SEATTLE – The No. 24 University of Washington women’s tennis team picked up its ninth win of the season as it outlasted No. 61 TCU, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. It was the fifth win over a ranked opponent this year for the Dawgs, who are now 9-2. UW continues its non-conference slate on Sunday, March 1 against Sacramento State (noon).
The Huskies started the day with a loss in doubles action as the Horned Frogs claimed all three matches. It was just the fourth time this year that UW has lost the doubles point but as the Huskies have proven, being down 1-0 heading into singles play is something they can overcome.
“Our doubles was definitely off today and a lot of the girls had midterms and they were extremely tired so I could just kind of see that they were out of sorts a little bit, but we’ve got a team of fighters,” said head coach Jill Hultquist. “It’s always nice to win the doubles point but when we don’t, I always know that we’re going to come out fighting in singles play and that’s what we did, it was a full team effort today.”
Elianne Douglas-Miron put the Dawgs up 2-1 with a huge singles victory in the number one spot. The sophomore, who’s currently ranked No. 111 by the ITA, cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 53 Stefanie Tan. Douglas-Miron handed Tan her first loss of the year as the Husky sophomore picked up her second win in the number one spot this year and her first over a ranked opponent.
“That was a great win for Elianne,” Hultquist added. “It was a perfect match up for her and the fact that her opponent was ranked makes it even better. She played very well today.”
Julija Lukac did as she has done all season with a 6-3, 6-2 win in the number three spot to stay undefeated on the season and put the Dawgs up 3-1. The Horned Frogs didn’t go away though as Simona Parajova picked up a 7-5, 6-3 win on court two over Grace Ysidora and Seda Arantekin claimed a 6-1, 7-5 (7-6) victory over Andjela Nemcevic on court four to tie the match up at 3-3.
For the second-straight match, the Huskies outcome came down to the final match and this week it was UW who came out on top as Natali Cornel came back to beat Tatum Nowlin 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“We’ve been in that situation before, our match with Long Beach State was kind of the same way,” said Hultquist. “I thought our girls did a good job of staying focused in singles play to get the win.”
The Huskies return to the courts at the NTC on Sunday at Noon as they host Sacramento State.
#24 UW 4, #61 TCU 3
Nordstrom Tennis Center
Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3)
1. Arantekin/Tan (TCU) def. Douglas-Miron/Shimizu, 8-2
2. Sirilova/Parajova (TCU) def. Ysidora/Coronel, 8-6
3. Kadzhaya/Nowlin def. Lukac Nemcevic, 8-7 (7-2)
Singles (Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3, 2, 4, 6)
1. #111 Elianne Douglas-Miron def. #53 Stefanie Tan (TCU), 6-1, 6-3
2. Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Grace Ysidora, 7-5, 6-3
3. Julija Lukac def. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Seda Arantekin (TCU) def. Andjela Nemcevic, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Riko Shimizu def. Monika Sirilova (TCU), 2-0 (retired)
6. Natali Coronel def. Tatum Nowlin (TCU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3