No. 24 Huskies Notch 6-1 Win Over Utes

Jan. 24, 2010

SEATTLE - Third-ranked sophomore Denise Dy got the clinching point in her first match at No. 1 singles, as the 24th-ranked Huskies handled No. 62 Utah, 6-1 today at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Washington (2-0) swept doubles and took five of the six singles matches for the second day in a row.

Dy had played in the No. 2 singles spot every match of her career thus far, but head coach Jill Hultquist gave her a chance at the No. 1 spot, something her No. 3 singles ranking certainly justified. The San Jose, Calif. native defeated Utah's Anastasia Putilina, 6-2, 6-4 to earn Washington's fourth point and seal the victory. Dy is now 14-2 in singles on the year.

No matter who UW starts at No. 2 singles, they're bound to be one of the best No. 2 players in the country. Today, 11th-ranked Venise Chan moved down and then posted the quickest win of the day, beating Erin Monson 6-1, 6-3. Chan ups her singles mark to 12-4 this season.

'We're coming out of this weekend feeling pretty good. We've got some tough opponents next weekend and hopefully this will build some confidence,' said Hultquist. 'It was a little weird (with Dy playing No. 1) because (assistant coach Damon Coupe) and I are used to our routines and sitting on our sides (with the same players) but the girls are mature enough to handle it and we probably worry about it more than they do.'

Senior Aleksandra Malovic had a strong showing in the No. 6 spot, beating Lisa Johnson 6-2, 6-3 to set up Dy's clincher. Washington's fifth point came via a come-from-behind win at No. 3 singles by junior Lina Xu. After dropping the first set, 3-6, Xu came back with a 6-3 second set win over Paige Miles. With the match decided, they went to a super-tiebreak, which Xu won on her second match point, 10-8.

Closing out the match was sophomore Samantha Smith, who came back from a set down as well to force another third-set super-tiebreak. In the breaker, Smith rolled out to a 6-0 lead, and won on her third match point, solidifying a 4-6, 6-1, (10-6). Utah's only point came at No. 4 singles where senior Joyce Ardies stumbled, 6-2, 6-2 against Evgenia Kryuchkova.

Washington opened doubles with a blowout win at the top spot, then had to work for awhile before eventually completing the sweep. 11th-ranked Ardies and Dy cruised to an 8-1 victory over Monson and Maughan in the top spot. At third doubles, Malovic and Xu fell behind 0-3 before they worked their way back, and they were the eventual clinchers with a 9-7 win over Kryuchkova and Johnson. A few minutes later, Chan and Smith completed an 8-6 victory over Putlina and Miles in the No. 2 spot.

The Huskies will now head for Fayetteville, Arkansas for the qualifying rounds of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Dawgs will play two matches in two days, and if they win both they would advance to the National Team Indoor finals in February in Madison, Wisconsin. First up, the Huskies will play Arkansas on Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. Pacific. Then they would either play Michigan or South Carolina on Jan. 30 depending on the result of both matches.

Washington Women's Tennis
January 24, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 24 Washington 6, No. 62 Utah 1

1) (11) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. Monson/Maughan (Utah), 8-1
2) Smith/Chan (UW) def. Putilina/Miles (Utah), 8-6
3) Malovic/Xu (UW) def. Kryuchkova/Johnson (Utah), 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1) (3) Denise Dy (UW) def. Anastasia Putilina (Utah), 6-2, 6-4
2) (11) Venise Chan (UW) def. Erin Monson (Utah), 6-1, 6-3
3) Lina Xu (UW) def. Paige Miles (Utah), 3-6, 6-3, (10-8)
4) Evgenia Kryuchkova (Utah) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 6-2, 6-2
5) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Andrea Maughan (Utah), 4-6, 6-1, (10-6)
6) Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Lisa Johnson (Utah), 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 6, 1, 4, 3, 5

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