No. 48 Huskies Take Down No. 43 Purdue, 5-2
Feb. 16, 2008
SEATTLE - The 48th-ranked Husky women's tennis team ran its win streak to seven matches, upsetting the No. 43 Purdue Boilermakers, 5-2, today at the Mercer Island Country Club. Washington (7-1) has defeated three higher-ranked opponents on its rise through the rankings.
The Huskies were forced to travel for their own home match, as the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships occupies the Nordstrom Tennis Center all weekend. The change of venue may have been an issue in doubles, as the Huskies started slowly and Purdue won the top two doubles matches to take the early 1-0 lead. The Huskies got a win at No. 3, where Aleksandra Malovic and Vanja Radunovic defeated Anna Dzeva and Whitney Reys, 8-5.
Washington came roaring back in singles play. Freshman Aleksandra Krsljanin was called on for singles due to health issues to both Allison Rainey and Kelsey Anonsen. Krsljanin responded with her most impressive victory of her young career, defeating Whitney Reys, 6-0, 6-2. Radunovic, also a freshman, downed Alejandra Boeker, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.
Purdue scored a point at second singles, where Cigdem Duru defeated Malovic in straight sets, but Washington got a key victory from Joyce Ardies at No. 4 singles over Dzeva, 7-5, 6-1, putting UW ahead 3-2.
Senior Tara Simpson got the honor of clinching the victory. Simpson pulled out a first set tiebreak against Joanna Craven at No. 3, then served out the match, 6-3, in the second set. Simpson is now 8-0 in dual play.
A few minutes later, freshman Venise Chan matched Simpson's 8-0 mark, persevering for a 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 win over Brooke Beier in the top singles match. Chan has now won 11-straight singles matches.
"I thought we came out flat, and it was not looking good. But we talked it over before singles and were able to get things straightened out," said head coach Jill Hultquist. "We really fought hard today. Aleks (Krsljanin) stepped into the No. 6 spot for us and got a big win. To have two girls out of our lineup today and still get the win gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. That is the biggest difference between the past two years and this one, that if someone can't go, another girl can step up and get the job done."
This win avenged a 7-0 sweep at the hands of the Boilermakers last season in Indiana. UW's seven-match win streak is now the longest since a 10-match run in 2003. The Huskies will seek their eighth-straight win tomorrow against No. 68 Illinois at 12 noon at the Mercer Island Country Club.
Washington Women's Tennis
No. 48 Washington 5, No. 43 Purdue 2