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Huskies Secure 6-1 Win Over Eastern Washington

Feb 12, 2021

SEATTLE – The Husky women's tennis team moved to 5-0 today with a 6-1 win over Eastern Washington at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Eastern gave the Huskies a fight in both singles and doubles but UW passed the test.
The Eagles had taken the top two singles matches against Pac-12 rival Washington State in its last match, so they came in with some confidence. At one point, the Huskies led 3-1 but three matches were early in third sets. But Washington put its foot down in all three, losing just four games combined in the three third sets to pull away for the 6-1 win.
Washington got the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Vanessa Wong and Sarah-Maude Fortin quickly turned in a 6-1 win at No. 1 over EWU's Nelson/Braeden. Then Sedona Gallagher and Yolanda Lin won the final three games of their match at No. 2 against Mathews/Kida for a 6-3 win, which was key because at nearly the same moment the Eagles got a 6-3 win at No. 3 doubles.

"I thought it was a great match for us to play," said Head Coach Robin Stephenson. "I thought Eastern came out and played really well and challenged us in the doubles and we needed that. We knew in singles we were going to have to come out playing our games, and committing to our gameplans, and I thought we did that. We split some sets there and honestly that's a good thing going forward, just being in those positions. We didn't play our best, for sure, a lot of stuff to clean up, but at the end of the day we're better for playing this match."
In singles play, 74th-ranked Vanessa Wong was down 3-4 in her first set against Scout Mathews at No. 1, but Wong then won nine of the next ten games to collect the first singles point, 6-4, 6-1.
The next point came from freshman Tara Chilton, as she defeated Renata Gabuzyan, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 6 singles. Eastern got a win at the No. 2 spot, with Jennifer Kida defeating Gallagher, 6-2, 6-1.
With three matches in third sets, UW grabbed big leads in all three, but it was freshman Yolanda Lin who finished first to clinch it. She defeated Rylee Braeden, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to improve to 5-0 in singles play. Next up was fellow freshman Fortin, who dropped the second set for her first set loss of the year but rebounded emphatically in the third, winning 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, over Zoey Nelson.
Wrapping it up was Zoey Weil, who had a slow start at No. 4 against Louise Waite but then rolled to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory.

Washington Women's Tennis
February 12, 2021

Nordstrom Tennis Center | Seattle, Wash.
Washington – 6
Eastern Washington – 1
1. (#74) Vanessa Wong (UW) def. Scout Mathews (EWU), 6-4, 6-1
2. Jennifer Kida (EWU) def. Sedona Gallagher (UW), 6-2, 6-1
3. Sarah-Maude Fortin (UW) def. Zoey Nelson (EWU), 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
4. Zoey Weil (UW) def. Louise Waite (EWU), 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
5. Yolanda Lin (UW) def. Rylee Braeden (EWU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
6. Tara Chilton (UW) def. Renata Gabuzyan (EWU), 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 2, 6, 5, 3, 4
1. Wong/Fortin (UW) def. Nelson/Braeden (EWU), 6-1
2. Gallagher/Lin (UW) def. Mathews/Kida (EWU), 6-3
3. Waite/Gabuzyan (EWU) def. Ashley Chang/Chilton (UW), 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2