Men, women, take care of business netside

On a full day of action at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday, both the seventh ranked Washington women and 11th ranked Husky men kept their perfect records intact with dual match victories over BYU.

After the women defeated the 45th ranked Cougars 5-2 to improve to 3-0 for the season, the men also boosted their record to 3-0 with a win over the 61st ranked visitors. Unlike the women of Idaho and Portland, who suffered shutout 7-0 losses to the Huskies last weekend, BYU wasted no time putting a point on the board, taking two of three doubles matches to win the doubles point and move up 1-0. After Rebecca Pike and Lu Oswald defeated Mugette Ahn and Erin Hoe 8-4 in #2 doubles, Sofia Holden and Olga Boulytcheva prevailed over Saskia Nauenberg and Dinka Hadzic 8-5.

Claire Carter and Dea Sumantri avoided a clean doubles sweep by BYU, rallying from a 2-4 deficit to win five consecutive games and eventually prevail over Barbora Zahnova and Hadley Macfarlane 8-5.

Despite losing the doubles point, the Huskies showed their strength in singles, winning four consecutive matches to secure the victory. Nauenberg got the Huskies even with a 6-1,6-3 win over Oswald in #5 singles, and Hoe put the Huskies ahead with a 6-3,6-0 win over Boulytcheva. Ahn made it 3-1 with a 6-2,6-4 victory over Pike in #6 singles, and Sumantri clinched the win for Washington with a 6-2,6-1 win over Holden. Attention then shifted to see if Carter and Hadzic could lead the Huskies to a singles sweep.

Hadzic rallied for an 0-6,6-3,7-6(4) victory in #4 singles, but Carter fell short against Zahnova in the top singles match 5-7,6-3, (10-6).

After the victory by the Husky women, the men took the court and wasted no time taking the doubles point. Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler routed BYU's Ivan Kokurun and Dominik Kaufhold 8-1 in #2 doubles, and then in #3 doubles, Daniel Chu and Nick Weiss prevailed over Christian Hand and Alonzo Medina 8-5. Alex Vlaski and Alex Slovic gave the Huskies a clean sweep with a 9-8 (4) victory over Erik Nyman and Nima Roshan in the top doubles match. Vlaski and Slovic took a 2-1 lead with a break of Nyman's serve in the third game, but the Cougar duo got the break back in the 14th game on Slovic's serve. After Nyman and Vlaski both held serve the match went to a tiebreak.

After six points, the tiebreak was squared at 3 points apiece, but after a Vlaski service winner down the center T, and errant volleys into the net by Nyman and Roshan, the Huskies had three match points.

Nyman got one back for BYU with a backhand return winner on Slovic's serve, but Vlaski put the match away with a forehand volley winner on a weak return by Roshan.

The Huskies made short work of BYU in singles. Scharler defeated Kokurun in the #4 match, 6-4, 6-0 and Vlaski, ranked #2 nationally, broke Nyman twice in the first set and twice in the second to take the top match 6-1, 6-2 and put the Huskies up 3-0. Slovic clinched the victory for the Huskies with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hand in the #2 match. Then Chu won over Tim Bradshaw 7-5, 6-0 in #5 singles and Palmanshofer beat Roshan 6-3, 6-4 in the #3 match to make it 6-0 Washington. A Weiss victory over Kaufhold in the #6 match would have given the Huskies the shutout win but Kaufhold had other ideas.

After the two players split sets, with Weiss taking the first 6-3 and Kaufhold the second 6-2, they went to the third. Kaufhold had a 2-1 lead and served for the chance to go up 3-1, , but after five deuces and two break chances, Weiss got the break to even the set at 2 when Kaufhold netted a forehand.

The two players held serve until the ninth game, when Kaufhold drilled a backhand passing shot past Weiss for the break and a 5-4 lead. Kaufhold had no difficulty holding his serve to close out the match, hitting a forehand volley winner and firing two aces to take a 40-0 lead and set up three match points. Weiss saved the first with a forehand winner but netted the second, giving Kaufhold the set 6-4.

Notes: The Husky men return to action when they host the 2004 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, featuring 16 of the premier programs in the nation, including the 13 highest ranked teams, from Thursday, February 5 to Sunday, February 8 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and the Seattle Tennis Club. All Husky matches, beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 5 against Missisippi, will take place at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

In addition to #11 Washington and #7 Mississippi, the tournament will also feature #1 Illinois, #2 Baylor, #3 Florida, #4 Vanderbilt, #5 Stanford, #6 UCLA, #8 Duke, #9 Texas A&M, #10 Kentucky, #12 California, #13 Texas, Harvard, Boise State and Tulsa. The Husky women will travel to Madison, Wisconsin for the women's 2004 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, also from February 5 to February 8. Top Stories