SEATTLE – The University of Washington women’s tennis team earned its second-straight Pac-12 win with a 4-1 victory over Colorado Saturday afternoon out at the Bill Quillian Tennis Center. The Dawgs move to 12-9 overall and 2-7 in league action with one final Pac-12 match left in the regular season.
“I was proud of the team today to not let any pressure get to them,” said head coach Jill Hultquist. “We’ve been struggling and the loss to WSU really opened our eyes, so now to have two wins in a row, we’re going in tomorrow’s match against Utah with a little more confidence. They know what’s on the line but I think they responded really well”
The Huskies, ranked No. 48, jumped out early in doubles play with two dominating wins on courts two and three that took just 40 minutes. Grace Ysidora and Natali Coronel posted an 8-1 victory over Carla Manzi-Tenorio and Winde Janssens at number two doubles followed by Andjela Nemcevic and Julija Lukac’s 8-2 decision on court three. Elianne Douglas-Miron and Riko Shimizu were leading 5-2 on court one when UW clinched the point.
“It was big for us to get the doubles point,” added Hultquist. “When you have these kind of pressure situation where you know you have to keep winning, I’ve always felt that the teams knows, but I really put it out there for the team yesterday and today just telling them ‘you know what, it’s a big weekend, we could either go to NCAAs after this weekend or we could not’. I put pressure on them and am happy they came out so strong today.”
Coronel and Shimizu continued the Huskies strong play in singles action with back-to-back straight-set wins on courts five and six. Coronel easily handled Ashley Tiefel, 6-1, 6-1 while Shimizu cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Dhany Quevedo to put UW up 3-0.
The remaining four singles matches at the top of the lineup were a little closer as all four went to three sets but it was the Dawg’s lone senior, Andjela Nemcevic who clinched the win for UW on court four. Nemcevic closed out the first set at 6-3 but dropped her second 3-6. In the final set she came out on top with a 6-4 win and her first singles win in Pac-12 play this year.
“Andjela’s opponent was really tenacious, so for her to close that out was really big for her confidence, since she hasn’t been winning as much lately,” said Hultquist. “I hope it gives her confidence going in to tomorrow feeling like her game is back. She played a pretty good match and had to really dig deep to close it out.”
The Huskies conclude Pac-12 play on Sunday, April 13 with a home match against No. 36 Utah at Noon at the Bill Quillian Tennis Center.
#48 UW 4, Colorado 1
April 12, 2014
Seattle, Wash. / Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium
Doubles Results (Order of Finish: 2, 3)
1. Douglas Miron/Shimizu (WASH) led Steur/Tiefel (COLO), 5-2, susp.
2. Ysidora/Coronel (WASH) def. Manzi/Janssens (COLO), 8-1
3. Nemcevic/Lukac (WASH) def. Quevedo/Alkhovik (COLO), 8-2
Singles Results (Order of Finish: 5, 6, 3, 4)
1.Elianne Douglas-Miron (WASH) v. Julyette Steur (COLO), 6-3, 6-7, susp.
2. Grace Ysidora (WASH) v. Winde Janssens (COLO), 3-6, 6-4, 4-3, susp.
3. Nuria Ormeno-Ruiz (COLO) def. Julija Lukac (WASH), 2-6, 7-6, 6-3
4. Andjela Nemcevic (WASH) def. Carla Manzi-Tenorio (COLO), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
5. Natali Coronel (WASH) def. Ashley Tiefel (COLO), 6-1, 6-1
6. Riko Shimizu (WASH) def. Dhany Quevedo (COLO), 6-1, 6-2