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Eighth ranked Washington dominated singles play with five wins in six matches to come from behind and defeat arch-rival and 59th ranked Washington State 5-2 in women's tennis at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

After the Huskies lost the doubles point, they came back with a vengeance in singles. Claire Carter, playing #2 singles, put the Huskies on the board and tied the match at one with a straight set 6-2,6-0 win over Orsolya Sallai.

Then in #1 singles, the Huskies' Dea Sumantri threw a double bagel at Lorena Arias, blanking her 6-0,6-0. The final game of the match epitomized Sumantri's domination, as after Arias lost the first point with a backhand volley beyond the baseline, Sumantri won the next three points with two forehand crosscourt winners and closed out the match with an inside out forehand crosscourt winner.

Erin Hoe then gave the Huskies a sweep in the top three singles matches and a 3-1 lead with a straight set 6-1,6-3 win over Nora Gaal. The Cougars' Amy Toth cut the Huskies' lead to 3-2 with a 6-1,6-3 victory over Stephanie Svanfeldt in #6 singles, leaving it up to Saskia Nauenberg to clinch the match at #5 with a 6-0, 7-6 (1) win over Zsofi Fodor.

After Nauenberg took the first set easily, Fodor rallied to take a 5-3 lead in the second and had a chance to serve to force a third. However, Nauenberg broke Fodor to cut the lead to 4-5 and easily held her own serve at love, drilling two service winners, one backhand pass and one forehand approach to knot the set at 5. Nauenberg then broke Fodor again at love, capitalizing on two unforced errors and a double fault to take a 6-5 lead, and serve for the match.

Unfortunately Nauenberg gave Fodor the break right back, committing three unforced errors, and the two went to a tie break. After Nauenberg lost the first point with an errant backhand, she came back to win the next seven points, five of them on unforced errors by Fodor and the final one on a forehand crosscourt winner.

At #4 singles, the Huskies' Dinka Hadzic took the first set from Chris Martinez 7-6(1), winning seven of eight points in the tie break and in the second, the two players remained on serve through the first five games, with Hadzic taking a 3-2 lead.

Then in the sixth game, Hadzic broke Martinez at love, punctuating the break with a big forehand return winner on a second serve, to take a 4-2 lead, and then held serve for a 5-2 lead and force Martinez to serve to stay in the match. Hadzic had three match points in the game, but Martinez saved all of them, on a forehand overhead smash, an errant volley by Hadzic, and a backhand volley winner.

After five deuces and 16 points, Martinez finally held for 3-5 and forced Hadzic to serve for the match. Hadzic had two more match points, and after double faulting the first one away, smacked a forehand winner down the line to finally emerge victorious.

The Huskies got off to a great start in doubles as the duo of Carter and Sumantri crushed Arias and Fodor 8-0 in the top match, but the Cougars took the #3 match as Toth and Gaal defeated Nauenberg and Monika Kolbovic 8-3, bringing the doubles point down to the match at #2 between the Huskies' Hadzic and Hoe and the Cougars' Martinez and Sallai.

It looked like Hadzic and Hoe had control of the match and would win the point for Washington as they took a 6-2 lead, but the Cougars narrowed the deficit to 5-6 by taking the next three games.

At that point, Hoe still had the chance to serve and give the Huskies a 7-5 lead, but three deuces and 12 points later, the Cougars finally got the break and a 6-6 tie when a Hoe forehand lob landed out.

Martinez then held serve to put the Cougars up 7-6 and they broke Hadzic to complete the stunning 8-6 comeback win.

With the victory the Huskies upped their record to 11-2 and remain undefeated at home with an 8-0 mark.

They open the Pac-10 season on Friday, March 12 at #23 Oregon before traveling to face Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, March 21 and South Alabama on March 22 in a pair of non-conference matches. They then return for their only Pac-10 home matches of the season, against #1 Stanford on Friday, March 26 and #9 California on Saturday, March 27.

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