SEATTLE - The No. 40 University of Washington women's tennis team hits the road for a pair of Pac-12 matches at Washington State (Friday, April 4, 11 a.m.) and at Oregon (Sunday, April 6, Noon). The Dawgs are 10-8 on the season an 0-6 in Pac-12 play after falling to No. 2 UCLA and No. 12 USC on March 21 and 23.
The Dawgs (10-8, 0-6) are currently ranked No. 40 in the latest ITA Rankings (April 1) and will be facing their ninth ranked opponens in the last 10 matches this weekend (No. 48 WSU), including eighth straight.
Elianne Douglas-Miron is ranked No. 107in the latest singles rankings and has a 7-7 mark on the season. Additionally her and Riko Shimizu have been strong in the number one doubles spot winning three of their last seven. Julija Lukac holds an 8-5 record at the number three singles spot. The Huskies are coming off of a pair of road losses to No. 12 USC and No. 2 UCLA two weeks ago.
ABOUT THE COUGARS: The Cougars are 15-7 on the season and hold a 1-5 Pac-12 record. They are currently ranked number 48 in the latest ITA rankings and are coming off Pac-12 losses to No. 2 UCLA and No. 12 USC. WSU's Elizaveta Luzina is also ranked 106th in the singles poll. Luzina leads the team with 26 singles wins while Maria Biryukova and Lize Leenknecht have recorded 22 wins.
ABOUT THE DUCKS: The Ducks are returning home to host Washington after being on the road for six-straight matches over nine days. Oregon is 1-1 in Pac-12 play and 6-1 when playing at the Student Tennis Center. Four of the last six matches for the Ducks have been against top 50 teams.
Following the Dawgs trip to Pullman and Eugene, the Huskies return to Seattle to host Colorado (April 12, 11 a.m.) and Utah (April 13, 12 p.m.).
Here's what head coach Jill Hultquist had to say heading into the weekend's matches.
On what the team focused on during the bye weekend:
We gave the team a three-day weekend during their spring break. They practiced a couple days then had a few days off just because our schedule had been so grueling the previous three weekends. They got some rest, they regrouped and when they came back on Monday they seemed in much better spirits. During those three weeks of competition against such tough opponents, they seemed to have a lot more on their shoulders and this week they seemed to have let that go.
On what to expect out of Washington State:
I think WSU is going to be a battle for us. They're 48 in the rankings and they're always feisty. We always have good battles with them. It's going to be a tough match for us.
On what to expect out of Oregon:
They're not ranked but they're always scrappy. I always feel like when you're playing your rivals, rankings go out the window. You're just playing for those bragging rights amongst the three of us.
On Elianne Douglas-Miron:
She might not have the best win-loss percentages but I think she has battled really, really hard and is finally seeing the talent that she has. I think beating Lacey Smyth from Arizona, that was a great win for her so I think that helped. I think she's coming into her own and realizing the potential that she has now.
On the doubles play:
I've always prided our doubles and thought we have had good teams. I think if we play the way that we are capable of, I’ll feel really confident going into the matches with these pairs.