UW duo win flight I doubles championship

Third seeded Claire Carter and Dea Sumantri of Washington brought the 2004 Pac-10 Women's Indoor tennis tournament to a close with an exciting 9-7 victory over California's Raquel Kops Jones and Jieun Jacobs in the Flight I doubles championship at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies took a 2-0 lead to open the match when Carter held serve and they broke Kops Jones, but the Bears rallied to take a 3-2 lead by taking the next three games, breaking the Huskies' serve twice in the process. The Huskies then broke Kops Jones again to tie the set at three games apiece, capped by a Carter backhand volley winner place perfectly between the Bears in the center of the court.

After the two teams traded breaks to remain tied at four, they suddenly got stingy on serve, holding serve for seven consecutive games. The closest either side came to breaking serve came in the 13th game, as California had two chances to break Carter and serve for the match following a pair of unforced errors by the HUskies and a backhand by Jacobs that clipped the net and landed out of Carter and Sumantri's reach for a winner.

The Huskies saved one break point when a volley by Kops Jones landed byond the baseline and evened the game at deuce when Carter lobbed a forehand for a winner. After the game remained tied at deuce following a Sumantri forehand volley winner and a Jacobs backhand return answer, the Huskies finally held and took a 7-6 lead on a forehand volley by Sumantri and an overhead forehand by Carter.

California had another break point on Sumantri's serve in the 15th game, but could not capitalize as Kops Jones committed two unforced errors and Sumantri struck a service winner to give the Huskies an 8-7 lead. With both teams following a pattern of holding serve to that point, it looked as if the match would climax in a tiebreak when Jacobs served in the 16th game and took a 15-0 lead on a Carter backhand volley error. The Huskies, however, took the next four points, the final one coming on a backhand into the net by Jacobs, to close out the match and give the Huskies their first championship in a doubles flight at the Pac-10 Indoors since Zuzana Stunova and Peggy Wu won the Flight I doubles in 2000.

The match was as tight as the score indicated, as the two teams played 101 points, with Carter and Sumantri winning 53 and Kops Jones and Jacobs taking 48.

In singles action, Erin Hoe attempted to give the Huskies their second flight II title in as many years, following Sumantri's win over California's Catherine Lynch in 2003, but came up on the short end of a 7-5,6-3 score against Jacobs. Despite her loss with Kops Jones in the doubles, Jacobs easily earned the moniker of "Husky killer" at this year's Indoors, beating Saskia Nauenberg 4-6,6-3,6-2 in the quarterfinals, adding a 3-6,7-6(5), 6-3 win over Dinka Hadzic in the semifinals, and completing her run to the title with the victory over Hoe. She had to come from behind in both sets as well, as Hoe took a 3-0 lead in the first set and a 2-0 lead in the second, but did so due in large part to unforced errors by Hoe.

In other finals on Sunday, Daria Panova defended her Flight I title, defeating UCLA's Daniella Bercek 6-4, 6-3. In Flight III singles, UCLA's Feriel Essigher defeated teammate Lauren Fisher 7-5,6-3 and in Flight IV, Oregon's Davina Mendiburu prevailed over Cal's Monica Wiesener 2-6,6-1,6-4. Bercek and Sarah Gregg took home the title in Flight II doubles with an 8-2 victory over USC's Judy DeVera and Dianne Matias.

With the Pac-10 Indoors complete, the seventh ranked Huskies turn their attention to the team portion of the 2004 schedule, hosting Portland at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 23 and Idaho at Noon on Sunday, January 25. Both matches will take place in the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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