The Huskies claimed the first doubles match as Julija Lukac and Andjela Nemcevic breezed past Saroop Dhatt and Marina Reimers, 8-3. Portland tied it up with Sophie van Den Aarrsen and Jelena Lazarevic defeating Elianne Douglas-Miron and Riko Shimizu, 8-5 but the Dawgs would go on to take the point as Grace Ysidora and Natali Coronel cruised to an 8-2 win in their match.
“We were feeling pretty good about winning the doubles point even after it was 1-1,” said head coach Jill Hultquist. “I’ve been really proud of our doubles teams and how they’ve been performing. I feel like we’re sort of back on track from where we were last year when we would usually win the doubles point.”
Freshman Angela Chen, playing in her first singles match of the year, quickly put UW up 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Katy Krauel. Despite only seeing doubles action this year, the freshman eased to her first win and the Huskies second 6-0, 6-0 singles victory of the season.
“I had told her that if we won the doubles point that she would probably play singles,” said Hultquist. “She hasn't had a lot of playing time this spring so it’s hard because you don’t know how they’re going to react. She’s a really talented player and was excited to play in front of her friends and family. She responded really well, started off tough and just kept rolling.”
Following her win, the Dawgs dropped the No. 1 match but quickly bounced back as Julija Lukac stayed perfect at the number three spot with her 6-2, 6-0 win over Jelena Lazarevic to put UW up 3-1.
“Julija is playing really well,” Hultquist added.” She’s a difficult person to play. She might not be the most traditional tennis player but she always gets the job done and she knows how to win.”
Riko Shimizu gave UW the clinching win after she rolled to a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Emily Gould. The final two singles matches each went to three sets, with UW coming out on top both times. Douglas-Miron and Nemcevic each won their first set, dropped the second before rallying take the third and the victory. Douglas-Miron defeated van Den Aarrsen, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 while Nemcevic outlasted Dhatt, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
The Huskies continue their homestand with a Noon match on Sunday, Feb. 23 against the 64th-ranked Houston Cougars.
“It’s going to have to be a big team effort tomorrow,” Hultquist previewed. “ I know the coach and he recruits well. We’re going to be the highest ranked team that they have played so far. I know that it’s going to be a fight tomorrow.”
Doubles Results (Finishing Order: 3,1,2)
1. Van Den Aarrsen/Lazarevic (Portland) def. Douglas-Miron/Shimizu, 8-5
2. Ysidora/Coronel def. Mladenovic/Gould (Portland), 8-2
3. Lukac/Nemcevic def. Dhatt/Reimers (Portland), 8-3
Singles Results (Finishing Order: 6,1,3,5,2,4)
1. Maja Mladenovic (Portland) def. Grace Ysidora, 6-1, 6-3
2. Elianne Douglas-Miron def. Sophie van Den Aarrsen (Portland), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
3. Julija Lukac def. Jelena Lazarevic (Portland), 6-2, 6-0
4. Andjela Nemcevic def. Saroop Dhatt (Portland), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
5. Riko Shimizu def. Emily Gould (Portland), 6-4, 6-1
6. Angela Chen def. Katy Krauel (Portland), 6-0, 6-0