Huskies Hound Utes In NCAA Opener
May 14, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Husky women's tennis team was in impressive form today in a decisive 4-0 win over Utah in the first round of the NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Florida at Linder Stadium. Washington will move on and await the winner of 3rd-ranked Florida and South Carolina State on Saturday.
Washington (12-6) was 10-0 this year when winning the doubles point, so when Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy clinched the point with an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles over Anastasia Putilina and Paige Miles, the Huskies were ready to roll in singles play. For Ardies, it is her 27th doubles win of the season, which breaks the school record that had been shared by five Huskies.
Leading 1-0, Washington broke away quickly in three singles matches, and felt after the match that they were able to better handle the heat and humidity than the Utes.
'The one thing that was in the back of our minds was the heat so we were making sure electrolytes were constantly in our system,' said head coach Jill Hultquist, who experienced the Gainesville heat on a regular basis as a four-time All-American there. 'Today our girls looked so fresh on the court and I think Utah looked just a little hotter than we did.'
10th-ranked sophomore Denise Dy hung a shutout on Evgenia Kryuchkova at No. 2 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0 in just 51 minutes. Not far behind in terms of time on court or games allowed was sophomore Samantha Smith, who stymied Paige Miles, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. Smith is now 3-0 in her career in NCAA singles matches. Then senior Joyce Ardies put an end to the afternoon with a 6-0, 6-1 win of her own against Erin Monson at third singles.
Ardies and the Huskies were glad to get off court and out of the sun in a relatively short time in order to rest for Saturday. 'The physical part in this weather is extremely important so we want to focus on that going into the next match by getting lots of rest,' Ardies said.
The Huskies were up a set on two more courts when the match was clinched. All-Pac-10 First Teamer Venise Chan led 95th-ranked Anastasia Putilina 6-3, 4-2 at No. 1 singles, and at No. 6, Malovic was up on Andrea Maughan, 6-4, 1-0. Utah's Lisa Johnson had a set lead on Xu in the fourth spot.
Utah head coach Mat Iandolo gave all the credit to the Huskies saying, ''We got a slow start in the doubles and that cost us a lot. Getting down 1-0 in a match like this really hurt our momentum considerably. In the spots we got beat, we got beat pretty good. Washington was clearly a better team than us today.'
Washington has now won its first round match in seven of its past eight trips to the NCAA Championships. The Huskies will be looking for a second-straight trip to the Sweet-16 tomorrow, but it will take another upset of the caliber they pulled off last year at 7th-ranked USC. If Florida advances as expected, the Gators will own an 81-match home winning streak, and they have only lost twice all year. Still, Hultquist was looking forward to facing her alma mater.
'Going against Florida will be a good, fun match for me because I played with them,' she said. 'We know we are going to have a big fight because we're the underdogs but we have to just go in and give it our best shot.'
Washington will face Florida or South Carolina State tomorrow at 12 p.m. Pacific.
Washington Women's Tennis
NCAA Championships - First Round
May 14, 2010 - Gainesville, Florida
Linder Stadium - University of Florida
No. 29 Washington 4, No. 40 Utah 0
1) (21) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. Putilina/Miles (Utah), 8-6*
2) Chan/Xu (UW) vs. Monson/Maughan (Utah), 6-7 DNF
3) Malovic/Smith (UW) def. Kryuchkova/Johnson (Utah), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1
* Clinched point
1) (15) Venise Chan (UW) vs. (95) Anastasia Putilina (Utah), 6-3, 4-2, DNF
2) (10) Denise Dy (UW) def. Evgenia Kryuchkova (Utah), 6-0, 6-0
3) Joyce Ardies (UW) def. Erin Monson (Utah), 6-0, 6-1*
4) Lina Xu (UW) vs. Lisa Johnson (Utah), 2-6, 1-4, DNF
5) Samantha Smith (UW) def. Paige Miles (Utah), 6-0, 6-1
6) Aleksandra Malovic (UW) vs. Andrea Maughan (Utah), 6-4, 1-0, DNF
Order of finish: 2, 5, 3
* Clinched match
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