No. 36 Dawgs Return Home To Face Portland, Iowa State
Feb. 28, 2013
The Huskies enter the weekend with a record of 6-3, but have lost two-straight matches after a tough road trip at Alabama and Ole Miss. This will be the final weekend of non-conference play, before facing the always grueling Pac-12, which currently has five teams ranked ahead of the Dawgs.
The Dawgs have been led by freshman Grace Ysidora, playing at No. 1 singles. She is 3-6 on the season. Leading the team in wins during the dual matches are Andjela Nemcevic and Julija Lukac. Nemcevic is 6-3 playing at No. 2, while Lukac has the same record playing at No. 4. Nemcevic moved into the national rankings this week and is ranked No. 124 in singles.
Portland enters Friday's match with a record of 5-4. The Pilots most recently defeated Lewis and Clark State after losing to Washington State the previous day. Maja Mladenovic has been playing No. 1 singles for Portland and coming off a straight-set victory at Lewis and Clark. The Dawgs are 22-0 all-time against Portland and defeated the Pilots 7-0 last season.
Sunday, the Dawgs take on Iowa State, who is 1-5 so far this season. The Cyclones lone win came over Stetson back on February 15. Last weekend, Iowa State lost to BYU and UNLV in Las Vegas. Washington has played Iowa State twice all-time and is 2-0 against the Cyclones.
Following this weekend, the Dawgs will travel to the Bay Area to face Stanford and California. Both schools are highly ranked, making it a difficult beginning to the Pac-12 schedule.