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Dawgs Pull Out Second-Straight 4-3 Thriller

Mar 5, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. – It was desert déjà vu for the Husky women's tennis team. For the second day in a row, the Huskies went to the well to pull out a 4-3 road win, and again it came down to the two/three/four singles matches. At Arizona's Robson Tennis Center, Sarah-Maude Fortin and Nika Zupancic reversed the order of Friday's wins, with Fortin scoring the third point and Zupancic left as the last one standing. The Slovenia native finished off the 4-3 win over the Wildcats with a 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3), 6-4 marathon win over Midori Castillo-Meza.
 
On the heels of Friday's 4-3 win over 17th-ranked Arizona State, today's four-and-a-half hour win over 44th-ranked Arizona gave Washington its first desert road trip sweep since 2004. The Huskies got their fourth-straight win, improving to 11-4 on the season but most importantly 2-0 in Pac-12 play.
 

 
Zupancic, Fortin, and Hikaru Sato at court four all battled through grueling three-setters on back-to-back days. Arizona was fresh after its scheduled Friday match was postponed.
 
Today, with the match tied at 2-2, Fortin posted her second-straight three set win, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, over Kayla Wilkins at second singles to make it 3-2 Dawgs. Zupancic had an opportunity to end things in her second set, as she had four match points at 7-6, 5-4, against Castillo-Meza, but the Wildcat saved all four and then went on to win a tiebreak to extend the match. Sato won her first set, 6-2, over Parker Fry, but lost a second set tiebreak. In set three, she came back from 2-5 to make it 5-5, but Fry won the last two games to take it, 5-7, and tie the dual at 3-3.
 
Zupancic got off to a 3-1 lead in the third set but Castillo-Meza came back again to make it 4-4. But the Husky senior kept swinging and finally finished it off with the last two games for the 6-4 third set win.
 
Sophomore Yolanda Lin also came up huge for the second day in a row, as she completed a 2-0 weekend at No. 6 singles. Lin, who only got back in the lineup one week ago, won her third-straight match, 7-5, 6-1, over Belen Nevenhoven.
 
Washington started off the day with a doubles point win, which proved necessary as it so often does. Arizona got a 6-3 win at No. 3 doubles, but Vanessa Wong and Hikaru Sato countered with a 6-4 win at No. 1 over Fry/Iglupas. Then Zupancic and Kelly Leung grabbed the last two games for another 6-4 win at second doubles over Prelle/Wilkins to clinch the point.
 
The Huskies will look to keep the momentum going next Friday at home against a Utah squad enjoying one of its best seasons. First serve will be 1:30 p.m. outdoors at Bill Quillian Stadium.
 
 
Washington Women's Tennis
March 5, 2022
Robson Tennis Center | Tucson, Ariz.
 
No. 33 Washington – 4
No. 44 Arizona – 3
 
Singles
1. Salma Ziouti (Ariz) def. Vanessa Wong (UW) – 6-3, 6-2
2. Sarah-Maude Fortin (UW) def. Kayla Wilkins (Ariz) – 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
3. Nika Zupancic (UW) def. Midori Castillo-Meza (Ariz) – 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3), 6-4
4. Parker Fry (Ariz) def. Hikaru Sato (UW) – 2-6, 7-6, 7-5
5. Khim Iglupas (Ariz) def. Kelly Leung (UW) – 6-3, 7-6
6. Yolanda Lin (UW) def. Belen Nevenhoven (Ariz) – 7-5, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 5, 2, 4, 3
 
Doubles
1. Wong/Sato (UW) def. Fry/Iglupas (Ariz) – 6-4
2. Zupancic/Leung (UW) def. Prelle/Wilkins (Ariz) – 6-4
3. Castillo-Meza/Nevenhoven (Ariz) def. Fortin/Lin (UW) – 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2