Huskies Win Dogfight Over Gonzaga, 6-1

March 25, 2007

SEATTLE - The Husky women's tennis team beat Gonzaga 6-1 on Sunday to snap a six-match losing streak and win for the first time at home this season. The Huskies (2-13) swept all three doubles matches and beat Gonzaga (3-13) in five of six singles matches.

'Obviously it feels great to win,' said Husky Head Coach Jill Hultquist. 'It was an important win since we had been on a losing steak and we needed to take a step in the right direction heading into Tuesday's match against Oregon.'

Washington staked claim to the early 1-0 lead after sweeping the doubles matches for the first time this season. The Husky highlight of doubles was an 8-0 win at number three by Allison Rainey (Mercer Island, Wash.) and Lauren Summers (Edmonds, Wash.). It was the duos' first win in eight tries and marked the first win of Summers' Husky career.

The Huskies carried over the momentum to the singles, winning the matches at No. 2, 3, 4, and 5 easily. Rainey was the first off the court for the Huskies beating Carrie Schofield 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5, improving her season record to 10-12.

Tara Simpson (Vancouver, B.C.) followed suit with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Sydney Lederhouse at No. 3. The victory snapped a personal streak of 12-straight singles losses for Simpson.

Melinda Wong (Seattle, Wash.) clinched the match for the Huskies beating Bellevue-native Kendall Bates 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 4 singles spot. The win put an end to Wong's eight-match losing streak and halted a 0-14 record at the No. 4 singles spot.

Joyce Ardies (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the next off the court for Washington, tallying a 6-2, 6-0 win over Aglaya Kokurina. The win was Ardies' third in a row and improved her record to a team-best 13-9 overall, 7-6 in dual matches.

With the Huskies leading 5-0, the Bulldogs tallied their first point of the match with a 6-2, 6-2 by Courtney Lau over Summers in the No. 6 match.

The last match on the courts was a thrilling match at No. 1 between the UW's Mathilde Cor (Ugine, France) and Gonzaga's Emily Anderson. After each winning a set 6-1, the pair thrilled the enthusiastic crowd of about 100 people with a tough-fought final set.

Each held their serve throughout the third set until Cor was able to break through while leading 5-4. On match point, Anderson was forced to play defensively after breaking her strings on her serve. Cor took advantage of the helpless Bulldog and put the point and match away for the Huskies.

Washington takes on Oregon in a non-conference match this Tuesday, March 27 at 12 pm. The match will be held in the Nordstrom Tennis Center and is free to all fans. There is also free parking, thanks to Cingular, and complimentary pizza and soft drinks.

Sunday, March 25, 2007; Seattle, Wash.
Gonzaga (3-13) at Washington (2-13)
UW 6, Gonzaga 1

Doubles
1. Ardies/Cor (UW) def. Anderson/Bates (GONZ), 8-2
2. Wong/Simspon (UW) def. Lederhouse/Erin Humphrey (GONZ), 8-2
3. Summers/Rainey (UW) def. Lau/Schofield (GONZ), 8-0

Singles
1. Mathilde Cor (UW) def. Emily Anderson (GONZ), 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
2. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Aglaya Kokurina (GONZ), 6-2, 6-0
3. Tara Simpson (UW) def. Sydney Lederhouse (GONZ), 6-0, 6-1
4. Melinda Wong (UW) def. Kendall Bates (GONZ), 6-3, 6-4
5. Allison Rainey (UW) def. Carrie Schofield (GONZ), 6-1, 6-1
6. Courtney Lau (GONZ) def. Lauren Summers (UW), 6-2, 6-2

Order of Finish:
Doubles:
3, 1, 2
Singles: 5, 3, 4, 2, 6, 1

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