No. 42 Dawgs Host Highly Ranked L.A. Schools
March 21, 2013
Washington improved to 9-5 on the season, earning their first Pac-12 win last weekend at Oregon. The Dawgs improved to 1-2 in conference, but will face a tough test this weekend with two of the nation's top teams.
The Dawgs beat Oregon 5-2, including winning the doubles point and sweeping the first three singles matches to clinch early on. Grace Ysidora and Natali Coronel led the Huskies by clinching the deciding match in doubles to earn the first point and going on to win a singles match. Julija Lukac also had a double win, combining with Andjela Nemcevic on a doubles win, then winning at No. 4 singles.
Nemcevic continues to play at No. 1 singles, where she is 2-3 since taking over. Lukac leads the Dawgs with nine singles wins in dual matches this season, while Nemcevic and Coronel each have eight.
USC comes to town with a record of 13-2, including 2-0 in the Pac-12 after shutting out both Utah and Colorado. The Trojans are led by the nation's No. 2 player, Sabrina Santamaria, but have five ranked singles players. Danielle Lao is ranked No. 8, while current Pac-12 Player of the Week, Zoe Scandalis is ranked No. 27. In addition, Gabriella DeSimone is No. 67 and Giulana Olmos is No. 107.
UCLA is also talented with a record of 11-2 and 2-0 in the Pac-12. The Bruins already beat Washington once this season when they knocked the Dawgs out of the National Team Indoors in qualifying. Robin Anderson leads UCLA as the No. 5 player in the nation, but the Bruins have six ranked players. The others are Kyle McPhillips (No. 58), Catherine Harrison (No. 85), Pamela Montez (No. 86), Kaitlin Ray (No. 90) and Chanelle Van Nguyen (No. 95).
Overall, Washington is 2-18 against USC and 2-22 against UCLA. Last season, Washington lost 5-2 at then-No. 1 UCLA and 7-0 to then-No. 4 USC.
The Dawgs have four in a row at home as Arizona State and Arizona will be in Seattle next weekend. The Dawgs host Arizona State on Friday, March 29, at 1:30 p.m., followed by Arizona on Saturday, March 30, at noon.