Washington 6, UCLA 1

Seventh ranked Washington completed its first ever sweep of USC and UCLA in women's tennis with a 6-1 victory over the #15 Bruins on Saturday afternoon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. With the victory, their second in 12 matches against UCLA, the Huskies improved to 16-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-10.

Play began with doubles action, and the Huskies resumed where they left off on Friday against USC, sweeping all three matches and taking the doubles point. The 13th ranked duo of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic defeated Laura Gordon and Sara Walker 8-3 in the top doubles match,

Colleen Gray and Dea Sumantri defeated Anya Loncaric and Ferriel Esseghir in #2 doubles 8-3, and Erin Boisclair and Erin Hoe rallied from a 3-6 deficit to take the next five games and prevail over Sarah Gregg and Susie Wild in #3 doubles 8-6.

In singles action Boisclair gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead with a 6-1,3-1 (retired) win over Gregg in the #4 position, Hoe made it 3-0 with a 6-3,6-2 triumph over Loncaric in #6 singles, and Gray clinched the match and made it 4-0 Huskies with a 6-1,6-3 win over Gordon in the #5 spot.

Klaic rallied from a 1-4 first set deficit to down Esseghir in #3 singles, 7-6(7-4), 2-1 (retired) and give Washington a 5-0 lead, and Carter made it 6-0, rallying from 1-4 down in the first set herself to post a 7-5,6-2 win over Wild in #2 singles.

The Huskies then looked to Sumantri to prevail in the top singles match to give them an impressive shutout, but Walker outlasted Sumantri 7-5,4-6 (14-12) in a tight, hard fought match.

Sumantri broke Walker's serve in the fourth game of the first set to take a 3-1 lead, but Walker broke right back in the fifth game and then held her own serve to even the set at 3.

Both players held serve until the 11th game, when Walker drilled a forehand winner down the line to break Sumantri and take a 6-5 lead. Walker then smacked a service winner to take the set 7-5.

The second set unfolded in the same manner as the first, with Sumantri smacking a forehand overhead winner to break Walker in the fourth game and take a 3-1 lead, but again Walker broke right back and held serve to even the set at 3.

After Sumantri held to go up 4-3, she broke to go up 5-3 with a forehand winner. Just as she did in the fifth game, Walker broke Sumantri in the ninth game and closed to 4-5.

Serving to even the set at 5, Walker instead found herself down three set points after netting a backhand, spraying a forehand wide, and watching a Sumantri forehand just land on the baseline for a winner.

After Walker saved one set point with a forehand volley which just grazed the net and landed on her side of the court, Sumantri converted the next set point with a forehand winner.

With the Huskies having already clinched the team victory, Sumantri and Walker played a 10 point tiebreak instead of a third set to determine the winner.

Up 9-7 in the tiebreak, Walker had two match points, but Sumantri saved one with a service winner and Walker gave away the other one with a wide backhand. Walker then earned her third match point at 10-9 with a forehand volley, but Sumantri tied it at 10 with a forehand approach winner. Sumantri then had her own match point at 11-10 when Walker hit a forehand long, but she gave it away with her own forehand winner.

Walker then earned her fourth match point at 12-11 when she drilled a forehand at Sumantri for a winner, but again she gave it right back when she missed a backhand overhead. After Walker earned her fifth match point at 13-12 when Sumantri hit a wide backhand, she finally closed out the match with a forehand overhead winner.

The Huskies look to close out the regular season with a perfect 9-0 home record when they host arch-rival Washington State at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, either at Quillian Stadium or the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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