Huskies And Cougars Meet To Close Regular Season

April 16, 2010

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Saturday, Apr. 17, 11 a.m., Pullman, Wash.
#28 Washington at Washington State

THIS WEEK: Washington finishes off the 2010 regular season with a tough road match in Pullman this weekend. The Huskies (10-6, 2-5 Pac-10) will be focused on heading into postseason play with some momentum, and a win would also give the team some security in earning their third consecutive NCAA Championship bid. Washington had some inspired play last weekend against the Top-20 Bay Area schools, and will look to build on that this Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: In the new rankings on April 13, the women dropped from the Top-25 for the first time all season, down to No. 28. They have been as high as 16th this season and ranked in the Top-25 all year until now. This is the first year since 2005 that the Huskies have been in the rare air of the Top-20. All of Washington's six losses have come to teams currently ranked in the Top-30. New individual rankings were released this week with sophomore Denise Dy slipping a few spots to No. 9, down from her season-high of No. 3. Junior Venise Chan also checks in at No. 16, up one spot from the last period. Chan has been ranked as high as No. 11 this year. In the doubles rankings, Dy and senior Joyce Ardies remain in the top-15 nationally, coming in at No. 15 this week, and have been as high as No. 6.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State is 12-13 on the season and 1-6 in Pac-10 play with its lone win coming at Oregon. The Cougars gave Stanford a scare last week in a 5-2 loss and then were defeated, 6-1, by California. The top two players for the Cougars are playing the best tennis of their young careers, and both earned career-high singles rankings this week. No. 1 singles player Elisabeth Fournier has a team-record 29 singles wins and is now ranked 78th in singles. She upset Stanford's Hilary Barte, 6-4, 6-0, last weekend. Freshman Liudmila Vasilieva has jumped to 54th in the rankings, and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after upsetting Stanford's Lindsay Burdette and Cal's Marina Cossou last week. Last year in Seattle, the Huskies earned a 6-1 win over Wazzu, with a doubles point sweep and five singles wins in straight sets. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 46-9.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington played some of its best tennis in its final home weekend, but came up just short against 11th-ranked Stanford and 12th-ranked California. On Friday, the Huskies had their closest match ever with the Cardinal, with Stanford escaping with a 4-3 win. With doubles tied at 1-1, the second-ranked duo of Barte and Burdette edged Denise Dy and Joyce Ardies, 8-6, to win doubles for Stanford. The Huskies though came back with five first set wins in singles play. Senior Aleksandra Malovic went on to beat Veronica Li, 7-6, 6-1 to get UW on the board. But Stanford came back with three set wins at first and fourth singles to clinch. At No. 1, 8th-ranked Hilary Barte earned a 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Venise Chan. Washington closed out with two more wins, as senior Joyce Ardies upset 109th-ranked Carolyn McVeigh, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, and Dy defeated No. 61 Lindsay Burdette in a third-set tiebreak. On Senior Day against Cal, the Huskies lost doubles but again started well in singles, taking three first sets. Malovic again rolled to a straight-set win at sixth singles for a perfect weekend. But Cal won three matches in third sets to pull away for the 6-1 win. UW's top-20 duo of Chan and Dy faced two more top-20 players in Jana Juricova and Marina Cossou. Juricova, ranked third, outlasted Chan, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, and 15th-ranked Cossou dealt Dy just her second dual loss, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

DAWG BITES: Denise Dy and Venise Chan have been ranked in the Top-20 of the singles rankings throughout the dual season; currently only Washington, Florida, California, and Baylor have two players in the top-20 ... Dy is the third Husky woman to earn a top-five singles ranking, joining Kristina Kraszewski (career-high No. 1) and Dea Sumantri (career-high No. 5) ... with a winning percentage of .857 (24-4), Dy currently ranks second in Husky single season history behind Teri Agee's 21-1 mark (.955; 1980-81) ... with 23 doubles wins this season, Joyce Ardies is tied for eighth in single-season history, and she has moved up to sixth on the career list with 66 doubles wins; she also moved into a tie for 10th on the singles wins list with 72 with her win over Stanford's Carolyn McVeigh ... over the past two seasons, and based on the March 30 singles rankings, Venise Chan had defeated every player ranked second through eighth at least once, with wins also against women ranked 15th, 18th, and 19th, giving her wins over half of the nation's Top-20 players ... Denise Dy has seven wins this season alone over women currently in the Top-50 ... the Huskies are a perfect 9-0 when winning the doubles point but 1-6 when losing it.

UP NEXT: Postseason play begins with the annual Pac-10 Championships held in Ojai, California. The Huskies will compete for the conference singles and doubles crowns from April 22-25.

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