SEATTLE - The No. 42 University of Washington women's tennis team returns home to continue Pac-12 play as it hosts No. 2 UCLA and No. 12 USC this weekend. First up, the Huskies will face the Bruins on Friday at 1:30 p.m. out at the Bill Quillian Tennis Courts then the Trojans come to town on Sunday, March 23 at Noon. The Dawgs are 10-6 on the season an 0-4 in Pac-12 play after falling to No. 4 Stanford and No. 16 California last weekend.
The Dawgs (10-6) are currently ranked No. 42 in the latest ITA Rankings (March 18) and will be facing their seventh and eighth ranked opponents in the last nine matches this weekend, including six straight. UW is 6-3 when playing in Seattle.
Elianne Douglas-Miron is ranked No. 97 in the latest singles rankings and has a 4-7 ranking at the number one spot including three wins in her last six matches. Additionally her and Riko Shimizu have been strong in the number one doubles spot winning three of their last five. The Huskies are coming off of a pair of road losses at No. 4 Stanford and No. 16 California last weekend.
ABOUT THE BRUINS: UCLA dropped one spot in the national rankings to number two this week and currently boast a 14-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in conference play with shutout wins over Colorado and Utah. The Bruins have five singles players ranked in the top 50 nationally led by No. 4 Robin Anderson, No. 9 Chanelle Van Nguyen and No. 16 Jennifer Brady. UCLA also ahs the top doubles team in the country in Jennifer Brady and Robin Anderson. The duo of Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips is ranked No. 6.
ABOUT THE TROJANS: The Trojans, who opened the season ranked No. 5, are currently 12th nationally and hold an 11-4 overall record and a 2-0 Pac-12 mark. Four Trojans are ranked nationally in singles play. Junior Sabrina Santamaria, who suffered a season-ending injury, is still ranked the No. 17 player in the country. USC also has No. 25 Zoe Scandalis, No. 71 Guiliana Olmos and No. 76 Zoe Katz. In doubles play, the Trojans have the third-best team in the nation in Olmos and Scandalis followed by Brynn Boren and Katz at No. 16.
Following the two L.A. school's visit to Seattle, the Dawgs have a week off before they head to Pullman to face the Cougars on Friday, April 4 (11 a.m.). They wrap up that weekend with a match at Oregon on Sunday, April 6 at 12 p.m.