No. 31 Washington Begins Pac-12 Play In The Bay Area
March 8, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. --No. 31 Washington begins Pac-12 play this weekend with a trip to the Bay Area to face No. 20 Stanford and No. 18 California. The Dawgs will first take on the Cardinal at the Taube Tennis Center on Friday at 1:30 p.m., followed by facing the Bears on Saturday at noon.
Washington improved to 8-3 last weekend after returning home to defeat Portland and Iowa State at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Dawgs lost just one of 14 points over the weekend, including going 4-0 in doubles matches.
No. 124 Andjela Nemcevicwon a pair of singles matches as she debuted at No. 1. The junior from Belgrade, Serbia improved to 8-3 on the season as she continues her ascension as one of the elite players in the country.
The Dawgs have also been playing outstanding doubles of late, grabbing the opening point in both matches over the weekend. Elianne Douglas-Mironand Riko Shimuzu were 2-0 at the No. 1 spot against Portland and Iowa State.
Stanford is 5-2 on the season and is coming off a big 6-1 win over Cal. The Cardinal won a national title in women's tennis as recently as 2010 and has won 16 in school history. Stanford has five players nationally ranked in singles, led by Krista Hardebeck at No. 14, who plays at No. 3. Last year's NCAA individual champion Nicole Gibbs plays at No. 1 for the Cardinal.
Cal had been ranked in the top 10, before falling to Stanford. The Bears are led by No. 5 Zsofi Susanyi and No. 8 Anett Schutting, but have four ranked singles players. Overall, Cal is 5-4 and finished 1-2 at the ITA Indoor Team Nationals.
Following the weekend in the Bay Area, Washington will continue Pac-12 play in Eugene the following Friday. The Dawgs face Oregon on Friday, March 15, at noon. Washington won't return home until March 22 when it takes on USC to begin a stretch of four matches at home versus Pac-12 teams.