SEATTLE – The No. 28 University of Washington women’s tennis team fell to No. 40 Arizona State, 6-1, Friday afternoon at the Bill Quilliam Tennis Center. The match was the Pac-12 opener for both teams as the Dawgs move to 10-3 on the season and 0-1 in league play. Up next for UW is an 11 a.m. match against No. 56 Arizona on Sunday, March 9.
“Overall, I thought everyone fought hard and that we just came out on the short end of the stick,” said head coach Jill Hultquist. “Arizona State is a lot better than what their ranking is and we just have to bounce back on Sunday against Arizona. We know it’s going to get tougher. Arizona State has always been tough for us. We know we have a lot of tough matches ahead and we just have to keep fighting, that’s what our team is all about. It’s been hard not having two of our players due to injuries but we just have to keep on going.”
In doubles action, ASU struck first with an 8-1 win on court two but UW bounced back quickly as Andjela Nemcevic and Angela Chen defeated Ebony Panoho and Joanna Smith, 8-3. Chen saw her first doubles action of the season as the Dawgs are still without Julija Lukac due to an injury sustained a week ago. Elianne Douglas-Miron and Riko Shimizu continued their strong doubles play with an 8-3 win over Leighann Sahagun and Alexandra Osborne.
“I thought our doubles played really well even with Angela Chen in the lineup, who hasn’t played doubles yet this spring season,” said Hultquist. “ She played well with Andjela. I had put them together in practice and I really liked what she did. She’s a smart player, just wish we had more positions because I think she could play doubles and singles for us.”
Heading into singles play, UW’s lineup once again adjusted as Lukac (undefeated at the number three spot this season) had to watch from the stands. Arizona State started on a little bit of a roll as they won three straight-matches in two sets. Kassity Jump outlasted Natali Coronel on court four 6-3, 6-2 followed by Desirae Krawczyk’s 6-4, 6-1 win over Grace Ysidora. On court one, Elianne Douglas-Miron dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to No. 48 Stephanie Vlad, giving Arizona State a 3-1 lead.
The final three courts all went to three sets. Riko Shimizu claimed the first set, 6-1, in her match on court five against Ebony Panoho but the Sun Devil responded with two 6-3, 6-3 wins. Natalie Allen, playing in her first match of the season at the number six spot, also claimed the first set 6-4 and gave Joanna Smith all she had as she rallied in game three before falling 7-6 in a tiebreak.
“Natalie stepped up today in the number six spot,” added Hultquist. “She made her opponent play. That girl had to beat Natalie.Sshe kept a lot of balls in play and fought until the very end. I think Natalie will learn from this but I think it’s good for her to see the competition. She’s got really good spirit.”
Nemcevic, playing in the three spot, had the closest match of the day as she took Leighann Sahagun to three sets as well before falling 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
Up next the Huskies host the Arizona Wildcats at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.
#28 UW 1, #40 Arizona State 6
Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium
Doubles Results (Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1)
1. Douglas-Miron/Shimizu def. Sahagun/Osborne (ASU), 8-3
2. Krawczyk/Jump (ASU) def. Ysidora/Coronel, 8-1
3. Nemcevic/Chen def. Panoho/Smith, 8-3
Singles Results (Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1, 5, 6, 3)
1. Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Elianne Douglas-Miron, 6-3, 6-3
2. Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. Grace Ysidora, 6-4, 6-1
3. Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Andjela Nemcevic, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
4. Kassity Jump (ASU) def. Natali Coronel, 6-3, 6-2
5. Ebony Panoho (ASU) def. Riko Shimizu, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Natalie Allen, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6