UW 7, WSU 0

Erin Boisclair defeated Anna Stefanchuck 6-2,7-6(9-7), to give the sixth ranked Huskies a 7-0 shutout victory over the Cougars in the regular season finale at Bill Quillian Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Huskies capped off the best season in history with a 17-3 overall record and 6-2 mark in the Pac-10.

They also made Senior Day memorable, particularly for Boisclair, Colleen Gray and Darija Klaic, who made their final regular-season home appearances and emerged victorious in both singles and doubles.

The match began with doubles, and Boisclair teamed with Erin Hoe in the #3 position to defeat Nora Gaal and Zsofi Fodor 8-4. Then Klaic and Claire Carter clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Lorena Arias and Chris Martinez in #1 doubles.

Gray and Dea Sumantri finished the sweep for Washington with an 8-5 win over Orsolya Sallai and Stefanchuck in the second slot.

Appropriately enough, when play shifted to singles, Gray and Klaic netted the first victories and gave Washington a 3-0 lead. In the #5 position, Gray defeated Gaal 6-1,6-3 and then Klaic followed with a 6-3,6-2 victory over Martinez in the #3 position in a match which began with service breaks in the first five games.

Klaic struck four winners, three from the backhand side and one from the forehand to break Martinez to open the match and take a 1-0 lead. Then she had two game points to hold serve and take a 2-0 lead en route to a potentially easy victory, but she hit committed an unforced error off the forehand and Martinez hit a crosscourt backhand winner to bring the game back to deuce.

Two unforced errors later, Martinez tied the match at 1. The two players then traded breaks through the fifth game, and finally in the sixth game, Klaic held serve with a crosscourt forehand winner to take a 4-2 lead. Ironically enough, the players then held serve through the eighth game and Martinez served to remain in the first set at 3-5.

It looked as if Martinez would close Klaic's lead to 4-5 when she capitalized on two Klaic unforced errors and her own service winner to go up 40-0. Klaic did not concede the game, however, and gained a break point for the set with four consecutive winners.

Martinez then gave Klaic the first set, 6-3, with a double fault.

The second set took the opposite form of the first set, as the players held serve through the first five games, with Klaic taking a 3-2 lead by virtue of opening the set on her serve.

A possible turning point came in that fifth game, as Klaic fell behind 0-40 on her serve with three unforced errors. She then struck a swinging backhand volley winner and a forehand overhead and benefited from a Martinez unforced error to even the game at deuce.

One forehand volley and one service winner later Klaic led instead of trailed 3-2. After that Klaic proceeded to hold her own serve and break Martinez twice to nail down the victory.

Sumantri then clinched the match for the Huskies with a 6-1,6-4 win over Sallai in the top singles match, and Carter followed with an identical 6-1,6-4 victory over Arias in the #2 position.

Erin Hoe then defeated Fodor 6-3,6-2 in a match of left-handers in the #6 position and give Washington a 6-0 lead.

Then attention shifted to Boisclair to see if she could complete a perfect day for the Huskies and the seniors with a win in the #4 position. She took the first set 6-2, and trailed 4-5 in the second before winning the next two games to take a 6-5 lead and serve out the match.

Boisclair hit a run around forehand winner down the line to set up a match point, but Stefanchuck smacked winners on three consecutive points to break Boisclair and force the match to a tiebreak.

Stefanchuck had a match point opportunity at 7-6 in the tiebreak following a Boisclair unforced error, but Boisclair rallied with a forehand approach and a service winner to take a 8-7 lead and gain her second match point.

She converted the opportunity and gave the Huskies the perfect finish when Stefanchuck hit a forehand long.

Following the end of the regular season the Huskies now shift their attention to the individual-oriented Pac-10 championships in Ojai, California from Thursday, April 24 to Sunday, April 27 before heading into NCAA Regional action on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11.

NOTE: During the break between doubles and singles, the Huskies honored their seniors. In addition to Boisclair, Gray and Klaic they bid adieu to Amy Allen, Kathy Chi and Andrea Coulter.

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