Women's Tennis Upsets No. 28 BYU, 4-3
Jan. 26, 2008
SEATTLE - The Washington women's tennis team had its biggest win in more than two years today, upsetting 28th-ranked BYU, 4-3, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The 70th-ranked Huskies (2-1) lost the doubles point but then rolled off four singles wins in a row to clinch the victory.
BYU is the highest-ranked team the Huskies have defeated in nearly three years, since a 4-3 win over 12th-ranked Miami in February 2005.
Freshman Venise Chan clinched the victory at No. 1 singles, upsetting 59th-ranked Anastasia Surkova, 6-4, 6-2. Chan went down a break in the first set before winning four straight games for a 5-3 lead. Surkova then broke back, but Chan broke again to win the set, and she cruised to a 5-1 lead in the second. This is the third ranked opponent the unranked Chan has defeated this season, and the second in her last three matches. She is now 9-2 on the year.
Washington first got on the board via a 6-4, 6-3 win from sophomore Aleksandra Malovic at No. 2 singles over Kristina Doerr in a baseline slugfest. Soon after, UW's two seniors posted wins within seconds of each other to put the Huskies up 3-1. Tara Simpson made few mistakes in downing Elizaveta Ezhova, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 3 singles, and Allison Rainey came up with a big service break in the final game to defeat Elle Carney at No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-4. Rainey had trailed 1-3 in the first set before winning five straight games.
'They were great wins and I told the girls that I'm really proud of them,' said third-year Head Coach Jill Hultquist. 'We lost the doubles point, but they came back out and fought hard. It's been a while since we've had a winning record and their attitude is really good this year and I was proud of the way they all played. We're extremely happy that we have a No. 1 in Venise who is competing well and can beat some ranked players.'
After the Huskies had already clinched, BYU put two more points on the board. Chie Hayasaka defeated sophomore Joyce Ardies, 7-6 (3), 6-3 at No. 4 singles, and Dolly Chang outlasted Husky freshman Vanja Radunovic, 5-7, 6-1 and 10-6 in the super-tiebreak. Radunovic had been down 1-4 in the first set before storming back to win, but struggled from then on.
A tightly contested doubles point went the way of the Cougars, two matches to one. BYU struck first at No. 2 doubles, where Chang and Doerr handed Chan and freshman Kelsey Anonsen their first loss of the year, 8-5. The Huskies took the next match; Malovic and Radunovic breaking Ezhova and Hayasaka at 7-6 to win. That left the point on the rackets of the No. 1 doubles match, where BYU's Surkova and Miccoli held off Ardies and Simpson, 8-5, to clinch the point.
The Huskies will be back in action tomorrow, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m., facing Eastern Washington.
Washington Women's Tennis
1/26/08 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 70 Washington 4, No. 28 BYU 3
1. Surkova/Miccoli (BYU) def. Ardies/Simpson (UW), 8-5*
2. Chang/Doerr (BYU) def. Chan/Anonsen (UW), 8-5
3. Malovic/Radunovic (UW) def. Ezhova/Hayasaka (BYU), 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Venise Chan (UW) def. (59) Anastasia Surkova (BYU), 6-4, 6-2*
2. Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Kristina Doerr (BYU), 6-4, 6-3
3. Tara Simpson (UW) def. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU), 6-0, 6-3
4. Chie Hayasaka (BYU) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 7-6 (3), 6-3
5. Dolly Chang (BYU) def. Vanja Radunovic (UW), 5-7, 6-1, (10-6)
6. Allison Rainey (UW) def. Elle Carney (BYU), 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 6, 1, 4, 5
* Clinching match