Huskies Off And Running With 6-1 Win Over BYU

Jan. 23, 2010

SEATTLE - Washington's women's tennis team took to its home courts for the first time since last April, and warmed up the Nordstrom with an impressive 6-1 victory over BYU this afternoon. It was the first dual match of the season for the 24th-ranked Huskies (1-0) as they begin a quest to duplicate their NCAA Round of 16 run or exceed it.

Senior Aleksandra Malovic put the Huskies over the top today with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win at No. 6 singles over Romina Nedakovic. That made it 4-1 UW as BYU had been hanging around trying to make it interesting in the final three matches. But the Huskies closed out the last two in straight sets after Malovic's win.

Washington's one-two combo of 11th-ranked Venise Chan and 3rd-ranked Denise Dy had successful home openers. Dy was ranked 77th the last time she played here in Seattle, before establishing herself as one of the top players in the Pac-10 and the country during the fall. She quickly showed the progress she's made since her freshman season, controlling things from the get-go in a 6-1, 6-1 win over BYU's Kristina Doerr at No. 2 singles.

Chan had a tough test at the No. 1 singles spot, facing 54th-ranked McCall Jones. Both sets followed the same pattern, as Jones broke serve to take a 4-3 lead in each set only to have Chan break right back and then close strong. The junior from Hong Kong topped Jones, 6-4, 6-4.

Washington's first point in singles came from senior Joyce Ardies, who dominated Elizaveta Ezhova, 6-0, 6-2, at fourth singles. Sophomore Samantha Smith won a slugfest with Megan Price at No. 5 singles, 7-5, 6-4. BYU's only point came at third singles where junior Lina Xu lost two tight sets to Chie Hayasaka, 6-4, 7-5.

The Huskies pulled away quickly in doubles play to take a 1-0 lead to start the match. The No. 1 match pitted two Top-20 teams against each other, with the 11th-ranked Husky pair of Ardies and Dy putting away 18th-ranked Jones and Price, 8-3. In the second spot, Chan and Smith took care of Doerr and Nedokovic, 8-1. Malovic and Xu trailed Hayasaka and Ezhova, 1-3, at third doubles, before winning seven straight games to finish the doubles sweep, 8-3.

The Huskies have an early start Sunday as well, taking on 62nd-ranked Utah at 10 a.m. in the Nordstrom.

Washington Women's Tennis
January 23, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 24 Washington 6, No. 64 BYU 1

1) (11) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. (18) Jones/Price (BYU), 8-3
2) Smith/Chan (UW) def. Doerr/Nedokovic (BYU), 8-1
3) Malovic/Xu (UW) def. Hayasaka/Ezhova (BYU), 8-3
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1) (11) Venise Chan (UW) def. (54) McCall Jones (BYU), 6-4, 6-4
2) (3) Denise Dy (UW) def. Kristina Doerr (BYU), 6-1, 6-1
3) Chie Hayasaka (BYU) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-4, 7-5
4) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU), 6-0, 6-2
5) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Megan Price (BYU), 7-5, 6-4
6) Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Romina Nedakovic (BYU), 7-6 (4), 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 2, 3, 6, 5, 1

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