Huskies Complete Weekend Sweep In San Diego

April 11, 2009

SAN DIEGO - After being tested early in the match, the Washington women's tennis team pulled away from the host San Diego Toreros and are headed home with a 6-1 win in hand. With the win, the Huskies improve to 14-7 on the year and have now defeated nine ranked opponents.

After sweeping 42nd-ranked San Diego State on Friday, the Huskies had to be back on the courts bright and early this morning for the 10 a.m. match start time. Doubles play went UW's way, with wins at the first and third positions. At No. 1, junior Joyce Ardies and freshman Denise Dy continue to cruise, as they defeated Juliette Coupez and Milou Teeling, 8-2. In the third spot, sophomore Lina Xu and freshman Samantha Smith rolled to an 8-1 win over Justine Perl and Marite Raygada.

Despite taking a 1-0 lead, Washington still had to fight in singles play. The Toreros took three of the six first sets in singles, but Washington would rally to win two of the three and took the rest in straight sets.

24th-ranked sophomore Venise Chan reeled off her eighth-straight victory at No. 1 singles, a routine 6-2, 6-4 win over Coupez. She runs her season record to 25-5 and 18-3 in dual matches. One more win will tie Chan for 10th on the UW single season wins list.

Also winning in straight sets was freshman Samantha Smith, who lost only four games all weekend as she beat Milou Teeling today, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4 singles after only dropping on game on Friday. At No. 6 singles, junior Aleksandra Malovic ran her dual record to 15-6 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Alexandra Demidova.

At No. 2 singles, 78th-ranked Denise Dy won a battle of freshmen against Maja Sujica. Dy dropped the first set, 2-6, but then turned the tables with a 6-2 second set win, and she took the third set easily, 6-3. At No. 5, Ardies followed a similar script, losing the first set to Raygada, 3-6, but dominating the next two, 6-1 and 6-2 for her 24th win. Raygada came into the match with a 16-1 record in dual matches but couldn't hold Ardies down.

San Diego's lone point came at No. 3 singles, where senior Tammy Kevey, USD's only ranked singles player at 121st, knocked off Xu, 6-3, 6-4.

The Huskies will now look to close out the regular season with a pair of conference wins against their closest rivals. UW hosts Washington State on Saturday, April 18, then faces Oregon on Sunday, April 19. Both matches start at 12 noon.

Washington Women's Tennis
4/11/09 - San Diego, Calif.
USD West Tennis Courts

No. 35 Washington 6, No. 54 San Diego 1

1. Ardies/Dy (UW) def. Coupez/Teeling (USD), 8-2
2. Kevey/Sujica (USD) def. Chan/Malovic (UW), 8-2
3. Smith/Xu (UW) def. Perl/Raygada (USD), 8-1

1. (24) Venise Chan (UW) def. Juliette Coupez (USD), 6-2, 6-4
2. (78) Denise Dy (UW) def. Maja Sujica (USD), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. (121) Tammy Kevey (USD) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-3, 6-4
4. Samantha Smith (UW) def. Milou Teeling (USD), 6-1, 6-2
5. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Marite Raygada (USD), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Alexandra Demidova (USD), 6-2, 6-4

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