Womens tennis posts two shutouts

Erin Hoe drilled a forehand winner to complete a 6-2,6-2 win over Leila Cehajic as the sixth ranked Washington women's tennis team defeated 25th ranked Illinois 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Quillian Stadium Sunday afternoon in Seattle.

With the victory the Huskies improved to 19-3 for the season and finished with a perfect 11-0 home record. More importantly, they advance to the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Florida and face Pac-10 foe UCLA in the Round of 16, seeking to avenge a 4-1 loss to the Bruins in the second round of the 2002 tournament.

They also posted their second straight shutout victory following a 4-0 first round win over Southern, but after disposing of the Jaguars in only 90 minutes, they encountered much more resistance in their match with the Illini, needing two and a half hours to prevail.

The afternoon began with doubles, and right away Illinois proved a much tougher opponent. In the top doubles match between the Huskies' 11th ranked duo of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic and the Illini's 25th ranked pair of Jennifer McGaffigan and Michelle Webb, the two teams looked very even, as they traded service breaks through the first five games.

Finally, in the sixth game, Carter held serve at love, punctuating the game with a forehand volley winner, to give the Huskies a 4-2 lead. The two sides held serve through the next four games, but in the 11th game, Klaic hit a forehand approach pass winner to break McGaffigan and put the Huskies up 7-4.

Klaic then held her own serve and finished the 8-4 victory for the Huskies with a service winner wide to Webb's backhand.

Moments later, Erin Boisclair and Hoe defeated Brianna Knue and Cehajic 8-3 in the #3 spot to give the Huskies the doubles point.

When play shifted to singles, Boisclair, ranked #81, defeated Knue in the #4 position to put the Huskies up 2-0. Colleen Gray defeated Webb 6-1, 6-1 in #5 singles to make it 3-0 and Hoe followed with the clincher over Cehajic in the sixth spot.

In addition to advancing as a team to the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Dea Sumantri, ranked #34, and Carter, ranked #48, qualifed individually for the NCAA singles competition.

The team competition takes place from Thursday, May 15 to Sunday, May 18, with the individual competition beginning on Monday, May 19 and concluding on Sunday, May 25.


Washington 4, Southern 0 Illinois 4, UNLV 1

In a match devoid of any drama, the sixth ranked Washington women's tennis team rolled to an easy 4-0 victory over Southern in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Quillian Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Erin Boisclair, ranked #81 nationally, clinched the match with a 6-1,6-0 rout of Jennifer Floyd in the #4 singles position, following a 6-0,6-1 victory by Erin Hoe over Sarah Johnson in the #6 position and #48 Claire Carter's 6-0,6-0 cakewalk over Kelli Nabors in #2 singles.

Unlike during the regular season, when both teams finish all matches even after one team has clinched the win, in postseason play, all of the other matches are halted following the decisive match.

Mercifully for Southern, the two teams did not continue, as the Huskies led comfortably in every match that was suspended.

Boisclair and Hoe began the afternoon on a great note for the Huskies with an easy 8-0 victory over Johnson and Isoke Perry in #3 doubles and the 11th ranked duo of Carter and Darija Klaic dominated Ariana Marshall and Tania Hicks in #1 doubles, also by an 8-0 score.

With the win, the Huskies improve to 18-3 and 10-0 at home. They look to finish the season undefeated at home when they host #25 Illinois in the second round at Quillian Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with first serve in doubles scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Illini had to spend more time on court than the Huskies did on Saturday, but they advanced with a 4-1 victory over #30 UNLV. Jennifer McGaffigan clinched the win with a 6-1,2-6,6-2 defeat of the Rebels' Gyorgyi Zsiros in #1 singles.

In other singles, Illinois' Eldina Fazlic defeated Agnieszka Abram 6-0,6-4 in the #3 position, and Michelle Webb beat Cindy Treber 6-2,6-4 in the #5 slot.

Tracie Chong accounted for the lone UNLV point with a 6-4,7-5 victory over Brianna Knue in #4 singles. The Illini took the doubles point as their top duo of McGaffigan and Webb coasted to an 8-1 win over Paulina Janus and Abram, and in the #2 slot, Tiffany Eklov and Faslic defeated Chong and Treber 8-3.

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