Women's Tennis Completes Weekend Sweep With 5-2 Win Over Cougars
March 7, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - Freshman Saskia Nauenberg staged a second-set comeback ending with a tiebreak win at fifth singles to clinch the match for the eighth-ranked Washington women's tennis team, which survived a scare from the Washington State Cougars en route to a 5-2 victory at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies (11-2) dominated the top three singles matches but led only 3-2 with the two remaining matches in doubt before Nauenberg rallied from 3-5 down to force the second set tiebreak where WSU's Zsofia Fodor committed a string of errors to give Washington the contentious victory. The Huskies won all three matches over the weekend homestand, defeating No. 67 San Diego and No. 47 San Diego State Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The top three singles matches flew by with Washington never being threatened in all three. At No. 1 singles, 23rd-ranked junior Dea Sumantri completely shut out Lorena Arias, 6-0, 6-0. Sumantri's dual singles record remains unblemished at 12-0. Senior Claire Carter, ranked 25th, needed only two more games to do away with WSU's Orsi Sallai, 6-2, 6-0 at the second singles slot. Washington's other senior, Erin Hoe, subdued Nora Gaal at third singles 6-1, 6-3 for her seventh straight win at No. 3 singles.
Nauenberg's match at No. 5 singles seemed to be proceeding along a similar path after she took the first set 6-0. But Fodor turned things around in the second set, taking a 5-3 lead and threatening to force a third set while sophomore Dinka Hadzic was battling in a long first set with Chris Martinez at No. 4 singles. But Nauenberg picked up her game with a series of passing shot winners to win three straight games and pull ahead 6-5. Fodor broke back however to force the tiebreak as the Cougar team lined the side of the court urging on their teammate and sensing a possible upset. But the tension quickly faded. Fodor took the first point of the tiebreak then seemed to tighten up, making several errors and Nauenberg ran off seven straight points to ensure the UW of victory. Hadzic then provided the final UW point, winning her first set tiebreak and finishing off Martinez 6-3 in the second.
Doubles play was a sticking point for the Husky women once again, as they dropped the second and third doubles matches to give the Cougars the early 1-0 lead. Washington is 5-8 in the doubles point this season. Carter and Sumantri remain the bright spot as the 19th-ranked tandem hammered WSU's Arias and Fodor 8-0 at No. 1 doubles. Between singles and doubles, Sumantri did not drop a single game against the Cougars.
Pac-10 play swings into action next week for the Huskies as they head to Eugene, Oregon for a rematch with the No. 23 Oregon Ducks. Oregon was ranked 47th when the two first met this year in a nonconference dual which Washington took 5-2 in Seattle. The Ducks have lost five in a row after winning their first nine.
Washington Women's Tennis vs. Washington State