#27 UW 4, #31 Arizona 3

SEATTLE - Venise Chan and Samantha Smith rallied to beat Sarah Landsman and Natasha Marks 9-8(1) to give the 27th ranked Huskies a crucial doubles point and an eventual 4-3 win over the 31st ranked Arizona Wildcats in women's action at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Huskies improved to 2-4 in the Pac-10 and 11-8 overall, while the Wildcats suffered their first Pac-10 loss to drop to 2-1 and 15-4 overall.

The Wildcats got on the board first at third doubles when Jane Huh and Susan McRann beat Kelli Feeley and Vanja Radunovic 8-2. The Huskies got even at second doubles when Denise Dy and Aleksandra Krsljanin beat Lacey Smyth and Kim Stubbe 8-4. That brought the doubles point down to first doubles on Court 1.

Arizona led 5-3 when Chan held serve for 4-5 and the Huskies broke Marks for 5 all. The sides traded service breaks through Game 14 and a tie at 7 all. Smith finally held serve to give t he Huskies an 8-7 lead, aided greatly by three winners from Chan, two on forehand volleys and the third on a backhand. Landsman came back to hold her own serve for 8 all and force a decisive tiebreak.

The tiebreak proved no contest as the Huskies won five straight points to go up 5-0. After an unforced error by Smith gave Arizona a point for 5-1, Chan closed out the match with a blistering backhand passing shot and a service winner.

The match at first doubles not only provided the difference in a match where the two teams split six singles matches, but also turned out to be the lone highlight from a drama standpoint.

All six singles matches concluded in straight sets. Huh began the the parade of lopsided singles and evened the match at one point apiece with a 6-0,6-0 double bagel of Feeley at the sixth position.

The Huskies regained the lead at 2-1 when Chan, the 23rd ranked singles player in the country, got her own shutout, a 6-0, 6-0 win over Landsman at second singles.

Then in the featured singles match, Dy, the fifth ranked player in the nation, overpowered Marks 6-1,6-0 to put the Huskies up 3-1. She opened the match on fire and set the tone for the match, holding serve at love with four winners: an ace, two forehand winners and a cross-court backhand passing shot.

For the match Dy would finish with an unofficial tally of 37 winners versus 19 unforced errors.

Arizona came back to tie the match at 3-3 with wins at fifth and third singles, respectively. McRann beat Radunovic 6-2, 6-1 at five and then Smyth prevailed 6-1, 6-3 over Smith at three.

That left the final and official clinching point of the match at fourth singles, a battle of slow looping topspin strokes between Krsljanin and Stubbe. Krsljanin gave the Huskies the upper hand, winning the first set 6-1 and going up a break and 3-1 in the second.

At that point it seemed as if the match turned into one where neither player could stand prosperity. Twice, at 3-1 and 4-2, Krsljanin had a chance to hold serve and dig a much deeper hole for Stubbe to climb out of, but both times got broken to let Stubbe back into the match. For her part, though, despite trailing 2-3 and 3-4 and having the chance to hold serve to even the match, Stubbe could not come through. She got broken for the final time in the eighth game, double faulting to give Krsljanin a 5-3 lead.

Stubbe won the first point in the ninth game with a backhand volley, but proceeded to commit four straight unforced errors, giving Krsljanin the set 6-3 and the Huskies the clinching fourth point.

The Huskies return to action and close their home slate with a match against Sacramento State at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2. The match will mark the final home appearance for seniors Chan, Krsljanin, and Radunovic.

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