Huskies Roll To 6-1 Win Over Minnesota

Feb. 21, 2010

SEATTLE - Washington's 19th-ranked women's tennis team had one of its most complete all-around efforts today, taking out No. 52 Minnesota 6-1 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies (7-1) were led by their marquee duo of Venise Chan and Denise Dy who lost just five games combined in winning the top two singles matches against the Gophers (6-3).

Chan was sharp from the start of her No. 1 singles match against Alessandra Ferrazzi. She won the first five games of the match and never lost her rhythm for more than a game, posting a 6-1, 6-2 win. Dy bounced back in a big way from her first dual match loss on Saturday, and dominated Tijana Koprivica, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. The two finished within less than a minute of each other, with Chan just beating Dy off the court.

Senior Joyce Ardies picked up the clinching point with a 6-1, 6-1 win at fifth singles over Jackie Sperling. Fellow senior Aleksandra Malovic soon finished off UW's fifth point with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 6 singles over Magdalena Wiecha. At No. 4 singles, sophomore Samantha Smith quickly responded from a 4-6 first set loss to win the second set, 6-2, and then finished off Doron Muravnik in a super-tiebreak, 10-2. Minnesota's lone point came at No. 3 singles where Alexa Palen beat junior Lina Xu, 6-0, 6-2.

'I thought we played awesome today,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'Going over the scores we pretty much dominated every set except on Lina's court and Samantha turned it around and played like her old self. I can't ask for anything better. It was good to establish ourselves like a Top-20 team.'

Washington had to battle back a few times to claim a closely contested doubles point. But for starters, the 6th-ranked tandem of Ardies and Dy continued their winning ways with an 8-3 victory over Koprivica and Sperling in the No. 1 match. The two still have yet to lose at No. 1 doubles this year, going 8-0. But at the moment they won, the No. 2 match was even at 6-6 and the No. 3 match was tied 5-5. At No. 2, Chan and Smith came back from 3-5 down, and after Minnesota's Ferrazzi and Palen took a 7-6 lead, the Dawgs grabbed the final three games with Smith serving out a 9-7 win to clinch the point. Finally, after going down 2-5 and two service breaks, Malovic and Xu fought back to force a tiebreak at No. 3 which they won 7-4 over Muravnik and Mariana Spilca.

The Huskies have a travel week ahead as they head down to UC Irvine for a dual on Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. and then continue on to Long Beach State on Feb. 28 for another 11 a.m. start. Those matches will mark the end of UW's non-conference season.

Washington Women's Tennis
February 21, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 19 Washington 6, No. 52 Minnesota 1

1) (6) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. Koprivica/Sperling (Minn), 8-3
2) Smith/Chan (UW) def. Ferrazzi/Palen (Minn), 9-7
3) Malovic/Xu (UW) def. Muravnik/Spilca (Minn), 8-7 (4)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

1) (14) Venise Chan (UW) def. Alessandra Ferrazzi (Minn), 6-1, 6-2
2) (4) Denise Dy (UW) def. Tijana Koprivica (Minn), 6-1, 6-1
3) Alexa Palen (Minn) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-0, 6-2
4) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Doron Muravnik (Minn), 4-6, 6-2, (10-2)
5) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Jackie Sperling (Minn), 6-1, 6-1
6) Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Magdalena Wiecha (Minn), 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 4

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