UW Fights Gamely But Falls At No. 3 Florida In Second Round
May 15, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Husky women's tennis team put forth a valiant effort in singles against one of the nation's top teams today but it wasn't enough to extend their season as 3rd-ranked Florida earned a 4-0 win at its own Linder Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Championships. The Gators (26-2) have won 82 matches in a row at home and will continue on to the Round of 16 while Washington's season ends at 12-7
There will still be more at stake for junior Venise Chan and sophomore Denise Dy, who will each compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, while Dy and senior Joyce Ardies will compete in the NCAA Doubles Championships starting May 26 in Athens, Georgia.
Much as the Huskies do, Florida features two of the NCAA's top-20 singles players, but Florida used its depth at the lower part of the lineup to fend off any Husky upset bid. After a one-sided win in doubles, Florida extended its lead with wins at fifth and sixth singles. Sophomore Samantha Smith fell to Joanna Mather, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 and senior Aleksandra Malovic was upended by Caroline Hitimana at the six spot, 6-3, 6-3. The senior from Apeldoorn in the Netherlands concluded a career as a four-year starter who amassed 59 singles wins, 43 of which came over the past two seasons.
Despite trailing 3-0, Washington was in every one of the remaining matches. The final four matches were all even or one game apart in the second set, until 65th-ranked Gator Marrit Boonstra finally was able to shake senior Joyce Ardies, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3 singles to end the match.
In the two top-20 showdowns, Florida had the upper hand but UW had been fighting back. At No. 1 singles, 9th-ranked Lauren Embree took the first set from 15th-ranked Venise Chan, 6-1, but Chan took the lead in the second set and the two were in the midst of a tiebreaker in the second when the match was clinched. 10th-ranked sophomore Denise Dy was down against 8th-ranked Allie Will at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 5-4.
Though it won't go down in the win-loss ledger, one of the best efforts came from junior Lina Xu, who has struggled mightily at times this season but today was neck and neck with 102nd-ranked Anastasia Revzina at fourth singles. Revzina took the first set, 6-4, but the two were entering into a second set tiebreak when the match was finished.
Although the Huskies were unable to duplicate their NCAA Round of 16 run from a year ago, head coach Jill Hultquist was pleased with the spirit shown today.
'I told my girls that when it comes to teams like Florida, teams who are ranked so highly, sometimes they expect for their opponents to kind of roll over and die. I thought it was very important for our team to come out confident and never quit fighting. That's really what they did. I couldn't ask for more than that from them,' Hultquist said.
Washington Women's Tennis
NCAA Championships - Second Round
May 14, 2010 - Gainesville, Florida
Linder Stadium - University of Florida
No. 3 Florida 4, No. 29 Washington 0
1) (5) Boonstra/Will (UF) def. (21) Ardies/Dy (UW), 8-1
2) (29) Embree/Mather (UF) def. Chan/Xu (UW), 8-0
3) Malovic/Smith (UW) vs. Hitimana/Revzina (UF), 2-3, DNF
Order of finish: 2, 1
1) (15) Venise Chan (UW) vs. (9) Lauren Embree (UF), 1-6, 6-6, DNF
2) (10) Denise Dy (UW) (8) Allie Will (UF), 3-6, 4-5, DNF
3) (65) Marrit Boonstra (UF) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 7-5, 6-4
4) Lina Xu (UW) vs. (102) Anastasia Revzina (UF), 6-4, 6-6, DNF
5) Joanna Mather (UF) def. Samantha Smith (UW), 6-2, 6-3
6) Caroline Hitimana (UF) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 5, 3