Huskies Fall, 5-2, To No. 26 Arizona State
SEATTLE – The Washington women's tennis team jumped out to an early advantage but could not close the door against a resilient Arizona State squad, falling 5-2 on Sunday at Nordstrom Tennis Center.
The 40th-ranked Huskies dropped to 8-4 overall and 1-3 in Pac-12 action, while the 26th-ranked Sun Devils (9-3, 3-0) remained undefeated in Conference action.
The Huskies jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage in the match by dominating play in doubles action. Vanessa Wong and Sedona Gallagher teamed up for a 6-0 victory in the No. 1 slot and Tara Chilton and Sarah-Maude Fortin closed out the point with a 6-4 victory at No. 3.
"For the second match in a row, getting that doubles point was big," Husky Coach Robin Stephenson said.
From there, Arizona State showed its resilience and was able to extend points and make life difficult for the Huskies on five of the singles courts.
"I think we came up a little short on some courts where we had some chances, but Arizona State played extremely well," Stephenson said. "They were very disciplined and tough."
ASU stole the momentum and took the first set in five of the six singles matches. The lone Husky holdout was Wong, who like so many times this season controlled her match from start to finish. She won the first set over Ilze Hattingh, 6-3, and closed the match by breaking Hattingh's serve for a 6-2 second-set win.
The win moved Wong, the nation's 74th-ranked singles player, to 11-1 on the season.
The Huskies fell in straight sets in four of the singles courts, giving the Sun Devils the four points they needed for the match. Despite the straight-set wins by the Sun Devils, Stephenson thought her team had some chances to get back into the match.
"We had some opportunities, but we came up just a little short," she said. "I wish we could have extended it. I feel if we could have gone to third sets on some of those courts, some good things could have happened. But, we couldn't quite get over that hump."
Yolanda Lin fell to Domenika Turkovic, 2-6, 4-6, at No. 6 to give ASU its first point of the match, followed soon after by ASU's Giulia Morlet taking down Zoey Weil at No. 4, 6-2-6-1, to give the Sun Devils the lead.
Wong closed out Hattingh at No. 1 to even things back up at 2-2, but the Sun Devils closed the match out with back-to-back victories at No. 3 and No. 2.
Gallagher lost 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 and moments later, Fortin dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision at No. 2.
The freshman Chilton dropped her first set, 6-0, but rallied to win the second, 7-5. With the match already clinched, she dropped the 10-point tie-breaker.
The Huskies return to action next Sunday, March 21 against Portland. The two teams will square off at 12:00 p.m. at Nordstrom Tennis Center or Bill Quillian Stadium.
Washington Women's Tennis
March 14, 2021
Nordstrom Tennis Center | Seattle, Wash.
#26 Arizona State (9-3, 3-0) – 5
#40 Washington (8-4, 1-3) – 2
1. (#74) Vanessa Wong (UW) def. Ilze Hattingh (ASU) – 6-3, 6-2
2. Sammi Hampton (ASU) def. Sarah-Maude Fortin (UW) – 6-3, 6-4
3. Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU), def. Sedona Gallagher (UW), 6-2, 6-4
4. Giulia Morlet (ASU) def. Zoey Weil (UW), 6-2, 6-1
5. Marianna Argyrokastriti (ASU) def. Tara Chilton (UW), 6-0, 5-7, (10-0)
6. Domenika Turkovic (ASU) def. Yolanda Lin (UW), 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 1, 3, 2, 5
1. Wong/Gallagher (UW) def. Hattingh/Hampton (ASU) – 6-0
2. Weil/Lin (UW) vs. John-Baptiste/Mollet (ASU) – DNF, 5-4
3. Fortin/Chilton (UW) def. Argyrokastriti/Turkovic (ASU) – 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3