Dawgs Trek To Spokane Then Back To Host Cougs
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY WOMEN'S TENNIS
Friday, Apr. 16
Washington hosts Washington State, 1:30 p.m.
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SEATTLE - Husky women's tennis will head to the eastern part of the state on Wednesday before returning to Seattle to host their rivals from the eastern part of the state on Friday. The Dawgs will face Gonzaga this Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Spokane and then return for their home finale against Washington State this Friday, Apr. 16, at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Boeing Apple Cup Series. Washington will look to continue the momentum it has built over a three-match win streak, with every remaining match carrying more and more weight as the Huskies seek an NCAA tourney bid.
The match with the Bulldogs was a late addition to the schedule, and UW has also added a final road match next week at San Diego right before the Pac-12 Championships.
Washington improved to 12-6 last Friday with a 4-2 win over Oregon. Nika Zupancic got the win to clinch, and UW has gone 3-0 since her return to the lineup. Tara Chilton and Zoey Weil have both won two straight at the No. 5 and 6 spots, and freshman Sarah-Maude Fortin is on a four match win streak to get to 14-4 on the season.
Gonzaga is 11-5 and 3-1 in West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs on Tuesday just had a road loss at Washington State by a 4-0 count. However Gonzaga had a closer 4-3 loss against WSU earlier in the season and also earned a 4-3 win over Oregon.
Washington defeated the Cougars by a 5-2 count in the teams' first meeting this season, which did not count towards the Pac-12 standings. The Huskies had an incredible comeback and saved match points to win the doubles point, and then had wins at the top four singles spots, all in straight sets. WSU also had a 4-3 win over Oregon last week and with the win over Gonzaga, the Cougars are now 13-11 and are also 4-5 in conference play, with contrasting results to the Huskies being that WSU had a 4-3 upset over USC but lost 3-4 to Colorado. Michaela Bayerlova is ranked 86th in singles.