SEATTLE – The No. 28 University of Washington women’s tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss to No. 56 Arizona on Sunday afternoon wrapping up a tough conference opening weekend for the Dawgs (10-4, 0-2 Pac-12). The Huskies continue Pac-12 play next weekend as they head to Stanford and California on Friday and Saturday for their first matches away from home since Jan. 25.
“Arizona played well but over the last couple of matches, it’s hurt that we haven’t had our full team available,” said head coach Jill Hultquist. “We knew Arizona would come in fighting and that it was going to be a dog fight with them as it usually is. All I ask of our girls is that they compete and I thought they did today, but just came up short.”
Elianne Douglas-Miron highlighted action for the Huskies as she and Riko Shimizu easily won their doubles match 8-1 over Arizona’s Shayne Austin and Lacey Smyth. The Wildcats went on to take the doubles point with an 8-4 win on court two over Grace Ysidora and Natali Coronel and an 8-3 on court three over Andjela Nemcevic and Angela Chen.
In singles action, Douglas-Miron continued her strong play cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 victory in the number one spot over Smyth to tie the match up at 1-1. Douglas-Miron has now won three of her last four singles matches after being moved to the number one spot, including two wins over ranked opponents.
“I thought Elianne’s play was outstanding, she really put together a great match today,” added Hultquist. “When I saw Elianne play in the juniors, I knew she had that capability and I think we’re starting to see more that out of her. Her and Riko’s doubles play has also been really strong.”
With the match tied up at one, the Wildcats went on to win the next five to take the match with a 6-1 victory. Kim Stubbe, who is ranked No. 85, won on court two with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Grace Ysidora while Laura Oldham outlasted Natalie Allen, who was playing in just her second match, 6-3, 6-0 on court six.
Arizona followed that up with a 6-2, 7-5 victory on court five over Riko Shimizu while Akihal James was able to get past undefeated Julija Lukac, 0-6, 6-4, 6-0. Lukac was playing in her first match since suffering an injury against Sacramento State. Andjela Nemcevic won her first set over Lauren Marker but lost the second 7-5 and fell 10-3 in the 10-point tiebreaker which was used as Arizona had already clinched the match.
The Huskies will now hit the road for the first time since Jan. 25 as they head to Stanford and California for matches on March 15 and 16, respectively.
“We’ve got some tough matches coming up where we’ll be playing some top 10 and 15 schools so we know it’s going to continue to be tough,” said Hultquist. “I think the good news is that I think we competed really well at the beginning of the season to set ourselves up so if we have to take a few hits, hopefully it’s not going to hurt us too badly. I think we’re still in a good position to make the postseason and potentially pull off some upsets.”
#28 UW 1, #56 Arizona 6
Nordstrom Tennis Center
Doubles Results (Order of Finish, 3, 2, 1)
1. Elianne Douglas-Miron/Riko Shimizu def. Austin/Smyth (Arizona), 8-1
2. Stubbe/Marker (Arizona) def. Ysisdora/Coronel, 8-4
3. McRann/James (Arizona) def. Nemcevic/Chen, 8-3
Singles Results (Order of Finish: 1, 2, 6, 5, 3, 4)
1. Elianne Douglas-Miron def. Lacey Smyth (Arizona), 6-2-, 6-0
2. Kim Stubbe (Arizona) def. Grace Ysidora, 6-2, 6-2
3. Akilah James (Arizona) def. Julija Lukac, 0-6, 6-4, 6-0
4. Lauren Marker (Arizona) def. Andjela Nemcevic, 4-6, 7-5, 10-3
5. Shayne Austin (Arizona) def. Riko Shimizu, 6-2, 7-5
6. Laura Oldham (Arizona) def. Natalie Allen, 6-3, 6-0