SEATTLE –The University of Washington women’s tennis team plays host to two more opponents this weekend as a part of 11-straight matches at the Nordstrom Tennis Center for the Huskies. First up is No. 61 TCU on Saturday, March 1 at Noon followed by a meeting with Sacramento State on Sunday, March 2 at Noon.
The Huskies, who jumped up to No. 24 in the latest ITA rankings, are currently 8-2 on the season including a 5-1 mark at home. The Dawgs are led by Elianne Douglas-Miron, who’s currently ranked No. 111 in singles action, along with Julija Lukac who is currently undefeated on the season with a 7-0 record at the number three spot.
Scouting the Horned Frogs: TCU is currently 4-5 on the year and most recently snapped a four-match losing streak with their 4-3 win over SMU. They are currently at No. 61 in the latest rankings as of Feb. 25 The Horned Frogs lineup features junior Stefanie Tan who is currently ranked no. 53 in the nation and was a 2013 ITA All-American, 2013 NCAA Singles Sweet 16 competitor along with earning a spot on the 2013 All-Big 12 Singles Team.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE: Sacramento State is 1-5 on the season with their lone win coming over UTEP (5-2). Sacramento’s lineup features Jennifer who was an All-Big Sky First Team player in 2013 after posting a 14-10 overall singles mark along with a perfect 10-0 Big Sky record.
Here’s what head coach Jill Hultquist had to say heading into this weekend’s matches:
What have you done with the team this week to prepare for two more tough matches?
“We’ve been working on a few things that some of the girls have not done as well as we’d like so we’ve tried to concentrate on the little points a minor details to get them feeling more confidence. We also gave them a few days off because we’ve really been playing and grinding a lot lately. These weeks are long, even with us being home, so it’s been a bit of a grind and I think having a few days off will do a lot for our girls to feel more refreshed and ready on Saturday.”
Julija has been so effective at the number three spot, what has she been doing specifically?
“Well she has definitely been consistent. She’s a very unique individual as a player and sometimes complains that she’s not playing competitive enough. But, I mean she’s undefeated on the season at that spot, so really there’s no need to change how she’s playing. It really speaks to her competitive side that she’s concerned about her game even though she hasn’t lost. She’s a very competitive and talented player and is especially unique in how she plays her game.”
How important is it to finish your non-conference slate on a strong note?
“It’s really important because we have to try to get to 11 wins to be eligible for the NCAAs. The Pac-12 is one of the strong conferences in the country, it’s got five teams in the top 25, three in the top 10 and two in the five, so we want to finish these non-conference games at home strong to have a good winning percentage heading into league action. It will give us a little bit of a cushion win-wise and will also do a lot for our confidence as we start to play those ranked teams.”