No. 24 Huskies Visit No. 15 UCLA, No. 21 USC
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY WOMEN'S TENNIS
Friday, Apr. 1, Los Angeles
No. 24 Washington at No. 15 UCLA, 1:30 p.m. | Live Video and Scores
Saturday, Apr. 2, Los Angeles
No. 24 Washington at No. 21 USC, 12 p.m. | Live Video and Scores
SEATTLE -- The 24th-ranked Huskies head to L.A. with a challenging but golden opportunity to ascend the Pac-12 standings and the national rankings as they visit two top-25 rivals in 15th-ranked UCLA and 21st-ranked USC. Washington won for the first time ever at UCLA back in January at the ITA Kickoff Weekend and will be looking to repeat the feat this Friday, Apr. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Following the rematch with the Bruins, the Huskies will take on the Trojans for the first time this season on Saturday, Apr. 2, at 12 noon at Marks Stadium.
Washington (13-5, 4-1 Pac-12) is looking to rebound after a difficult road loss at Oregon last time out on Sunday. The Huskies had been off for two weeks prior to the match and fell in too big of a hole against the Ducks to lose for the first time in conference play. But the Dawgs can keep themselves in the Pac-12 regular season hunt and also in the mix for NCAA Championship hosting if they can take down the L.A. squads.
UCLA has only lost one other match since the Huskies upset the Bruins in January. The Bruins, however, canceled their past four matches due to Covid-19 regulations, and have not played since Mar. 12. UCLA is 8-3 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play beating the Arizona schools and the Mountain schools. Abbey Forbes ranks 47th and Elysia Bolton is 67th to lead UCLA. Kimmi Hance is also ranked at No. 125. In doubles, Forbes and Ava Catanzarite rank 33rd, Bolton and Elise Wagle rank 41st, and Wagle and Vanessa Ong rank 57th. In the first meeting with UCLA, the Huskies pulled out a tight doubles point with wins at the second and third spots, and then had singles wins from Sarah-Maude Fortin, Nika Zupancic, and Hikaru Sato, at the 2-3-4 spots, to earn the 4-3 victory.
The Trojans are 10-10 and 3-3 in conference this year, and will host the Cougars on Friday. USC had road losses at Stanford (5-2) and Cal (4-3) last weekend and also had a road loss at Utah, with Pac-12 wins over Colorado, Arizona State, and Arizona. USC has several ranked individuals. Eryn Cayetano ranks sixth nationally. Salma Ewing, the normal No. 1 singles starter, ranks 41st. Then Snow Han and Naomi Cheong rank 77th and 78th. Ewing and Han rank 30th in doubles and Cayetano and Grace Piper rank 64th.