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Fortin Clinches 4-3 Win At No. 17 Arizona State

Mar 4, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – Earlier this season the Husky women's tennis team notched its first ever road win at UCLA. Today the Huskies reached deep to end another long road drought, toppling 17th-ranked Arizona State by a 4-3 count at the Whiteman Tennis Center for their first victory in Tempe since 2004. Washington (10-4, 1-0 Pac-12) clinched the win in the Pac-12 opener thanks to consecutive three-set wins from Nika Zupancic and Sarah-Maude Fortin.
 
Singles wins from Yolanda Lin and Vanessa Wong had put two Husky points on the board, but the Sun Devils (7-3, 0-1 Pac-12) held a 3-2 lead with UW needing the final two matches going at No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
 
Zupancic tied it up at 3-3, as she pulled away in her final set to defeat former teammate Sedona Gallagher, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2, at third singles.
 
At No. 2 singles, Fortin faced Domenika Turkovic, and moved ahead late in the third set at 5-3. She served for the match and had match points at 40-15, but Turkovic saved three match points in a row to break for 5-4. But Fortin came right back and worked her way to match points again on Turkovic's serve, and finished it off on her fourth overall chance, setting off the Husky celebration with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win.
 
The match took five hours from start to finish as a rain delay and a lightning delay broke up the action.
 
Washington last beat Arizona State twice in the 2019 season, once in Seattle and once on neutral courts at the Pac-12 Championship, but the last road win was back in 2004. The Huskies now have two top-20 road wins this season, as UCLA was ranked No. 4 when the Huskies upset the Bruins in ITA Kickoff Weekend.
 
Wong picked up the 108th win of her career, now three away from tying the school record, as she defeated Giulia Morlet, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 1 singles spot. Lin got her second-straight win at No. 6 singles, as she beat Natasha Hill, 6-3, 6-0.
 
Arizona State took the early lead with wins at first and second doubles to clinch the doubles point. Patricija Spaka had a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles over Kelly Leung. Then Cali Jankowski pulled out another thriller at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5, over Hikaru Sato, which at the time made it 3-2 in favor of ASU.
 
Washington won't have much time to soak up its win, however, as UW heads to Tucson to play Arizona tomorrow at 11 a.m. Pacific time.
 
 
Washington Women's Tennis
March 4, 2022
Whiteman Tennis Center | Tempe, Ariz.
 
No. 33 Washington – 4
No. 17 Arizona State – 3
 
Singles
1. Vanessa Wong (UW) def. Giulia Morlet (ASU) – 6-2, 6-4
2. Sarah-Maude Fortin (UW) def. Domenika Turkovic (ASU) – 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
3. Nika Zupancic (UW) def. Sedona Gallagher (ASU) – 7-5, 1-6, 6-2
4. Cali Jankowski (ASU) def. Hikaru Sato (UW) – 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
5. Patricija Spaka (ASU) def. Kelly Leung (UW) – 6-0, 6-3
6. Yolanda Lin (UW) def. Natasha Hill (ASU) – 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 4, 3, 2
 
Doubles
1. (#49) Spaka/Turkovic (ASU) def. Wong/Sato (UW) – 6-3
2. Morlet/Gallagher (ASU) def. Zupancic/Leung (UW) – 6-0
3. Fortin/Lin (UW) vs. Hill/Jankowski (ASU) – 2-5, DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1