#50 UW 6, #45 Arizona 1

Capucine Gregoire and Riko Shimizu teamed up o win the decisive doubles match and carried that momentum over to singles, sparking the 50th ranked Huskies to a 6-1 win over 45th ranked Arizona in women's tennis at Quillian Stadium on a cloudy and windy Friday afternoon.

With the win the Huskies snapped a five match losing streak and improved to 11-9 and 3-5 in the Pac-12 while the Wildcats dropped to 13-6,3-5.

The Huskies got off to a great start in doubles when the duo of Grace Ysidora and Julija Lukac easily beat Lauren Marker and Inge Hendrikx at the second position.

However, Arizona won at the number one spot when the 23rd ranked pair of Briar Preston and Shayne Austin beat Elianne Douglas-Miron and Miki Kobayashi 8-6.

That brought the doubles point down to the third match between Gregoire/Shimizu and the Wildcats' Laura Oldham and Devin Chypyha.

The Huskies trailed 6-3 and even the most optimistic fan probably expected the Wildcats to win as they had a couple service breaks in hand and Oldham on serve, but the Huskies broke serve for 4-6 and, after Ysidora held for 5-6, tied the match at 6 all with another break against Chypyha. Lukac held for a 7-6 Husky lead, but Oldham returned the favor for 7 all, forcing a tiebreak. Gregoire and Shimizu dominated the tiebreak, winning the first four points and led 6-1 with five match points. After Chypyha saved one with a terrific reflex half volley winner, Shimizu clinched the doubles and put Washington ahead 1-0 with a forehand winner.

In singles, Gregoire, at the fifth spot, and Shimizu at six got the ball rolling for the Huskies.

First Gregoire beat Austin with surprising ease 6-1, 6-1. It did not appear that the match would go into the books with hardly any difficulty based on the opening game of the match. Gregoire and Austin battled through three deuces in that first game before a couple unforced errors by Austin put Gregoire up 1-0.

Moments after the fifth singles match ended Shimizu punctuated a 6-0, 6-4 win over Hendrikx with a service winner down the center tee.

With the Huskies leading 3-0, who would clinch the all important fourth point? That answer came in the featured singles match on court one as Douglas-Miron beat Marker 6-1, 6-2.

Lukac then made it 5-0 in favor of the home team when she beat Chypyha 6-2, 6-3 at number four.

Kobayashi beat Oldham 7-6, 5-0 retired at court three to make it 6-0.

The only blemish in singles for the Huskies came on court two when Ysidora came up on the short end of a 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(3) result against Preston.

After the two split sets, with the team match already decided for Washington, they played a 10 point super-tiebreak. The two split the first six points before Preston won the next seven points to earn a point for the Wildcats.

The Huskies return to Quillian Stadium on Sunday when they host 24th ranked Arizona State. First serve is scheduled for 11 a.m.


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