Dawgs Get Rematch With WSU TO Start Pac-12s
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY WOMEN'S TENNIS
Apr. 20-23, Ojai, Calif.
Ojai Valley Athletic Club and Libbey Park
SEATTLE -- The Pac-12 Women's Tennis Championships return to Ojai, Calif. this week and Washington will open up its tournament run this Wednesday, getting a quick rematch against rival Washington State in the first round. The seventh-seeded Huskies will battle 10th-seeded WSU at 12 noon live on Pac-12 Networks, with the match taking place at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club.
After the cancelation of the 2020 tournament and a one-year relocation to San Diego in 2021, the tournament returns to its long-time home in Ojai this year. The event runs from Wednesday, Apr. 20, to Saturday, Apr. 23. The top-five teams in the regular season standings earned first round byes, with six teams competing on Wednesday to set the quarterfinals. The winner of the second Apple Cup will advance to play No. 2 UCLA on Thursday at 3 p.m.
The Dawgs dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to the Cougars last Friday in Pullman, but the Huskies get another shot at the Cougars now on a neutral court. Last Friday, WSU won the doubles point and took the first two singles matches for a 3-0 lead, before the Huskies came back with three wins in a row from Yolanda Lin, Hikaru Sato, and Zoey Weil to tie it at 3-3. But WSU got a three set win on court five to clinch.
Washington closed out the regular season with a 14-10 record and a 4-6 mark in Pac-12 play. UW battled injuries down the stretch and will go into the Pac-12 tourney without Sarah-Maude Fortin, who held a 14-3 record at No. 2 singles before suffering a foot injury. But the Dawgs got back into the win column on Senior Day in their home finale on Sunday, sweeping San Francisco in a match highlighted by senior Vanessa Wong tying the UW all-time singles wins record with her 111th career victory.
Last year at the Pac-12 tourney, the Huskies beat Arizona in the first round before dropping a 4-2 match in the quarterfinals to No. 2 Stanford. Washington's best run came in 2019, where it made the semifinals and lost a 4-3 dual to UCLA prior to an NCAA Round of 16 run.