#10 Washington 7, Boise State 0

Dea Sumantri defeated Megan Bjorkman 6-4,6-3 in the top singles match to complete the sweep as the 10th ranked Huskies defeated Boise State 7-0 on Saturday afternoon in women's action at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies improved to 4-0 and won in a sweep for the third time, following sweeps of Utah State and Gonzaga.

After getting a rare day off in the Huskies' match against Gonzaga on Friday, Sumantri returned to the lineup against Bjorkman and had a tougher match than many of those in attendance expected. In the second set, she broke Bjorkman for a 4-2 lead and held for 5-2. She then had two match points against Bjorkman's serve at 15-40 but Bjorkman came up with a pair of clutch winners to even the game at deuce, the first on an ace wide to Sumantri's forehand and the second on a forehand right at Sumantri. Bjorkman earned a game point with a service winner and converted it on a backhand unforced error by Sumantri.

Sumantri got her third match point on serve in the ninth game on an angle forehand volley winner, but again Bjorkman denied her the match, drilling a backhand return crosscourt winner on a second serve. After an ace gave Sumantri her fourth match point she finally put Bjorkman away with a forehand crosscourt winner into the deuce court.

Sumantri also teamed with Dinka Hadzic to clinch the doubles point for the Huskies with an 8-1 win over Alissa Ayling and Bjorkman at the #1 position. The Huskies won the match at #2, as Mugette Ahn and Tara Simpson shut out Anna Curtolo and Carolina Pongratz 8-0. Fortunately the Huskies had already wrapped up the doubles point as Saskia Nauenberg and Alison Rainey came up on the short end of an 8-5 score against Tiffany Coll and Nadja Woschek at the #3 position.

In singles, Rainey put the Huskies up 2-0 with a 6-2,6-2 win over Stacey Housley at the #6 position. At #5, Tara Simpson gave the Huskies a 3-0 lead with a 6-0,6-1 win over Coll, but the margin of victory did not indicate the closeness of the match, as not a single game went to either player at love. The opening game foreshadowed what came throughout the match, as Simpson served and had to battle Coll for 16 points. She had as many unforced errors, five, as winners in the game and only when Coll hit a forehand long did Simpson finally take the game.

Nauenberg clinched the match for the Huskies at #4 with a 6-2,6-2 win over Pongratz, and Hadzic made it 5-0 with a 6-4,6-3 win over Ayling at #2. Ahn then made it 6-0 with a 6-3,6-1 win over Woschek at #3 before Sumantri finished off Bjorkman and sent the partisan Husky crowd home happy.

After four easy wins in which they won 27 of a possible 28 points, the competition gets considerably more difficult for the Huskies as they find out where they stand nationally when they travel to the University of Wisconsin for the prestigious annual USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships from Thursday, February 3 to Sunday, February 6. Among the teams joining the Huskies at the Indoors: Clemson - the team which denied the Huskies a berth in the NCAA semifinals in 2004, Duke, Georgia, Harvard, Kentucky, Miami (Fla.), New Mexico, North Carolina, Northwestern, defending NCAA and National Indoors champion Stanford, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCLA, Vanderbilt and host Wisconsin.

Following the Indoors the Huskies travel to Eugene for a match against bitter rival Oregon on Saturday, February 12 before they open the Pac-10 season on Friday, February 18 at California. They next play at home on Saturday, February 26 when they welcome Illinois to the Nordstrom Tennis Center.


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