Huskies Close Strong To Take Down Ducks, 5-2
April 2, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. - 17th-ranked All-Pac-10 junior Venise Chan stepped up in the tense moments for the Washington women's tennis team this afternoon to post the clinching point of a 5-2 win over the Oregon Ducks. The 23rd-ranked Huskies thwarted the Ducks upset bid and improved to 10-4 on the season and 2-3 in Pac-10 play.
Playing indoors at Oregon's Student Tennis Center, Washington opened up a 3-2 lead, but the Ducks won the next two matches and senior Joyce Ardies was down in a third set at No. 5 singles. That put huge importance on Chan's No. 1 singles match against Julia Metzger.
Chan took the first set, 6-4, and led 5-3 in the second set, but Metzger broke back on serve and the two went to a tiebreak. Metzger earned a 5-3 lead in the breaker, but Chan rose to the occasion and won four-straight points to take the tiebreak, 7-5, and clinch the team victory.
Meanwhile, Ardies was not ready to be counted out herself, taking on Emmanuelle Cor, the younger sister of Ardies' former Husky teammate Mathilde Cor. Behind in the decisive set, 4-1, and then 5-3, the senior captain took the final four games to complete a 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 win and push the final score to 5-2 in UW's favor.
The match was a sweet reversal for Chan and Ardies in particular, after a tough 5-2 loss at No. 21 USC last week where they were unable to close out late leads in singles.
Elsewhere, fourth-ranked sophomore Denise Dy stifled Oregon's No. 2, Trudie du Toit, 6-2, 6-0 in the quickest singles match of the day. Dy has won six-straight and is now 11-1 in dual play. Senior Aleksandra Malovic then rolled to a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles over Sabine Fuchs.
The doubles point was a close shave as well for the Huskies, although Ardies and Dy got back on track with a quick 8-2 win over du Toit and Pavlina Smatova. The 14th-ranked pair had lost their first two duals of the season last week. But Oregon came back with an 8-6 win from Metzger and McDevitt over Malovic and Lina Xu at No. 3. At second doubles, Chan and Samantha Smith trailed 7-5 against Cor and Patricia Skowronski, but ran off the final four games to win 9-7 and get the point.
Washington will be back at home next weekend for the final time this season, hosting Stanford on Friday, April 9, and California on Saturday, April 10. Seniors Ardies, Malovic, and Lauren Summers will be honored on Saturday in their final home appearances.
Washington Women's Tennis
No. 23 Washington 5, Oregon 2