Dawgs Fall Just Short Against Sun Devils

March 6, 2010

SEATTLE - A shorthanded Husky women's tennis team fought gamely today but suffered just its second loss of the season, falling 5-2 to Arizona State at the Bill Quillian Courts. Washington (9-2, 1-1 Pac-10) played without seventh-ranked sophomore Denise Dy yet still had a chance for the win after taking four first sets in singles, but the Sun Devils (6-2, 2-0) hung on late.

Dy suffered a foot injury in Friday's win over Arizona, gamely persevering to score the clinching win against the Wildcats despite clearly fighting through a lot of pain. There was no chance of her getting back in just a day's time, however, so UW was forced to shuffle its doubles and singles lineups.

'I thought we could have beaten that team. We just lacked a little bit of fight and confidence in some matches. Even though we lose (Dy), it stinks, but I still think we should have been able to win the match today,' said head coach Jill Hultquist.

The Sun Devils got wins at first and third doubles to clinch the point and take the 1-0 lead, without UW's ninth-ranked tandem of Dy and Joyce Ardies to hold down the top spot. But Washington fought back to take leads in four singles matches. 16th-ranked junior Venise Chan scored the first Husky point with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Nadia Abdala at No. 1 singles. Chan's fifth win in a row made it 2-1 in favor of ASU.

At No. 6 singles, junior Aleksandra Krsljanin stepped into the lineup for the first time since February 5. She started very strong taking the first set, 6-1, over Sianna Simmons, but then struggled to close it out and Simmons came back to take the next two sets, 6-2 and 6-0, scoring a key point. From there, 104th-ranked Kelcy McKenna, a former No. 1-ranked player nationally, held off Samantha Smith's comeback bid at third singles and clinched the match, 6-3, 7-5.

That put the score at 4-1 with UW up in the final two matches. At No. 5 singles, Aleksandra Malovic had double match point up 6-5 in the third set, but ASU's Michelle Brycki came back to break serve and force a tiebreak, which she won, 7-1. Ardies came through in the last match of the day, grinding out a 7-6, 7-5 win over Hannah James at the No. 4 singles spot.

Washington heads into a lengthy break now with finals coming up. UW's next match won't be until March 26 at USC. Coach Hultquist was hoping that might be enough time for Dy's foot to heal up, but there is no set timetable yet.

'We find out tomorrow,' said Hultquist. 'It could be a couple weeks but we have a three week break, so if it had to happen sometime; maybe it could have waited until today, but if we lose her just one match we'd feel fortunate.'

Washington Women's Tennis
March 6, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Bill Quillian Courts

No. 44 Arizona State 5, No. 18 Washington 2

1. Abdala/Hein (ASU) def. Chan/Smith (UW), 8-3
2. Malovic/Xu (UW) def. McKenna/James (ASU), 7-2, ret.
3. Brycki/Smith (ASU) def. Ardies/Krsljanin (UW), 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. (16) Venise Chan (UW) def. Nadia Abdala (ASU), 6-3, 6-3
2. Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-1, 6-1
3. (104) Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Samantha Smith (UW), 6-3, 7-5
4. Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Hannah James (ASU), 7-6, 7-5
5. Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1)
6. Sianna Simmons (UA) def. Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW), 1-6, 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 2, 1, 6, 3, 5, 4

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