UW 6, USC 1

37th ranked Dea Sumantri defeated fifth ranked Jewel Peterson of USC 6-1,6-2 to clinch the match as the #7 Huskies rolled to a stunning 6-1 upset of the #2 Trojans in women's Pac-10 tennis on Friday afternoon. With the win, their first ever over USC in 10 matches, the Huskies improved to 15-3 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-10.

Sumantri made her debut in the top singles position for the Huskies a memorable one, although when the match began it looked as the spotlight might get to her. She double faulted on the first point of the match and eventually lost her serve on a forehand winner by Peterson.

After Peterson won the first two points on her own serve with a backhand passing shot and a forehand winner down the line, Sumantri got the break back with a forehand crosscourt passing shot and three unforced errors. Sumantri proceeded to win the next nine games, winning the first set 6-1 and taking a 4-0 lead in the second.

Then the showers arrived and pushed the match from the courts of Quillian Staidum to the indoor courts of the Nordstrom Tennis Center. When the match resumed after a brief delay, neither Peterson nor Sumantri lost serve, and Sumantri eventually closed out the match with a backhand approach slice winner.

The afternoon began with great promise for the Huskies as they swept the doubles matches and earned the doubles point.

Erin Boisclair and Erin Hoe tallied the first victory, 8-4, over Carine Vermeulen and Melissa Esmero in the #3 position.

Then the Huskies top duo of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic, ranked #13 in the nation, defeated the #19 pair of Peterson and Tiffany Brymer 8-6 despite squandering a 4-1 lead.

Sumantri and Colleen Gray completed the sweep with an 8-6 win over Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola in the #2 position.

In singles play, Klaic put Washington up 2-0 lead with a 6-3,6-3 win over Loyola in #3 singles. Gray made it 3-0 Huskies with a 6-3,6-3 triumph over Vermeulen in the #5 spot.

After Sumantri clinched the match, Boisclair defeated Brymer 6-3,6-2 in the #4 position and Carter dispatched Maureen Diaz 6-2,6-2 in #2 singles.

Melissa Esmero of USC denied the Huskies the shutout victory with a 6-3,6-7(10-12),(10-4) win over Hoe in the #6 position.

The Huskies look to complete the sweep of the Los Angeles schools when they host #15 UCLA at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Quillian Stadium. Should the elements interfere, play will move indoors to the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

After facing UCLA, Washington closes the regular season with a home match against arch-rival Washington State on Saturday, April 19.

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