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Zupancic Retuns, Sparks 5-2 Win At Colorado

Apr 2, 2021

BOULDER, Colo. – Junior Nika Zupancic returned to Seattle two weeks ago from her native Slovenia and her return to the Washington starting lineup helped the Dawgs to their first road win of the season, a 5-2 Pac-12 victory at Colorado. Zupancic and Tara Chilton clinched the doubles point, and then Zupancic added a win at No. 4 singles.
 
It was a grind-it-out affair at elevation today, but the Huskies clinched when freshman Sarah-Maude Fortin completed a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles over Maria Campos. Fortin was down 2-4 in the final set but rallied to take the last four games.
 
A key contributor the past two years, Zupancic picked right up today with a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles over Antonia Balzert. Freshman Tara Chilton also had one of her biggest wins of the season as she scored the first point in singles, defeating Fleur Eggink at the No. 5 spot, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
 
The last win came from junior Sedona Gallagher, who lost her first set to Megan Forster but won the second and ran away with the third, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
 
Colorado got a 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 6 singles from Ky Ecton over Zoey Weil. Vanessa Wong also dropped a regulation singles match for the first time all year, as she had a 4-2 third set lead but lost the final four games to fall 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 to Sara Nayar. Wong's previous two losses had both been in third set super-tiebreaks.
 
Zupancic teamed with Chilton for the first time in doubles, and in their first match together, they clinched the point with a 6-3 win at No. 3 over Campos/Ecton. Gallagher teamed with Weil at No. 2 today, and they also won, 6-3, over Balzert/Forster. Colorado had a 6-4 win at No. 1.
 
The Huskies (10-6, 2-5 Pac-12) will head next to Salt Lake City to take on Utah on Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
 
 
Washington Women's Tennis
April 2, 2021
South Campus Tennis Complex | Boulder, Colo.
 
Washington – 5
Colorado – 2
 
Singles
1. Sara Nayar (Colo) def. (#52) Vanessa Wong (UW) – 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4
2. Sarah-Maude Fortin (UW) def. Maria Campos (Colo) – 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
3. Sedona Gallagher (UW) vs Megan Forster (Colo) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
4. Nika Zupancic (UW) def. Antonia Balzert (Colo) – 7-5, 6-4
5. Tara Chilton (UW) def. Fleur Eggink (Colo) – 7-6 (3), 6-4
6. Ky Ecton (Colo) def. Zoey Weil (UW) – 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 2, 3, 1
 
Doubles
1. Eggink/Nayar (Colo) def. Wong/Fortin (UW) – 6-4
2. Weil/Gallagher (UW) def. Balzert/Forster (Colo) – 6-3
3. Chilton/Zupancic (UW) def. Campos/Ecton (Colo) – 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3