Women's Tennis Roughs Up Cougars, 6-1

April 18, 2009

SEATTLE - The 30th-ranked Husky women's tennis team trounced the Washington State Cougars today, 6-1, at the Bill Quillian Courts, in the only meeting this year between the cross-state rivals. Washington (15-7, 2-5 Pac-10) swept the doubles point and took five of the six singles matches in straight sets against. The Cougars drop to 8-18 and 1-7 in conference play in what was their season finale.

Owning a 1-0 lead after doubles, UW's top two ranked singles players each cruised to lopsided victories. Freshman Denise Dy, ranked 77th, got the first win, defeating Aleksandra Cekic, 6-1, 6-1 at second singles. 20th-ranked sophomore Venise Chan then ended her No. 1 singles match against Ekaterina Kamendova, scoring a 6-2, 6-1 knockout. Now with 26 wins against just five defeats, Chan is tied for 10th on the UW single season wins list, six wins short of the record.

The next three matches all wrapped up within about a minute of each other, all going Washington's way. Freshman Samantha Smith earned the clinching point as she topped Marina Nicolas, 6-2, 6-3 at fourth singles. Junior Joyce Ardies then notched her 25th win of the year, a 6-4, 6-1 win over Bianca Selaru at the fifth position. And sophomore Aleksandra Krsljanin got her fourth singles start of the season and made it count, defeating Jessica Gomez, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 6 spot. Krsljanin has won all four of her dual singles matches.

Wazzu's only point came at No. 3 singles, in a match that went a half hour longer than any other. WSU's Elisabeth Fournier outlasted UW's Lina Xu in a third set super-tiebreaker, 10-3. Fournier had won the first set, 6-2, before Xu pulled out the second set in a tiebreak to force the next tiebreaker. That settled the final count at 6-1.

The Huskies quickly took control of the doubles point, winning going away at the top two positions. At No. 1 doubles, the 36th-ranked tandem of Ardies and Dy improved to 8-1 on the season with an 8-3 victory over Kamendova and Cekic. Chan and Malovic, ranked 78th, dominated Nicolas and Selaru en route to an 8-1 victory. Finally, Smith and Xu earned a tiebreak victory over Gomez and Fournier at No. 3 doubles, taking the breaker, 7-4.

'I thought we actually came out a little slow in doubles, and we talked as a team before singles and I thought then we came out and gave a good effort,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'We've got Oregon tomorrow which is a good team but just hasn't had everyone healthy this year, and if they do tomorrow it will be a battle.'

The Huskies will close out their regular season tomorrow at 12 noon against the 64th-ranked Ducks. The match will once again be played at the Bill Quillian Courts.

Washington Women's Tennis
April 18, 2009 - Seattle, Wash.
Bill Quillian Courts

No. 30 Washington 6, Washington State 1

1) (36) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. Kamendova/Cekic (WSU), 8-3
2) (78) Chan/Malovic (UW) def. Nicolas/Selaru (WSU), 8-1
3) Smith/Xu (UW) def. Gomez/Fournier (WSU), 7-6 (4)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1) (20) Venise Chan (UW) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU), 6-2, 6-1
2) (77) Denise Dy (UW) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU), 6-1, 6-1
3) Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-2, 6-7 (4), (10-3)
4) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU), 6-2, 6-3
5) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU), 6-4, 6-1
6) Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW) def. Jessica Gomez (WSU), 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 1, 4, 5, 6, 3

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