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Close Match Goes To No. 14 Auburn

Feb 12, 2022

MADISON, Wisc. – Another solid effort from the 16th-ranked Husky women's tennis team was not quite enough to top a ranked SEC opponent, but UW will have another chance at it on Sunday against a talented Florida team. Washington (6-2) dropped a 4-1 match to the 14th-ranked Tigers today in consolation play at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at Wisconsin.
 
As with Friday's match against Georgia, the final score could have ended up much closer, but the matches Washington was leading weren't able to finish at the time its opponent reached the clinching fourth point. The exception was sophomore Sarah-Maude Fortin, who had a 6-1, 6-3 win over 116th-ranked Ariana Arseneault at No. 2 singles, which at the time made it 2-1 Auburn.
 
At the time of the clincher, Vanessa Wong was up a set and even in the second set, 7-6, 2-2, against 49th-ranked Selin Ovunch. And Hikaru Sato was one game away from victory, leading 6-4, 5-2 against Adeline Flach at fourth singles.
 
But Auburn (8-1) had three straight set singles wins combined with the doubles point to take the match. Yu Chen defeated freshman Kelly Leung, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 6 singles, then Georgia Axon held off Tara Chilton, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 5 singles, and Carolyn Ansari pulled away from Nika Zupancic at the No. 3 spot, 7-5, 6-1.
 
Auburn had 6-2 wins at both second and third doubles to clinch the point. That deprived Wong and Sato of a potential ranked win in doubles, as they led 5-2 at the No. 1 spot against 43rd-ranked Arseneault/Ovunc when the point was clinched.
 
Tomorrow UW will finish up its stay at National Team Indoors, taking on 13th-ranked Florida bright and early, at 7 a.m. Pacific time.
 
 
Washington Women's Tennis
ITA National Team Indoor Championships – Consolation
February 12, 2022
Nielsen Tennis Center | Madison, Wisc.
 
No. 14 Auburn – 4
No. 16 Washington – 1
 
Singles
1. Vanessa Wong (UW) vs. (#49) Selin Ovunc (AUB) – 7-6 (8), 2-2, DNF
2. Sarah-Maude Fortin (UW) def. (#116) Ariana Arseneault (AUB) – 6-1, 6-3
3. (#125) Carolyn Ansari (AUB) def. (#98) Nika Zupancic (UW) – 7-5, 6-1
4. Hikaru Sato (UW) vs. Adeline Flach (AUB) – 6-4, 5-2, DNF
5. Georgie Axon (AUB) def. Tara Chilton (UW) – 6-4, 6-1
6. Yu Chen (AUB) def. Kelly Leung (UW) – 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 5, 3
 
Doubles
1. Wong/Sato (UW) vs. (#43) Arseneault/Ovunc (AUB) – 5-2, DNF
2. Flach/Axon (AUB) def. Zupancic/Fortin (UW) – 6-2
3. Meredith/Ansari (AUB) def. Leung/Weil (UW) – 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2