No. 47 Washington Faces No. 54 Hawai'i, Cal Poly
Jan. 18, 2013
Washington is coming off a convincing victory over Seattle U. to begin the season. In that match, the Huskies did not drop a single set, winning 7-0. Grace Ysidiro led Washington, earning the victory at No. 1 singles in her first dual match of the freshman's career.
The Huskies got dominate play throughout the lineup against Seattle U., including Andjela Nemcevic at No. 2 singles, Elliane Douglas-Miron at No. 3 and Julija Lukac at No. 4. Riko Shimizu and Natali Coronel rounded out the lineup that did not lose a set and only lost seven games overall.
Hawai'i will pose a difficult test for Washington, especially on their home court. The Rainbows do not have a ranked singles player, but overall have a strong team. Senior Katarina Poljakova leads Hawai'i, having amassed 48 wins over her career. She is joined by key returners Kelsey Dagiuio, Rebecca Faltusz, Martina Kostalova and Xenia Suworowa.
Sunday, the Dawgs will face Cal Poly in a neutral-site matchup. The Mustangs opened the season with an easy 7-0 win over UC Santa Cruz. In that match, Louise Oxnevad played No. 1 singles and easily disposed of her opponent, 6-1, 6-4. Similar to Washington in its opener, Cal Poly did not lose a set and will come to Hawai'i high on confidence.
Following this weekend's action, the Dawgs will stay on the road, as it begins qualifying for National Team Indoors. Washington faces San Francisco in Los Angeles in the opener and then if it advances would face the winner of UCLA and San Diego.