No. 19 Huskies Outlast No. 49 Hornets, 4-3

Feb. 20, 2010

SEATTLE - Facing the prospect of a one point defeat against pesky Sacramento State for the fourth-straight year, the 19th-ranked Husky women's tennis team came back to capture the final two matches and knock off the Hornets, 4-3, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Samantha Smith and Joyce Ardies won the final two singles matches to secure the victory for the Huskies (6-1), both closing out tight second sets.

The 49th-ranked Hornets had tormented the Huskies the last three seasons, defeating UW by a 4-3 score each year. For a while it looked like things might be heading an all-too-familiar direction for the Dawgs, as Sacramento State won three straight singles matches after UW had started with a 2-0 lead. But Smith did her part at fifth singles, holding off Clarisse Baca, 7-5, 6-4, to make it 3-3. Then Ardies held on to best Rebeca Delgado at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 7-5. The senior trailed in both sets, and was down 2-4 in the second before taking a 5-4 lead and serving for the match. Delgado broke back but couldn't hold her own serve again, and Ardies came through at 40-30 in the next game to clinch the victory.

Washington's first win in singles came from 14th-ranked junior Venise Chan, who played at second singles today and routinely defeated Maria Meliuk, 6-2, 6-3. 4th-ranked sophomore Denise Dy ran into a veteran senior on top of her game, and lost for the first time in dual play and just the third time all season. She fell at No. 1 to 46th-ranked Katrina Zheltova, 6-1, 6-3.

Junior Lina Xu played well but fell short at third singles against Tatsiana Kapshai, 7-5, 6-3. In the No. 6 spot, senior Aleksandra Malovic looked to have the momentum against Aileen Tsan as she lost the first set but won the second, 6-1 and took a 2-1 lead in the third, but Tsan won the final five games to give Sacramento State the 3-2 lead.

In doubles, play, Washington won all three matches in different fashions. The sixth-ranked tandem of Ardies and Dy rolled to a 7-2 lead over Zheltova and Baca and ended up with an 8-4 victory to improve to 7-0 this year at the No. 1 spot. At No. 2, Smith and Chan trailed 2-4 against Kapshai and Delgado but then ran off six straight games for the 8-4 win. Finally at the third spot, Malovic and Xu went to a tiebreak at 7-all against Tsan and Meliuk and after saving a match point at 6-7, they won the final three points for the 9-7 win.

The Huskies will have a quick turnaround for another tough match against 52nd-ranked Minnesota, tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Nordstrom once again.

Washington Women's Tennis
February 20, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 19 Washington 4, No. 49 Sacramento State 3

1) (6) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. Zheltova/Baca (Sac St), 8-4
2) Smith/Chan (UW) def. Kapshai/Delgado (Sac St), 8-4
3) Malovic/Xu (UW) def. Tsan/Meliuk (Sac St), 8-7 (7)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1) (46) Katrina Zheltova (Sac St) def. (4) Denise Dy (UW), 6-1, 6-3
2) (14) Venise Chan (UW) def. Maria Meliuk (Sac St), 6-2, 6-3
3) Tatsiana Kapshai (Sac St) def. Lina Xu (UW), 7-5, 6-3
4) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Rebeca Delgado (Sac St), 7-5, 7-5
5) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Clarisse Baca (Sac St), 7-5, 6-4
6) Aileen Tsan (Sac St) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 6, 5, 4

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