Huskies Overpower Owls, 7-0

Feb. 22, 2009

SEATTLE - Washington's women's tennis team swept aside 75th-ranked Rice today at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, setting itself up well for Pac-10 play which begins next weekend. The 34th-ranked Huskies (7-2) won every set in singles and doubles against the Owls (8-4).

At No. 2 singles, freshman Denise Dy's match was over in the blink of an eye, as she raced by Ana Guzman, 6-1, 6-1. Dy, ranked 61st as just a freshman, improves to 8-1 at No. 2 singles. Next to finish was Dy's doubles partner, sophomore Venise Chan, who also improved to 8-1 in singles with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Julie Chao.

Freshman Samantha Smith picked up the clinching victory, defeating Rebecca Lin, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4 singles. At third singles, sophomore Lina Xu stepped up to win the final two games and prevent Jessica Jackson from extending the match. Xu won by a 6-2, 7-5 count. The wins for Smith and Xu were both doubly satisfying as they snapped brief losing streaks.

Junior Joyce Ardies opened up a 6-0, 5-0 lead at No. 5 singles, before Rice's Varsha Shiva-Shankar rallied back to within 5-3, but Ardies put a stop to the run there, and took the next game for her 16th win of the year, which already ties her previous season-best. The last match was junior Aleksandra Malovic against Alex Raisch at No. 6. Malovic powered her way to a 6-1 first set win, but Raisch pushed the second set to five games apiece before Malovic rallied to win, 7-5.

'I liked the way we bounced back and really dominated singles play today,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'There were a couple close moments but for the most part everyone played really solid and that was important for us coming off a loss to not put ourselves in a position to think about it again. Sam clinched it for us which was great. She committed a little more to her shots today and it paid off for her.'

The Huskies rebounded from a doubles point loss on Friday by sweeping doubles play against the Owls. 28th-ranked Chan and Dy won four of the final five games to defeat Chao and Guzman, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles. The pair has rolled to an 8-1 record at No. 1 doubles and is 14-2 overall.

At No. 3 doubles, Malovic and Xu pieced together an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles to clinch the point over Lin and Rasch. Ardies and Smith concluded the doubles portion of the match with another 8-5 win at second doubles over Rice's Jackson and Shiva-Shankar.

Washington fans were treated to a familiar face today, as former Husky Kristina Kraszewski was back in the Nordstrom as an assistant coach with the Owls. Kraszewski, now Kristina Babcock, is in her third season at Rice. She is UW's career singles wins leader, and was ranked No. 1 in the nation for a time. Kraszewski was UW's first All-American, winning three such honors, and led UW to its first NCAA Quarterfinals appearance in 2001.

'It's always nice to see alumni continuing on in the game and getting into the coaching ranks,' said Hultquist, who coached Kraszewski as an assistant. 'She's married now and matured and I think our team took an interest in seeing someone who really helped build the program.'

Washington now heads back out on the road where it has spent the majority of its season. The UW will visit the Bay Area for Pac-10 matches at California and Stanford. The Huskies will face the 3rd-ranked Golden Bears on Friday, Feb. 27 at 12 p.m., then challenge No. 11 Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m.

Washington Women's Tennis
February 22, 2009 - Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 34 Washington 7, No. 75 Rice 0

1) (28) Chan/Dy (UW) def. Chao/Guzman (Rice), 8-5
2) Ardies/Smith (UW) def. Jackson/Shiva-Shankar (Rice), 8-5
3) Malovic/Xu (UW) def. Lin/Rasch (Rice), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1) (53) Venise Chan (UW) def. Julie Chao (Rice), 6-3, 6-1
2) (61) Denise Dy (UW) def. Ana Guzman (Rice), 6-1, 6-1
3) Lina Xu (UW) def. Jessica Jackson (Rice), 6-2, 7-5
4) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Rebecca Lin (Rice), 6-3, 6-2
5) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Varsha Shiva-Shankar (Rice), 6-0, 6-3
6) Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Alex Rasch (Rice), 6-1, 7-5
Order of finish: 2, 1, 4, 3, 5, 6

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