictate whether the match is played indoors (Nordstrom Tennis Center) or out (Bill Quillian Stadium).

Washington Women's Tennis vs. South Alabama
4/14/06 - Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
No. 61 South Alabama 5, Washington 2

Doubles
1) Hadzic/Brymer (UW) def. Solarova/Jarova (SA), 8-5
2) Spangenberg/Zivcicova (SA) def. Simpson/Svanfeldt (UW), 9-7
3) Stanic/Babicova (SA) def. Wong/Rainey (UW), 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles
1) (91) Adrianna Solarova (SA) def. Dinka Hadzic (UW), 7-5, 6-2
2) Victoria Brymer (UW) def. Jelena Krivacevic (SA), 6-7 (1), 6-4, (10-1)
3) Tara Simpson (UW) def. Maria Zivcicova (SA), 6-4, 6-3
4) Michaela Babicova (SA) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 6-1, 6-2
5) Dijana Stanic (SA) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 7-5, 6-1
6) Sylvanie Spangenberg (SA) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 2-6, 6-0, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 1, 3, 6, 5, 2

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