Women's Pac-10 Indoor Tennis update

Washington's Erin Hoe advanced to the Flight II championship in Pac-10 women's indoor tennis action at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon with a 6-4,7-5 semifinal victory over California's Nicole Havlicek.

After watching Havlicek hold serve and break hers to narrow a 5-2 first set deficit to 5-4, Hoe capitalized on four Havlicek unforced errors to break back and take the first set. Havlicek then broke Hoe's serve twice to take a 4-1 lead in the second set and it looked as if she would extend the match to three sets, but Hoe rallied, with the turning point apparently coming in the sixth game on Havlicek's serve. The two players battled through 16 points and five deuces before Havlicek sliced a backhand wide and then hit a forehand volley wide to give Hoe the break. Bad luck also seemed to victimize Havlicek on the final point of the game, as on a shot prior to the errant volley, a string on her racquet broke.

Hoe narrowed the deficit to 3-4, holding serve at love, capped by a defensive forehand lob winner, but Havlicek held serve to take a 5-3 lead and force Hoe to serve to stay in the match. Hoe not only held her serve at love with three winners to make it 4-5, but won the next three games. She broke Havlicek at love to even the second set, held again to take a 6-5 lead, and broke again to close out the match on a forehand unforced error.

With the victory, Hoe not only advanced to the Flight II final. but also avenged a 6-4,6-3 loss to Havlicek in the Flight III championship of the 2003 Indoors. She will face California's Jieun Jacobs, who took the Flight II final in 2002, on Sunday at a time yet to be announced. Jacobs advanced and prevented an all-Washington final with a come from behind 3-6,7-6(5),6-3 victory over the Huskies' Dinka Hadzic.

In other action on Saturday, defending Flight I champion Daria Panova of Oregon advanced to her second straight final with a 7-5,6-1 win over the Huskies' Dea Sumantri. Washington's Stephanie Svanfeldt was scheduled to face California's Jessica Shu in Flight IV singles and the Huskies' top pair of Sumantri and Claire Carter was scheduled to face the Bears' Havlicek and Jody Scheldt in Flight I doubles.

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