Huskies Fall Short Of No. 12 Cal On Senior Day
April 10, 2010
SEATTLE - The 12th-ranked Golden Bears were too tough for the 25th-ranked Husky women's tennis team today, winning three singles matches in third sets en route to a 6-1 victory at the Quillian Stadium. The Huskies (10-6, 2-5 Pac-10) celebrated their three seniors, and senior Aleksandra Malovic provided UW's lone point with a straight-set victory at No. 6 singles in her home finale.
This was the final home appearance for Malovic, Joyce Ardies, and Lauren Summers. The three were honored in a ceremony between doubles and singles play, with head coach Jill Hultquist talking about her first group of recruits that helped stabilize a program that had won just three matches in the year before their arrival.
'A lot of (fans) come and support us for every match, and you get to see them play and see their enthusiasm on the court, and how hard they work. But also if you ever get to know them personally, I can tell you they are all some of the greatest young ladies you could ever know,' Hultquist told the crowd. 'It's wonderful to be around them. The last year at least once a week someone in our department says, `Jill, you've got a great bunch of girls.' They're engaging and they light up a room wherever they are.'
For the second day in a row, the Huskies battled a Top-20 team down to the wire, but Cal was able to come through in the final few matches to make the score look more one-sided than was actually the case. After dropping the doubles point, the Huskies took three first sets in singles, with Malovic putting away Tayler Davis at sixth singles, 6-3, 6-0, to complete a rare weekend sweep of the Bay Area schools. That made it 2-1 after Cal's 44th-ranked Mari Andersson topped sophomore Samantha Smith, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3.
Washington's top-20 duo was facing another pair of top-20 players in the first and second singles matched. At No. 1 singles, 17th-ranked Venise Chan took the first set off 3rd-ranked Jana Juricova, 6-4, but Juricova responded with a 6-1 second set win. Juricova opened a 5-2 lead in the second before Chan won the next two games to pull within 5-4, and she had game points to tie it up, but Juricova ended the long affair on her second match point, taking the deciding set, 6-4. Chan has lost three matches to top-10 opponents in third sets in Pac-10 play.
Fourth-ranked sophomore Denise Dy was cruising along up 6-3, and 4-3 against 15th-ranked Marina Cossou, before Cossou got defensive and sent countless lobs and slices back over the net. Dy made some uncharacteristic errors and lost three straight games to give up the set, 6-4. Cossou led 5-3 in the third before Dy broke back and evened it at 5-all, saving four match points in the process. But Dy lost serve again in the next game, and Cossou held on for a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win, just the second dual loss of the year for Dy.
The Huskies suffered another tough three-set setback at fourth singles, where junior Lina Xu fell to Kasia Siwosz, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Ardies' final home singles match was a tough one, as she led for much of the first set against Annie Goransson before she wound up dropping the set in a tiebreak. Siwosz then rolled to a 6-1 win in the second set.
Washington will close out the regular season with a tough road trip to Washington State next Saturday, April 17, with first serve at 11 a.m.
Washington Women's Tennis
April 10, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Bill Quillian Stadium
No. 12 California 6, No. 25 Washington 1
1) (2) Andersson/Juricova (Cal) def. (14) Ardies/Dy (UW), 8-6
2) (73) Cossou/Siwosz (Cal) def. Chan/Xu (UW), 8-0
3) Davis/Goransson (Cal) def. Malovic/Smith (UW), 8-3
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1) (3) Jana Juricova (Stan) def. (17) Venise Chan (UW), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
2) (15) Marina Cossou (Cal) def. (4) Denise Dy (UW), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
3) (44) Mari Andersson (Stan) def. Samantha Smith (UW), 6-3, 6-1
4) Kasia Siwosz (Stan) def. Lina Xu (UW), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
5) Annie Goransson (Cal) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 7-6 (2), 6-1
6) Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Tayler Davis (Cal), 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 3, 6, 4, 5, 1, 2