Dawgs Start Pac-12 Play At Home With L.A. Schools
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY WOMEN'S TENNIS
Friday, Mar. 5, Quillian Stadium (Weather Depending)
vs. No. 16 USC, 1:30 pm
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Sunday, Mar. 7, Quillian Stadium (Weather Depending)
vs. No. 6 UCLA, 12 pm
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SEATTLE - Pac-12 play opens with a pair of big tests for the Husky women's tennis team this week as Washington hosts 16th-ranked USC this Friday and 6th-ranked UCLA on Sunday at either the Bill Quillian Stadium or Nordstrom Tennis Center depending on weather. First serve for Friday against the Trojans is set for 1:30 p.m. and the Sunday dual with the Bruins will go at 12 noon.
Weather did not cooperate for the Huskies (7-1) last week in Hawaii as UW's scheduled match against the Rainbow Wahine was rained out. This week the ITA national team rankings expanded from 25 to 50, and the Huskies came in at No. 39.
USC is 6-3 on the season, having suffered two losses to No. 4 Pepperdine and one against UCLA, but earning a big win over No. 17 Oklahoma State, 6-1, in its most recent match. Angela Kulikov is ranked 22nd nationally in singles, but she has played just one match this season. Eryn Cayetano is ranked 48th nationally and Naomi Cheong is No. 103. USC has a big lead in the all-time series, 23-4, but the Huskies have won two of the past three meetings including the most recent one back in 2019.
UCLA opened its season by winning its ITA Kickoff Weekend region, defeating Cal and Texas A&M. The Bruins (6-2) then went 2-1 at National Team Indoors, with wins over Oklahoma State and Pepperdine and a 4-2 loss to Texas. UCLA then had an upset 4-3 loss to Cal last week in a non-conference dual, but bounced back by beating the Trojans, 6-1. UCLA has three players ranked in the ITA top-20, and two in the top-10. Abbey Forbes is ranked seventh, Elysia Bolton is ranked ninth, and Jada Hart is ranked 19th. Sasha Vagramov and Vanessa Ong are ranked 113th and 119th, respectively. Bolton and Hart are also the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the nation.