After spending the last month on the road the Huskies made their only February home appearance and improved to 9-1, while the Illini dropped to 5-5.
Nauenberg and Knue split the first two sets at #$
singles, and in the third, Nauenberg took a 4-3 lead
on serve. In the eighth game Knue looked as if she
would hold serve fairly easily when she won the first
two points for a 30-0 lead, but then Nauenberg won
the next three points, the first on a forehand
approach and the next two on Knue unforced errors, to
gain a break point. She squandered it with an unforced
error but came back to win the next two points and
indeed break Knue's serve.
In the next game, Nauenberg
served for the match but Knue looked like she would
force the match back on serve when she had two break
chances at 15-40. However, Nauenberg saved them both,
the first one on a Knue forehand error and the second
on a service winner. Nauenberg then struck a forehand
crosscourt approach winner and Knue netted a backhand
to end the match.
Illinois took a 1-0 lead by winning two of three
doubles matches. At #2, Knue and Macall Harkins won
the last four games to defeat Mugette Ahn and Tara
Simpson 8-3. Moments later, at #3, Momei Qu and
Anastasia Sokolova defeated Nauenberg and Stephanie
Washington's Dea Sumantri and Dinka
Hadzic prevented a sweep, making a break in the fifth
game stand up as they defeated Cynthya Goulet and
Emily Wang 8-6 in the top doubles match.
When play shifted to singles, the Huskies
dominated. Simpson got the first point on the board
for the Huskies, rolling to a 6-1,6-1 win over
Sokolova at #5. Ahn made it 2-1 Washington with a
6-1,7-6(1)win over Harkins at #2.
In the second set
tiebreak a pair of winners and four unforced errors by
Harkins gave Ahn a 6-0 lead and six match points.
Harkins got on the board with a service winner but Ahn
closed her out with a crosscourt topspin forehand lob
Sumantri gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead, winning
the last four games to defeat Goulet in the top
singles match 6-3,6-4. Then Hadzic secured the win for
the Huskies with a 7-5,6-3 win over Qu at #3. At #6,
Alison Rainey won a three set duel with Paulina
Following their brief return home the Huskies
return to the road for matches at San Diego on Friday,
March 4 and San Diego State on Saturday, March 5.
#8 UW 6, #45 Illinois 1
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