HONOLULU – The University of Washington women’s tennis team picked up a dominant win in their first match of the 2014 season handing the University of Hawaii a 6-1 defeat at the UH Tennis Complex.
Washington captured the doubles point in record time with two teams taking matches with set scores of 6-1. Match play on the top doubles court was stopped with UW’s Riko Shimizu and Elianne Douglas-Miron leading at 3-2.
Not missing a beat, head coach Jill Hultquist’s team went on to win five of the six singles matches. Junior Julija Lukac, clinched the match for the Huskies with a two set victory over Hawaii’s Paulina Petriskova.
Following the match, sophomore Sophia Bott caught up with some of the Husky players to talk about the season-opening win:
As the team’s lone senior, how do you plan to lead this season?
Andjela Nemcevic : I will be working hard and enjoying my match. I hope my willingness and joy to play for the Huskies this last year will be recognized by my teammates and inspire them to do the same.
Describe the Dawgs’ road trip to Hawaii so far:
Riko Shimizu: It’s a great way to kick off the start of the season. Hawaii is the best trip for team bonding with the fun atmosphere and good competition.
What do you love most about this team?
Coach Angelo Niculescu: The camaraderie of the team and the chemistry are infectious!
What was the toughest moment of the day for you?
Natali Allen: I was down 4-1 in the second set. I was getting a little tired and my opponent was pretty consistent. The temperature was hot and I was fading. I came back to 5-5 and lost that second set but it prepared me and I won the tiebreak 10-3!
How did the new NCAA format for Doubles influence your approach to the match?
Elianne Douglas-Miron: The shorter format means we need to be quick with a lot of energy from the first point!
What positives did you see from your team today?
Coach Jill Hulquist: The girls adapted well to the new format and the thing that impressed me the most was how they remained positive and fought hard.
Describe the feeling of winning the last point of the day and clinching the match for the Dawgs:
Julija Lukac: I was just super happy that I won! I had no idea that it was the clinching point! But when I heard it was I just said my famous, YES! movement!
What was the Dawgs’ word of the day?
Angela Chen: ADJE! (Serbian for Come On!)
Order of finish (2, 3, 1)
1. Elianne Douglas-Miron/Riko Shimizu (UW) vs. Xenia Suworowa/Cindy Nguyen (UH), 2-3 (DNF)
2. Julija Lukac/Andjela Nemecivic (UW) def. Paulina Petriskova/Sarah Gealer (UH), 6-1
3. Grace Ysidora/Natali Coronel (UW) def. Rebecca Faltusz/Kelsey Daguio (UH), 6-1
Order of finish: 1, 5, 3, 2, 4, 6
1. Nguyen (UH) def. Douglas-Miron (UW), 6-1, 6-3
2. Ysidora (UW) def. Suworowa (UH), 6-3, 6-3
3. Lukac (UW) def. Petriskova (UH), 6-4, 6-2
4. Nemcevic (UW) def. Gealer (UH), 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 (Super Tie-breaker)
5. Shimizu (UW) def. Faltusz (UH), 6-0, 6-3
6. Coronel (UW) def. Daguio (UH), 6-1, 5-7, 10-3 (Super Tie-breaker)