BERKELEY, Calif. – The University of Washington women’s tennis team, ranked 43rd nationally, remained in the hunt for a berth to the ITA Indoor National Championships on Friday as it picked up a 4-3 win over No. 50 UNLV at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in California. With the win, the Huskies remained undefeated moving to 3-0 on the season.
Freshman Grace Ysidora clinched the match for the Dawgs as she took part in the longest and final match of the night. Battling Aleksandra Josifoska, Ysidora claimed the first set 7-6 (11) before falling 2-6 in the second. The third match was the defining one though as she went on to win 12-10 giving UW the match victory.
Also claiming singles wins on Friday were Julija Lukac, Riko Shimizu and Natalie Allen who all won in straight sets. Lukac took a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Anett Ferenczi-Bako in the quickest singles match of the day while Shimiziu’s was also a straight-set win with her defeat over Iren Kotseva 6-2, 6-4. Additionally Allen picked up a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Paola Artiga.
The Huskies lost the doubles point though with Natalie Coronel and Ysoidora grabbing the only win, 6-1. Elianne Douglas-Miron and Riko Shimizu fell 7-6 (5) while Andjela Nemcevic and Lukac dropped a 7-6 (2) decision in their match.
Up next for the Dawgs is a match against California on Saturday with the winner earning the right to advance to the indoor national championships.
No. 43 Washington (3-0) def. No. 50 UNLV (0-1), 4-3
1: Lucia Batta/Santa Shumilina (UNLV) def. Elianne Douglas-Miron/Riko Shimizu (UW) – 7-6(5)
2: Natali Coronel/Grace Ysidora (UW) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako/Artiga (UNLV) – 6-1
3: Iren Kotseva/Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Andjela Nemcevic/Julija Lukac (UW) – 7-6(2)
UNLV captured the doubles point.
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1.
1: Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Elianne Douglas-Miron (UW) – 7-6(2), 6-4
2: Grace Ysidora (UW) def. Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) – 7-6(11), 2-6, 12-10
3: Julija Lukac (UW) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV) – 6-0, 6-2
4: Santa Shumilina (UNLV) def. Andjela Nemcevic (UW) – 3-6, 6-3, 10-6
5: Riko Shimizu (UW) def. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) – 6-2, 6-4
6: Natalie Allen (UW) def. Paola Artiga (UNLV) – 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 1, 6, 4, 2.